5 Reasons to Consider Columbus Post-Grad

Where do you want to be after graduation? We have a list of five reasons you should add our neighbor to the west to your short list!

1. Jobs, anyone?

Columbus is a city of opportunities for individuals of many interests. The area is home to leaders in business, finance, nonprofit, startups, education, healthcare, even fashion. You name it, Columbus has it!

Cardinal Health, Nationwide, L Brands, and Abercrombie are all headquartered here if you’re hoping to succeed in the business world. And you’d be in good company, all three employ Denisonians. Finance more your thing? How about JP Morgan Chase or Huntington? Both have multiple offices in the city.

Columbus is home to leaders in healthcare including The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center—a world-renown university and research hospital. Whether you want to research, work in a trauma center, a heart hospital, a women’s center, or more—Columbus has it all.

Home to many nonprofits and startups created to solve the issues of our day, Columbus is a community that gives back and welcomes creativity. Your liberal arts education will prepare you well for any career in which you’ll need to collaborate across differences and creatively problem-solve (pro tip: that’s pretty much all of them).

Looking for a job or internship? Check out the BioScience Career Fair, CareerFest, and the Blue Jackets Career Fair for opportunities in the area across industries.

2. It’s affordable:

Pretty much everything in Columbus costs less than other cities—rent, groceries and entertainment. If you’re working or living outside the city center, you’ll definitely need a vehicle, but downtown dwellers have options including zip car rentals, bike rentals, COTA busses, and of course, Uber and Lyft.  

3. There’s plenty to do:

Columbus is home to the best in entertainment: major concerts, restaurants, and even professional sports! Columbus is for foodies, artists, sports fans, fitness enthusiasts, and everything in between.

Whether you’re hitting up trendy restaurants or the gallery hop in the Short North, attending a concert at Nationwide or Express Live, drinking way too much coffee, logging a yoga class, enjoying the outdoors, checking out local breweries (when you’re 21, of course) and festivals like Pride, Comfest, and more—you can definitely keep yourself busy!

4. Sports, anyone?

You might first think of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but Columbus also boasts the Blue Jackets (they’re kind of on fire this year), the Columbus Clippers, a minor league baseball team, and the Columbus Crew, a major league soccer team, the Ohio Aviators, a pro rugby team, and the Ohio Machine, a professional Lacrosse team. There’s no shortage of athletic events in Ohio’s capitol city! (P.S., keep an eye out for information on the Blue Jackets Career Fair!)

5. You’re in good company:

Columbus is the home to the greatest number of Denison alumni in the world and it’s not just Ohioans that stay—alumni from all over decide to make Columbus home after graduation.

Whether it’s a friendly face walking down the street, a business contact, or a lively crowd at a Denison alumni event—Columbus is the place to be.

Finding your fit:

Finding a place that fits you is an important step in your career success. You’ll need to consider whether your industry presents opportunities, proximity to home, what you value, the weather you prefer, your mode of transportation, and what you like to do for fun. Don’t limit yourself based on preconceived notions of cities—get out there and start researching and exploring!

We can help!

Are you searching for a job and you’re unsure where you’d like to end up? Make an appointment to talk with a career coach about what you want from your new home and the job search process.

What does the Fox Say: Practice Makes Perfect

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Congrats to the Cubs for winning the 2016 World Series. Fly the W with pride! What an amazing series, coming down to an extra inning (rain delayed!) in game 7. Cleveland fans should be proud of their team too, and hopefully, your “someday” is 2017.

An important lesson can be learned from the World Series. Most of those players have long wanted to be a professional ball player. (Not to mention that both Cubs and Cleveland fans had dreamt, until last night, for a combined 176 years to bring home a World Series championship.) However, you can’t just dream it. It takes practice PRACTICE. Lots of practice. The players on both teams have practiced, and practiced, and practiced some more. They have recognized their strengths and worked hard to improve their “weaknesses.” They studied the game and took advice from others. Even with natural-born ability and the greatest coaches, great players need to practice.

