Foreword by: Steve Matheny, Executive Director, GACC
How is David Allen ’16 surviving Medical School at The Ohio State University? Read on below!
A large myth that continues to persist with people inside, and outside, of Medical School is that you study 100% of the time and forget about all free time for the next four years. I can safely say that no one does that. People can be intense, and hard working, and yet still have a life outside of medical school. In fact, I would go so far to say that you must have a life outside of medical school or it can be just a tad overwhelming (at least for me J). That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice grades or anything of that sort, but it does mean that you need to figure out a constructive way to take time outside of your computer. So, with that being said, here are some tips!
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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!)
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 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!
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.
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 writing cover letters and personal statements.
Practice your skills.
Practice a career through an internship.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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: …
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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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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!
*Be sure to create your Going Global account from a campus IP address–contact the Knowlton Center with any questions.