Our Mission

Empower, support, and nurture OSU students and alumni in their exploration and pursuit of lifelong career success and meaningful employment in a diverse world.

  • Educate students, alumni, and the OSU campus communities on the lifelong nature of career development, the process of gaining occupational self-awareness, and developing skills and strategies for identifying and securing meaningful employment.
  • Empower students to engage in experiential opportunities, employment, and networking that will help them reach their professional goals, and challenge them to become global and productive citizens.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with alumni, employers, the OSU campuses, and global communities in order to support and provide professionally significant opportunities for OSU students and alumni.
New Initiatives
  • Career Trail-Prep by Step: Introduction of our online career development self-directed and interactive program to reach students and alumni 24 hours per day, making accessibility for all students (including Ecampus) at their fingertips. Career Trail engages faculty and staff by providing a resource for staff including curriculum that can be used individiually or in a classroom setting. Career Trail supports users at diverse levels of development and needs including: Find this on our Career Services website.
    • Know Yourself
    • Know the World of Work
    • Develop Tools and Skills
    • Learn How to Connect
  • Beaver Job Blast: 73% of students are opted in to receiving emails about job postings that are related to their area of study.
  • Inaugural Virtual Career Fair 2012-2013: All-majors fair offered online for the first time with 12 employers and 270 students participating (471 students registered).
  • Student and Alumni Highlights: Monthly rotating highlights are easily visible on our Career Services Blog.
  • Collaborating with OSU Alumni Association
    • Portland Career Event: Career Counseling and Advising for Alums were provided to 14 alums on June 10, 2013 (11 counseling appointments and 9 resume review appointments).
    • Collaborating with Career Development Committee at OSU: Partnering with and participating in new campus wide group, Career Connections on OSU campus to strengthen career development at OSU.
  • Collaborating with University Exploratory Studies Program: Providing Sigi3, an Education and Career Planning Software for the Web. This program assists undecided students and alumni to explore values, interests, and personality traits that impact choices about their major and career path.
Student engagement in Career Development is increasing with additional requests for individual appointments as well as with group presentations. Students engage in discussions focusing on many topics including how to choose a major, what to do with my major, resume development, interviewing skills, networking, social media in the job search, and how to be transition ready for their new career.
A Career Fair is one of the ways students connect with employers to develop relationships, network, and connect to learn more about internships and employment opportunities. On campus recruiting and interviewing engages students, alumni and employers. 

Program Highlights
  • Career Beavers Blog: Named one of the top four blogs for career information in Oregon by Mac's List (a local job board site for the Portland area).
  • Career Services Website: Based on Google Analytics, the Career Services website increased unique users every month compared to the same month last year (October - May), with a total increase of 6,719 users. Looking at October 1, 2012 - June 1, 2013, there are 41.2% new visitors and 58.8% returning visitors with the average time spent on the site at 2 minutes, 3 seconds.
  • Online Seminars: 12 seminars on a variety of topics are now available online for easy access.
  • Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo: Boasted 793 (up 145%) attendees and 53 (down 12%) employer participants compaed to 2012.
  • Collaboration: College of public Health and Human Services Majors Fair 2013: 92% of respondents to the CPHHS Survey reported that they are planning to complete at least one internship during their time in college.
  • Experiential Learning: 53.5% of graduating senior respondents in the OSU Senior Survey engaged in experiential learning (internships) while completing their education at OSU.
  • Employer's View of Experiential Learning/Internships:
    • 59% of respondents shared that their organization was more likely to hire a new college graduate with internship experience than one without internship experience.
    • 67% of employers reported that their company/organization currently has an internship program.
  • Active Facebook Fans in 2013: 1,639

Career Services Advisory Committee (established in 2012): Created to establish a strategic partnership between Career Services and employers representing diverse industries who are also some of our key stakeholders. The meetings successfully engaged employer support of career development and program advancement for students, as well as helped foster the critical link between employers on recruiting trends, needs from each industry, and valuable input and suggestions to ensure we are adequately preparing our students for the workforce. The Committee has 11 members representing the following industries:

  • Retail
  • Education
  • Recruiting
  • Finance
  • Automotive
  • Small Business
  • Consulting
  • Volunteer
  • Non-Profit

Connecting Students and Employers through Career Fairs, Interviews, and OSU's Beaver Job Net.

Student/Alum Spotlight


Ready to get inspired for your job, internship, or career search? Each month we will spotlight an OSU student that has inspired us when it comes to their career development. Check out their success stories—besides inspiration, they also show that academic major does not have to restrict your goals and that there are many ways to define success.

"It has always been a dream of mine to go to Africa to volunteer and now, I've been given the amazing opportunity to serve as an intern with Child Health Family International and IE3 Global Internships. I discovered this internship primarily through a career fair last winter while visiting IE3 Global Internship's booth. There, the representatives gave me pamphlets and flyers leading me to further resources online, which all helped me find the program I was passionate about."

Read Jessica's success story on the Career Beavers Blog.

  • 1639 Active Facebook Fans in 2013
  • 1,591 Career Counseling Sessions
  • 31% Career Counseling Sessions Growth Compared to 2012
  • 215 Ecampus Phone & Skype Sessions
  • 1,182 Drop-In Appointment Sessions
  • 4,371 Students Attended Career Fairs 
  • 431 Employers Attended Career Fairs 

I wanted to say thank you again for your help at our sessions these past couple of weeks. While I watched your presentation in my seminar class and have been exposed to the basics of Career Services, as well as career-searching in general, the information never "clicked". Being able to discuss options, methods, and just be able to ask general questions about looking for a career has helped me start on the right track. Not having much of a background or role models to look on to, having this service and taking advantage of it was really beneficial. Again, thank you for taking the time to help me, and I will be keeping in touch on my progress. - Jessica Randall

Annual Report 2011 - 2012 PDF.

Website: http://oregonstate.edu/career

Email: Career.Services@oregonstate.edu