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Has COVID-19 impacted your career advancement? Listen in as we have discussions with the Oregon Employment Department, staffing agencies, faculty leaders, and alumni of 2008/2009's Great Recession to learn ways you can continue making steps forward during this uncertain time. 
Episode 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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)

Inbox/Calendar 0

Eat That Frog


Episode 9: Professor Pop-In with Yong Bakos (Part 2) 

Our conversation with Yong continues as he shares how students can redirect in the midst of declining openings or rescinded job or internship offers, how to advance your career during this time (use our office to beef-up your resume, find networking opportunities, etc. #shamelessplug), and the importance of doing nothing sometimes. We also learn Yong's other ventures with a coffee shop in Portland, his encounters with Dave Chappelle, and why you should go visit Dayton, OH once it's safe to do so. (Mentioned in the show: Meet Your Future calendar. 26cafe in Portland, OR). 


Episode 10: International Internships During a Global Pandemic

In this episode, we chat with the Global Internships Manager with the OSU IE3 Global Program, Elizabeth Mills. Elizabeth shares more about the IE3 Global Program and how her team works to coordinate 130 international internship sites in over 40 countries. However, this year they have had to be innovative in their approach due to the travel restrictions with COVID-19.

We spend the majority of this episode learning more about the new Virtual International Internship option through IE3 Global that allows OSU students to continue to gain comprehensive experience working with an international organization while advancing cross-cultural skills via a virtual, remote work arrangement. This creative option really shows that you “don’t have to cross borders to cross cultures.”

If you’re interested in learning more and applying, check out IE3 Global’s Virtual International Internship page. Applications for a Winter 2020 internship are due September 1!

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! 


Episode 1: 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 2: 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!


Episode 3: Class of 2020, Summit Kuehn

One of the first to obtain a college degree in her family, Summit Kuehn is graduating this year with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art. She is excited to pursue a career in the body modification industry, and might teach college level art down the road as well. Summit's advice for current students is to be yourself and try new things. And don't hesitate to reach out for help when you need it! We couldn't agree more. Congratulations Summit, we are so proud of all your accomplishments!


Episode 4: Class of 2020, James Bartley

Congratulations to James Bartley, a Business Administration graduate of 2020! James is excited to pursue a career in sports management, and is making great connections in his current internship with the eSports organization, North American Collegiate Counter Strike. James's leadership and influence on this campus will be greatly missed, as he helped with the formation of many clubs including the Business Club, Rotaract Club, and E-Sports club. His advice to current students is to do everything with conviction and confidence, and plan for the future, live in the present, and look to the past for guidance. Amazing insight, James! We are so proud of all your accomplishments and wish you the best in your next adventure!


Episode 5: Class of 2020, West Lambert

In this episode, we speak with recent Natural Resources graduate, West Lambert, who shares about his next adventure and the steps that led him to this great accomplishment.

West also shares his tips and tricks that he learned through his process of applying to federal positions:

Unless it is a graduate pathways position, you must have either relevant experience (be a range intern not soil con according to them) OR actually have your degree by the closing date of the job posting (not within two months as I’ve been told in the past).

Always keep every syllabus for each course you take or some form of paperwork that describes what you did. This becomes especially important for courses that do not have a specific course description online. Ex: internships, field tours, projects, etc.

Keep a standing record (spreadsheet) of your coursework including what category it falls under and the term/semester conversion.

Make sure your resume and transcripts are up to date and any relevant jobs/internships match WORD FOR WORD the qualifications they are looking for. Make sure your graduation date is on something. If the course doesn't specifically say "range" (not shrub lands, grasslands, wild lands) in the title or in the course description online ATTACH THE SYLLABUS.

DO NOT GIVE UP. If you feel that you have been wrongly disqualified, ask why! And then ask for a second opinion (for it to be escalated). I have been through 7 HR people! All but the last one told me I wasn't qualified.

Thanks for sharing your advice, West! And congratulations on obtaining the Rangeland Management Specialist position with the Natural Resource Conservation in Pendleton, OR! Best wishes to you in this next chapter! 

Episode 6: Class of 2020, Daphne Lara

In this final episode of our Senior Spotlight series, we chat with Daphne Lara, Business Administration graduate of 2020. Daphne shares about the experiences that led to majoring in Business, her time as a student employee for the Admissions office as well as an intern in the Innovation Co-Lab, and her recent accomplishment of getting into the OSU Master's in Business Administration graduate program. She advises current students to keep trying and remember to take it easy and be forgiving towards yourself when things don't go as planned, and to celebrate all accomplishments along the way. And the more Disney involved, the better. Daphne, we are so proud of all that you have accomplished and are so excited to see where this next chapter of life takes you! Congratulations! 

