The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Career and Major Resources

Career Planning

One to one individual consultation with the Director of Career Services or through small group planning in ASC 1900: Career Readiness, a one credit course.

Your 4-Year Plan

Give yourself an advantage over those who think they can wait until their senior year to “get serious about figuring out a career.” Steps taken during your first three years in college will go a long way in helping you to clarify career goals and build a competitive resume or application for graduate or professional school by building your “Personal Brand”. Use Your 4-Year Plan as a guide to map out a four-year plan…you’ll be glad you did when you feel in control – and on the right track – when searching for a job during your senior year!

Ohio State Majors and Minors Exploration

Choosing a major and/or a minor are important decisions. Career Counseling and Support Services and University Exploration offer links to very helpful resources to assist students with decision making.

Explore Graduate or Professional Schools

If you are considering going to graduate school or professional school, start planning 18-24 months before your undergraduate degree will be earned. For tips and strategies on grad school prep, go to: Exploring Graduate Schools

Career Exploring

FOCUS: Career Guidance Program

Investigate how your interests, career values, and activities match various occupations where you might be compatible through FOCUS.

Interest Inventories

Gather information about yourself and the world of work by using interest/personality inventories like The Career Interest Game or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Personal Branding

Developing your Personal Brand should be integrated into your Career Planning. In order to compete in the global market place, you must seek out opportunities from a variety of resources like Experiential Learning, Education Abroad, Leadership, Service Learning and Research. For more details on developing your Personal Brand, PricewaterhouseCoopers offers personal branding tips and worksheets in their e-book. Take time to read through the materials. Leverage the tips in everyday interactions. Use the worksheets to become more aware of the skills that make you different. And importantly, take actions each day that build the personal and professional skills to create your unique personal brand.

Experiential Learning

Explore occupations of interest through informational interviewing, internship or volunteering. For more helpful links to sources of information, go to Career Counseling and Support Services.

Education Abroad

At Ohio State, you have the opportunity to gain an education abroad experience by taking classes through an exchange program or foreign university, complete an independent study or service learning project, conduct research or participate in an internship program. Of the more than 100 programs in 40 different countries, there's one especially designed with you in mind. More information

Service Learning

Explore careers by participating in an organized service activity that is connected to a course. For more information, go to: Service Learning


Recruiters seek to find graduates with leadership skills. One way to build your leader ship skills is to get involved with a student organization on campus. The Mansfield campus offers leadership opportunities through the Office of Student Engagement.


As an undergraduate student, you can expand your knowledge by working with a faculty member as a research assistant or participating in a research thesis option. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Research page.