Career Development, Every Term

Where will your path take you? Let’s explore it together. Cascades Edge is career development built into your coursework every term – at no additional cost. It’s our commitment to helping you find a future that inspires you and providing the tools to get there.

Gain an Edge

Confidence in your career path

Fewer costly major changes

Professional experience before you graduate

Stronger resume and interviewing skills

   

Explore It

Cascades Edge starts your very first term. Whether you are passionate about your major or still undecided, we’ll work with you to explore your strengths, values and interests — and how they relate to different career paths.

  • Values and personality assessments. 
  • Identify important issues you're passionate about. 
  • Explore possible occupations.
  • Informational interviews and guest speakers.
  • Career planning support and resources.
  • Explore student clubs and local organizations of interest.
  • Evaluate the ROI.
  • Create a draft resume.

  

Design It

How do you want to make an impact? You’ll design a personalized mission statement and action plan that gives direction and purpose to your academic career. Refine it as you grow!

  • Gives sense of direction and purpose to your academic career.
  • Defines what success looks like and connects with unique purpose.
  • Used by academic advisors and career advisors.
  • Action Plan identifies next steps to developing your career.

  

Land It

Get the edge you need to land a great job after graduation. Every term, you'll pursue professional development activities that give you a career advantage.

  • Informational interviews.
  • Job shadowing and get to know employers.
  • Meet with career advisors.
  • Internships, research or other experiential learning.
  • Practice interviewing skills.
  • Refine and target the resume.
  • Attend career fairs and networking events.

Earn Digital Badges for LinkedIn

Employers are looking for graduates with the following skills. Earn digital badges with Cascades Edge for the Licenses and Certifications section of your LinkedIn profile. Badges include:

  

Career & Self Development

  

Communication

  

Critical Thinking

  

Equity & Inclusion

  

Financial Literacy

  

Leadership

  

Professionalism

  

Teamwork

  

Technology

 

Professional Experience Before You Graduate

No matter your major, at OSU-Cascades you'll find ways to elevate your learning — and your resume — with real experiences in your field. That's guaranteed.

Hydro Flask sales intern and outdoor products major Brendan Lewis worked with buyers to improve Hydro Flask’s in-store merchandising, made sure e-commerce sites were up-to-date with photos and branding, and helped Hydro Flask’s team of sales managers with daily tasks. “I do well with hands-on learning,” said Brendan. “I'm excited to be getting real-life experience in my field.”

Find What You Love

When wild animals get injured, Think Wild's wildlife hospital on Bend's east side rehabilitates them to be released back into the wild. Tourism, recreation and adventure leadership major and Think Wild intern Liz Crandall fed, medicated and monitored animals ranging from songbirds to owls to skunks. “In the future, when I'm helping people enjoy the outdoors, I want to be more than just a guide,” said Liz. “I want people to have a richer understanding of the space they are in.”