Each week, career coaches, Rachel and Laura, will explore different topics to help you continue designing the career you want!

 

In the same amount of time it takes to ride the chair from base to summit, you will learn and gain advice from industry professionals on how to give your career a lift.

 

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Episode 1: Your Career Coaches

Career Coaches, Rachel and Laura, share their WHY behind the CareerLift podcast. In addition, they both share a bit about who they are and how they ended up in their current roles at OSU-Cascades.

 

Episode 2: Insight from the Employment Department 

We take a deeper look into the state of Central Oregon's economic reality during this interview with Workforce Analyst, Kale Donnelly. Kale joins us from the State of Oregon Employment Department to share some insight as well as his advice and recommendations for those entering the workforce during these unprecedented times. To learn more about the resources Kale mentions in this episode, visit https://www.qualityinfo.org/.

 

Episode 3: Updates and Hot Takes

As we all have quickly transitioned into life during a pandemic, we wanted to share what we've been working on in the Career Development Center to help through this time, including resources like our recent Live Chat feature, Graduate Guide for our recent and upcoming graduates, Who's Currently Hiring page, and more. We end the episode with a new segment we like to call: Hot Takes! Today we share what we're binging on Netflix, what we're reading, and more! 

 

Episode 4: Utilizing Staffing Agencies in Your Job Search (Part 1)

Part 1 of 2: In this episode, we chat with OSU-Cascades alum and friend David Haines, who now works as a Staffing Consultant at PrideStaff in Bend. David shares about the experiences during his time at OSU-Cascades that added value to his career path, and how he ended up in his current role at PrideStaff. He also speaks generally about what a staffing agency does, and how students can use staffing agencies like PrideStaff throughout their job search.

 

Episode 5: Utilizing Staffing Agencies in Your Job Search (Part 2)

Part 2 of 2: In this episode, we chat with Rob Ramaker, Business Development Manager at Express Employment Professionals of Central Oregon. Rob shares the benefits of utilizing Express Employment Professionals as a free resource throughout one's job search. This is a huge opportunity for students who are interested in getting connected with local openings and tapping into the large number of employer connections that a staffing agency is able to provide. Rob also mentions the career development resources available on their website, including the Job Genius platform.

 

Episode 6: Graduating During a Recession: Advice from Alumni (Part 1)

This week we hear from those who graduated during the Great Recession to provide solace and advice for recent and upcoming graduates as they enter the workforce into the Great Lockdown. 

In this episode, we sit down with Damon Runberg who currently works as a Regional Economist for the State of Oregon Employment Department. He shares about his experience graduating in 2009 and what life looked like throughout and after his senior year.

 

Episode 7: Graduating During a Recession: Advice from Alumni (Part 2)

This week we hear from those who graduated during the Great Recession to provide solace and advice for recent and upcoming graduates as they enter the workforce into the Great Lockdown.

In this episode, we sit down with John Dempsey who currently works as a Digital Strategist and Partner at RoadTrip, a brand marketing agency in Bend. He shares about his experience graduating in 2008 from OSU-Corvallis and what life looked like throughout and after his senior year. John shares the importance and edge that a recent graduate has when entering the workforce due to their fresh perspective and knowledge of the current culture. "Somebody who's a fresh graduate has a finger on the pulse of culture in a way that many other people don't."

If you a recent or upcoming graduate, or even if you still have a year or 2 to go, we hope you found this series encouraging and reassuring. Like John mentions at the end, you will be okay!

 

Episode 8: Professor Pop-In with Todd Montgomery

In this episode, we sit down with Todd Montgomery to chat about all things COVID-19 and his take on the impact this will have on the Hospitality Industry. Todd also shares his summer plans for his personal continued learning and tips on how students can do the same during this time. And you heard it here first, but after trying to homeschool his own kids, Todd makes a lofty prediction about the future of educational K-12 teachers that we certainly hope comes true! We hope you enjoy listening in on this insightful and fun conversation. 

 

Episode 9: Class of 2020, Cecilia Ledford

We are so excited to start our Senior Spotlight Series with you! While we are disheartened that we won't be able to celebrate in person this June, we wanted to take some time to feature some recent and upcoming graduates in the Class of 2020! 

In this episode, we chat with Cecilia Ledford, a Post-Baccalaureate student graduating with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology. Cecilia shares about the process she went through in changing her career path from the hospitality industry to seeking a degree in Kinesiology, how she's passionate about creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all within fitness, and how she plans to celebrate her accomplishments. Cecilia, we are so inspired by your passion and joy and cannot wait to see how you change this world for the better!

 

Episode 10: Professor Pop-In with Yong Bakos (Part 1) 

In this episode, we welcome our very own, Yong Bakos. We talk about remote work and how to be successful and productive while working from home. Yong shares some of his personal favorites on how to stay organized and on task, including eating frogs. (Yes, you heard that right). Tune in next week to listen to the rest of our conversation with Yong in part 2. 

Mentioned in the show: 

The Guardian Article: Working from home has a troubled history. Coronavirus is exposing its flaws again

Productivity Tools: Basecamp, Atlassian, Slack, Microsoft To-Do, Things App

Getting Things Done (GTD)

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Eat That Frog

 

Episode 11: Class of 2020, Alex Wilson

Even while working full-time throughout her program, Alex is graduating this year with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. What a huge accomplishment! She shares about her next adventure pursuing a Masters in Social Work through Portland State University in hopes to work with families of children with disabilities. Alex's piece of advice for current students is to do your assignments on time and don't procrastinate! Alex, we are so proud of your accomplishments and are inspired by your powerful story! Thank you for sharing it with us!