The same is true of your career or professional path. You can’t just “dream” it to happen. You cannot rely simply on your talents. You need to work for it. You need to practice. The Knowlton Center has a wealth of resources and great career coaches to guide you. However, you need to own your future, to step up to the plate and practice.

Practice researching different types of careers.

Practice networking.

Practice writing cover letters and personal statements.

Practice your skills.

Practice a career through an internship.

Practice interviewing.

Practice your elevator pitch.


Utilize your Knowlton Center coaches every step of the way. Just like Joe Madden and the Chicago Cubs, the Knowlton Center Coaches and your dedication to practice will result in a professional win.

Take 90 seconds to do these 3 things to increase your visibility on LinkedIn!

:90 to a stronger LinkedIn profile

Step One:

LinkedIn rolled out a new feature in the last couple weeks that you don’t want to miss out on, the ability to signal to recruiters that you’re open to opportunities. Simply navigate to the Jobs tab and click “Preferences” and toggle the option on.

Whether you’re looking for internships or full-time employment, you’ll want to make sure this option is selected.

Open to opportunities

Step Two:

While you’re there, take a few seconds to update your preferences—you can add locations, types of employment, potential job titles, industries, and company size preferences. This tells LinkedIn what you are interested in and allows them to serve you more useful information and potential opportunities on the jobs page.


Step Three:

Increase the relevance of your profile by completing your profile with accurate, keyword-rich descriptions.

For today, navigate back to your profile and do the following:

  1. Set your city to the location where you’re seeking employment.
  2. Choose your preferred industry–you can only pick one!
  3. Add a headline to describe what you’re looking for. Click through for suggestions from LinkedIn on how to complete your profile.

There you have it—three quick steps to increase your visibility on LinkedIn and provide accurate information to the people looking for you. To keep this short, stay tuned for more info on how to increase the relevance of your LinkedIn profile in future posts!

What Does the Fox Say: Articulating Your Abroad Experience

Bonjour from Burton Morgan!  I’m back from Paris where I had the opportunity to go with a Denison group to visit with faculty and administrators at the American University of Paris to discuss the possibility of establishing a possible summer program focusing on International Business. Stay tuned!

On the long flight back, I reflected on how our students articulate the benefits of an international experience.  We know that many employers place importance on international experiences, and such experience will benefit students who want to work for globally competitive organizations.

However, as transformational as an international experience can be, it is often very difficult for students to confidently articulate the value of the experience. Here is a list of some of my favorite competencies gained from participating an international experience. Think about how you convey these, using your own words and examples, in a resume, cover letter, interview, or networking opportunity:

“My international experience provided me the opportunity to: …

  1. Step outside of my comfort zone
  2. Work and learn independently
  3. Become adaptable to situations of change
  4. Apply information to new or broader contexts
  5. Identify social/political/global implications of decisions
  6. Interact with people who hold different interests, values, or perspectives
  7. Understand cultural difference in the workplace (classroom, etc.)
  8. Undertake tasks and opportunities that are unfamiliar

Life Hack: Mint

Life hack: mint

What is it?

Mint is an online budgeting tool that helps you seamlessly manage your finances. You enter your account information and it keeps track of your money that comes in, goes out, and where it goes. The best part? It has the security of online banking, so your information is safe. Bonus: they have an amazing app, so you can budget on the go!

How does mint work?

How does it make my life easier?

Do you know how much you spend on coffee each week? How about eating out? It’s really easy to just swipe your card for small purchases, but they add up quickly. Mint separates your purchases by category, so you can see exactly where your money is going. It also allows you to set budgets for the categories of your choice and shows where you should be in your budget, based on the day of the month.

If you have debt (credit card, student loans, car, etc.), you can enter those accounts, too and watch them decrease as you pay them off!

What are some of the best features?

I love the app; it keeps me honest with my budget. It also alerts you if you spend more than normal in a particular area, which can be great in the unfortunate event your account is compromised. It also pulls your credit score for free and explains how the different components affect the overall score.

