Tip Tuesday: Halloween

Written by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Career Services and Education, Audrey Bledsoe

It’s the end of October and that means…HALLOWEEN!!  You may have many scary things on your mind…goblins, ghouls, ghosts, monsters under the bed, and…your job search?  Far too often we hear students describe feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and even fear when it comes to their job or internship search.  Especially this time of year, when it feels like you are surrounded by students interviewing and getting offers.  Our advice is: don’t be scared, be confident!   Realize that there are a ton of other great opportunities out there, and one of them will be the right fit for you!

In addition—have you ever heard of “imposter phenomenon?”  Wikipedia defines it as a person’s “inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’…Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.”  This is a real thing!  In a college setting, students often feel like their peers are more successful than they are, therefore making them feel like they don’t belong and that they do not deserve the success they have achieved.  Some common signs of imposter phenomenon include:

  • Perfectionism
  • Overworking
  • Undermining your achievements
  • Fear of failure
  • Discounting praise

If you are reading this and saying to yourself, “wow, this sounds like me,” take action!  Seek out some of Ohio State’s resources for students to help you navigate the stresses of college life.

The Career Counseling and Support Services (CCSS) office is here to help.  Located in the Younkin Success Center on the 2nd floor, CCSS offers several ways to support students going through a difficult time finding an internship or full-time job.

In addition to helping with career and major exploration and elements of the job search campaign, such as resumes and interviewing, CCSS sees many students that are facing challenges as they seek career clarity.

As you explore your career path, you may experience fear or self-doubt about your ability to achieve your career goals.

  • Anxiety may be clouding your path and keeping you from taking the next steps in pursing the career you want.
  • You may lack confidence in your ability to develop the resume and interview skills needed to land the jobs you are most interested in or worried your skills don’t match your goals
  • You might be faced with the grief, fear, and rejection that often accompany letting go of previous career goals.
  • Your multiple interests, abundance of ideas or diverse skill set may make it difficult to organize your thoughts.
  • It can be a struggle as you compare yourself to your peers and navigate external pressures from familial expectations.
  • You may face challenging situations related to diversity, prejudice and/or discrimination.

If any of the above sounds like something you may be struggling with, CCSS can help.

  • They help students every day as they cope with and process these personal issues related to their career path.
  • They can help you develop and understand your own career story and find valuable ways to express your own identity/life purpose and boost your self-efficacy to find and land the jobs you are looking for.
  • CCSS provides a place for you to be vulnerable as you explore your fears and doubts and learn to respond to failure, the unknown and other challenges in constructive and positive ways.

Sound like something you are going through?  Check out the CCSS website here for a full list of services: http://ccss.osu.edu/

You can also follow CCSS on Facebook or Twitter.

Career counselors/consultants are available by appointment or during walk-in hours.  To schedule an appointment with CCSS, call (614) 688-3898.  Appointment hours are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Walk-in hours are, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-3:00, Wednesday and Friday 9:00-11:00.





Katie Reynolds

Katie Reynolds is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Career Development in the Office of Career Management at Fisher College of Business.

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