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.





Tip Tuesday: OCM Annual Report

OCM Publishes 2016-17 Annual Report

Written by Senior Director, Undergraduate Career Management and Recruitment

The Office of Career Management recently published its Annual Report for the 2016-17 year. Some interesting highlights from this report:

  • Fisher students had direct access to 726 companies last year through on-campus interviews, job fairs and other career events
  • FisherConnect provided 1,786 Full-Time and 1,138 Internship postings to undergraduate students last year
  • The Office of Career Management Undergraduate Team reached over 4,300 undergraduates through presentations and workshops, and we did 1,163 QUIC interviews last year
  • The top 5 companies hiring undergraduate students last year include:
    • JPMorgan Chase
    • EY
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Cardinal Health
    • Abercrombie & Fitch

To see more information about the Office of Career Management – including outcomes data on all of our undergraduate students who graduated 2016-17 – click on the link below!


Tip Tuesday: Peer Career Coach Walk-Ins Available

Have you updated your resume with your summer job or your new involvement on campus?  Never written a cover letter before, but want someone to review your rough draft?  Developing your LinkedIn profile? 

Meet with our Peer Career Coaches!  They only see students on a walk-in basis, so drop by 150 Gerlach Hall in between your classes!  Learn more about our coaches and find their availability here.

Tip Tuesday: Unpaid and Commission-Based Internships

Considering an unpaid internship?


If you are thinking about pursuing an unpaid internship, or an internship that is based on commission, you need to carefully weigh the benefit of skills gained vs. how it will affect your financial well-being.  For instance, how many hours would you be able to give to an employer for an unpaid internship while still having enough time for any wage-earning jobs that you will hold concurrently?  You need a clear understanding of how a commission-only job is structured so that you can approximate the “prep time/payoff” ratio.  Also, keep in mind that students without prior internship experience may find greater benefit in these types of opportunities compared to students who have completed previous internships.  Often, these experiences allow students to strengthen their resumes so they can later qualify for paid internships.

FisherConnect does not post unpaid internship opportunities, but it will post positions that are stipend or commission-based.  You will see the following phrase accompanying these positions: Compensation for this position is stipend or commission/quota based. Be mindful of this payment structure when considering the opportunity and conduct thorough research to ensure you understand the potential outcomes and skills required to be successful in this type of position.

If you choose to interview for positions such as these, we encourage you to ask questions such as the ones listed below:

  • What percentage of time will I spend on administrative work vs. resume-building experiences related to my career development?
  • Which task will I be spending the most amount of time on?
  • Will I be able to obtain, in writing, an outline of the commission/stipend structure?
  • (If a campus marketing position) Will I be asked to utilize my own network (i.e. friends/social media connections) to be successful in this role?
  • Are you able to provide the contact information for previous interns, so that I may contact them for their opinion on the position?
  • (If an unpaid internship) Is there a possibility for this unpaid internship to evolve into a paid position in the future?
  • What types of career exploration activities will be offered through this opportunity?
  • Which transferable skills will I be able to obtain, or improve upon, via this position?
  • What is the average income that a sales representative earns (and differences between top salespeople vs. average salespeople)?
  • Could you describe your training program in detail?  Are new salespeople able to train with experienced salespeople?
  • What is the salesforce turnover rate?
  • Are leads provided or does the representative need to prospect their own leads?
  • What would you consider to be the biggest challenges to selling your product/service?

Please note you will not be able to ask all of these questions during the interview, so choose a few that seem most appropriate for your situation.


If you have any questions about this type of opportunity, please make an appointment to speak with a career consultant in the Office of Career Management at your earliest convenience.




Tip Tuesday: Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Sheri Sheffel

It’s beginning to be that time of year…. job offer time (don’t freak out if you haven’t received an offer, there are still months of opportunities ahead of you)! But how do you know if your offer is right for you? Will you be happy at the company? How are you supposed to begin even thinking about “the real world?” We get it… this can be a daunting time, but don’t forget to be excited!!! You’re finally seeing all of your hard work payoff.  Here are a few steps to walk through when evaluating your offer and how to negotiate.

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  • If you have been given a short decision timeline, it is okay to ask for an extension. Make sure to express your gratitude for the opportunity, but let them know you realize it is a big decision and you want to fully think through your options.
  • Assess what is important to you. It can help for you to rank the pay, location, position, company size, etc. based on what is the most important for your summer/future career. How does the company/companies stack up against your rankings (use our matrix provided in the handout link at the bottom)?
  • Reflect on your past experiences. Were you an intern? Did you enjoy your internship or did you find the days dragging by? What did/didn’t you like? Not an intern before? You can still reflect back on your previous work experiences to look at what you liked and didn’t like. How did that position/company compare to the position you’ve been offered?
  • Utilize your network for two reasons. The first to reach out to current employees of the company to get a realistic look of company culture and other perks you can’t read online. The second reason is to talk with your family and friends who know you best. These people can be used as a great sounding board when you’re discussing future opportunities and environments that have brought out your best work in the past.
  • Did you decide the company and position are right for you, but want to negotiate your pay? We do not recommend this for internship positions, but it can be done for full-time positions. It is important to remember that you can’t just negotiate pay unless you have solid reasoning as to why you are worth more (experiences, skills, etc.). You can also use Fisher Career Data Central to give you hard data on what your peers have been offered by this company and show what other companies are offering your peers. When negotiating, it is important to stay grateful for the opportunity that you have been given and ensure that you do not come off as greedy.

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If you want personalized advice, don’t hesitate to make an appointment  with one of our career consultants.  Want more information? Check out our full job evaluation/negotiation handout.