A really useful feature is the “Fast Approaching Budgets” section, which tells you how much you have left in budget areas that are getting close to budget, so you know where you need to cut back.

Is there a catch?

There are ads in the app, disguised as “Advice,” which are attempts to get you to sign up for a credit card. Resist the temptation—buy only what you can afford and use cash!

How do you keep yourself on budget? Are you a pen and paper person? Do you use Excel? Let us know!

What Does the Fox Say: Abroad and My Career?

Dear Dr. Fox, 

All around campus this week I’ve seen information about going abroad.  I’ve never really thought about it and now I’m wondering if an experience abroad can help me in my career journey.   Is this something I should consider?

– Confused In Granville

Dear Confused In Granville, 

Great question!  Dr. Fox is actually headed to Paris this week to explore additional opportunities to send students abroad, so I’ll take this question for you!   Studying abroad or doing an international internship can be a life-changing experience–studying or interning in another country can expand your understanding of other cultures, help you gain independence, and see the world from a different angle;  all valuable skills in an increasingly globalized world.

Hopefully, you had a chance to check out some of the awesome opportunities this week during Global Education Week.  But if not, don’t worry!  Both Off-Campus Study and the Knowlton Center can help you learn more about which opportunities are right for you and how to pursue them with the proper planning. Abroad experiences can be affordable and accessible no matter your major or extra-curricular commitments.

Are you aware of the free resource available to you called Going Global*?  This tool provides country-specific career and employment information, internship opportunities and cultural advice, be sure to check it out!   Look for more information to come from our office about internship opportunities in India as well!

Keep your eye out for more information from our office about internship opportunities in India as well!

Jet-lagged Dr. Fox will be back next week with more great advice!


*Be sure to create your Going Global account from a campus IP address–contact the Knowlton Center with any questions.

What Does the Fox Say: What General Advice Do You Have for Us?

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Dear DocFox –

We are through the first couple of weeks of school, any general advice you have for us?

The Fox Says:

Admittedly, I used to despise inspirational quotes.  I have never purchased or read a single Chicken Soup for the Soul book.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m now in my 40’s, or perhaps it’s my time spent working with college students, but I tend to look at some inspirational quotes from a new perspective.  And it may sound cheesy, but I have become inspired by the quotes.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. 

Life is about creating yourself.”

There is some question as to the accuracy around whether or not this quote is attributed to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, but regardless of who said it first, it has become – as a Career Coach – my absolute favorite “quote du jour.”  Let’s replace “life” with “college”, however.

College isn’t about finding yourself. 

College is about creating yourself.”

Should you take time to explore?  ABSOLUTELY!  However, you must work for your success and own the actions that you take. In the Knowlton Center, we talk a lot about the importance of student agency.  Exploration is a piece of agency.  Explore opportunities and then show up, be engaged, and work hard to create your academic, personal, professional, and co-curricular self.
And, isn’t that one of the best parts of a liberal arts education?  From the diverse curriculum to the variety of opportunities, you have many mediums in your reach.  Denison is your canvas … now it’s up to you to create you.


Think how you spent your summer isn’t important? think again!

Make an appointment!
Check out some great advice from Michele Doran, Associate Director, Knowlton Center for Career Exploration!

While having an internship at a Fortune 500 company or conducting summer research certainly stands out on a resume, not every student, for various reasons will participate in that type of opportunity. So what DID you do this summer?  I am always surprised at how sheepishly students bring up the fact that they didn’t have an internship over the summer. In most cases students had a “summer job” and unfortunately, many seem embarrassed by that.

Summer internships and research can be very valuable with regards to career preparation, however, students should not discount the importance of other types of summer experiences. The important thing is to reflect deeply on how you grew over the summer.


If you traveled, did you learn to problem solve, get more comfortable with other cultures, step outside of your comfort zone? Perhaps this is the only time due to academics that you had the time to travel, no need to apologize for that. Traveling and experiencing new places can be very influential to your overall personal growth.


