Cascades Edge

Gain an edge

Confidence in your career path | Fewer costly major changes | Professional experience before you graduate | Stronger resume and interviewing skills

Camryn - Cascades Edge


From career fair to internship

Last year, Camryn Guzman '24 secured an internship with U.S. Bank through an OSU-Cascades career fair, which transitioned into a summer job. Camryn is now looking at careers in finance, and networking through Cascades Edge has been invaluable. Wanting to gain additional leadership skills before graduating with a business administration degree, Camryn participated in a Cascades Edge Leadership Hackathon event. "We worked with mentors to apply leadership skills to real-world situations," she said.


Hearing from industry professionals 

In an academic success course, Adam Nickerson '27 researched career paths and heard from industry professionals. He's interested in becoming a legislative assistant or attending law school. To get there, the political science major laid out an action plan that included internship goals, stellar grades and a position in student government. As the chief of staff for the Associated Students of Cascades Campus, he’s well on his way.

Adam - Cascades Edge


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. 

You will:

  • Take values and personality assessments.
  • Identify important issues you're passionate about. 
  • Explore possible occupations.
  • Conduct informational interviews and learn from guest speakers.
  • Get career planning support and resources.
  • Explore student clubs and local organizations of interest.
  • Evaluate the ROI of your chosen career and your financial goals.
  • 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!

You will:

  • Create a mission statement.
  • Develop a personal action plan.
  • Define what success looks like and connect with a unique purpose.
  • Meet with academic and career advisors.
  • Create an action plan that 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.

You will:

  • Conduct informational interviews.
  • Participate in job shadowing and get to know employers.
  • Meet with career advisors.
  • Participate in internships, research or other experiential learning.
  • Practice interviewing skills.
  • Refine and target your resume.
  • Attend career fairs and networking events.
  • "Preparation for" workshops


She's finding a path

Ruby West '27 declared a major in biology after hearing from professors, alumni and guest speakers in the medical field. “I’m interested in pursuing a career in anesthesiology,” she said. With a love for science and strong math skills, Ruby is researching the right career path. "Financial stability, helping people and the opportunity to travel for work are values that came up on a strength-finder assessment."

Ruby - Cascades Edge
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