Maybe you had a less-than-glamorous summer job. What did skills did you develop?  Did you develop a work ethic, work with a diverse team, gain an understanding of the importance of deadlines and maybe get exposure to a career field that you never thought of? Spent your summer as a nanny or babysitter? Consider time management skills developed getting multiple children to different activities at different locations, conflict resolution (when dealing with sibling squabbles) and negotiating skills (no one drives a harder bargain than a truculent teenager).

Time to update that resume!

When you are updating your resume at the end of summer make sure to take the time to reflect on your experience. Ask yourself what instances made you stretch yourself, what seemed most important to you and how might these learning experiences be transferable to other fields? It isn’t too late to start a journal to take notes. When adding to your resume remember to focus on your accomplishments and not necessarily each individual task for which you were responsible.

Of course, the staff from The Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration is ready to help you wade through these questions, regardless of what how you spent your summer—we can’t wait to see you soon!

What Does the Fox Say: Why so many Icebreakers??

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Dear DocFox –

I’ve been here for less than 2 weeks and I feel like I’m spending half my time answering the same 4 questions:
What is my name, what is my hometown, what is my major, and my least favorite: what is something interesting about me. What gives??

M. from Chicago

First-Year, Undecided Major (maybe Anthropology/Sociology)
(Oh, and in case you are wondering, I am an aspiring entrepreneur and started a dog walking business this summer.)

Dear M:

Thanks for writing!  Yes, the beginning of the year is filled with introductions and icebreakers – in your residence halls, in student organizations, probably even a few classes. Icebreakers are not only a way to get to know others in an often fun and occasionally engaging way, but they are also team builders and a way to hone your networking skills. Why is that important, you may ask?  In both college and the “real world” you will be asked to work in teams and/or contribute in many ways. It’s much easier to work in teams when you have already established a good rapport.  And, it’s even easier when you know each other well enough to effectively leverage one another’s talents, strengths, and interests!
As for networking, it may seem unimportant, especially as a first-year student, but it is useful! Don’t think of it as needing to work a crowd or boast about yourself; use it to build relationships one at a time and teach others who you are and what opportunities you might want to explore. It’s also a great way to help others make connections to accomplish their goals. So, build your networks over the next 4 years…talk with classmates, faculty, staff, your roommate’s parents, etc. The questions may seem mundane, but it’s a great way to strike up a conversation and make early connections – especially with your classmates.  Did you know Starbucks, Hewlett and Packard, and Facebook were all started by college friends? Thank goodness for ice breakers!
Pro Tip: When you do introduce yourself, make sure you say your first and last name.  Perhaps I want to offer you a gig walking my adorable dog … I don’t know how to get in touch with you since I don’t know your last name!


Linkedin Extra Credit: LinkedIn Jobs

Looking to learn more about a company you admire? Have some connections at a company, but you’re not sure what they do? Maybe you’ll soon enter the job search and want to get a feel for the type of positions available. LinkedIn Jobs is a great place to start!

As an example, I’ll use Nationwide Insurance, headquartered in neighboring Columbus, and an employer of plenty of Denison alumni! It’s very easy

  1. Go to LinkedIn Jobs.
  2. Search a company, keyword, or position.
  3. Explore!

LinkedIn Jobs allows users to explore the positions and companies in which they’re interested and see how they’re connected. You can see below that I have three connections who currently work at Nationwide, and they’ve hired 21 individuals from Denison. If I were interested in the position, I’d have Denison in common with 21 employees. Having Denison in common gives me a great place to start a conversation!

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You can also learn more about other select employees, including past employers, their university, and their skills, all at a glance:

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Lastly, you can follow the company, get to know their values, see other available positions at the company, and explore similar positions outside the company:

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LinkedIn Jobs allows individuals to apply directly from the page or save a job for later. It’s a great way to research companies as you begin the job search, so get out there and explore!

Have you used LinkedIn Jobs? Let us know your experience!