Deciding on and declaring a major is an important part of the college experience, and does not come easy for most. In fact, 3 in 4 students change their major at some point in their college career. To help you through this process, our team will sit down with faculty and students to give you an inside look at each program offered at OSU-Cascades.
Episode 1: Tourism, Recreation & Adventure Leadership with Instructor Andrew Hawley

We are joined by Andrew Hawley, Professor of Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership at OSU-Cascades. He speaks about what the tourism industry looks like amidst the pandemic, and his take on what it will look like in Central OR this summer. Andrew encourages those in the industry to use this time to diversify their skillsets and find fulfillment in exploring personal passions and pursuits. We also chat about the need to shift the industry's current white-centric paradigm, and how organizations and programs can create space for marginalized populations. As Andrew brilliantly states, "(It's) time to make a change and in doing this you will find work. There is work to be done." We hope you enjoy this conversation and get some fun recommendations on where to explore in Central OR this summer!

Episode 2: Human Development & Family Science with Senior Instructor Dennis Lynn and Thelma Pruett

In this episode, we hear from Dennis Lynn, senior Instructor of Human Development and Family Services and 3rd-year HDFS student, Thelma Pruett. The HDFS program at OSU-Cascades incorporates a unique blend of compassion and critical thinking, encouraging students to lead with love and open hearts that are willing to learn and listen, in balance with the best thinking they can bring to it. 

Dennis shares about the program's emphasis on understanding one's self through self-reflection - what are the things that you're drawn to, what fits you, what doesn't - and using those to find how to make the greatest difference in the world. As Dennis brilliantly summarizes, "Know yourself, serve your family, then let it ripple out in amazing ways."

Thelma talks about what experiences she has had that's led her to the passion she found within human services. "What do you like to do, what makes you happy, what interests you, volunteer in different places and know your decisions will lead you to what you want to do...Finding that what you don't like to do is as important as what you like to do. So being mindful, paying attention to yourself and your own experiences, it will lead you to success." The HDFS program has ultimately helped her have a better understanding of society in general and all the challenges that we as human beings go through in life. 

Episode 3: Energy Systems Engineering & Engineering Science with Senior Instructor Dr. Rebecca Webb & Alex Ackerman

In this episode, we speak with Senior Instructor and Program Lead for the Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) and Engineering Science programs, Dr. Rebecca Webb, as well as senior ESE major, Alex Ackerman. 

Dr. Webb shares that her hope for students in both programs is that, "...they leave with a set of very strong tools that will set them up to do whatever it is they want to do in the engineering field. So I want them to be ready to hit the ground running and do something meaningful from day one."

Alex talks about his experience in the ESE program, and how he feels the program has provided a variety of options and equipped him to learn the tools he'll need wherever he goes. 

We also briefly talk about the new Engineering Science program starting this Fall at OSU-Cascades. Dr. Webb states, "It is a program that's designed to provide students with the skills they need to be an engineer...What that means is that the students would be prepared to go into any field and make a contribution...because they'd have the base-level skills they needed to take on a wide variety of tasks."

Check out this video showcasing the Energy Systems Engineering degree to learn more! 

Episode 3: Kinesiology & DPT with Clinical Assistant Professor and Education Coordinator, Lisa Flexner & Montana Kaiyala

In this episode, we learn more about OSU-Cascade's Kinesiology and Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs from Clinical Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Dr. Lisa Flexner, and upcoming Kinesiology graduate, Montana Kaiyala.

Dr. Flexner talks about the importance of exploration and shares that she hopes students in the Kinesiology program gain, "... that curiosity, that willingness to explore and excitement to explore the human body and human movement and how that affects our communities...I hope that students see not just a career path, but a way that they can influence the world because I think that...if we understand humans well... then we can be the leaders in helping develop the communities we want to live in as well as being great kinesiologists, health care providers, physical education teachers, coaches, nurses - whatever pathway you move forward in, that understanding of the human is going to help you."

Montana speaks to her personal experience at OSU-Cascades and how the Kinesiology program has helped her career goals by, "... networking during undergrad and finding opportunities and taking opportunities when they come my way."

Dr. Flexner reminds us that every degree program can provide a student with a variety of transferrable skills, and Kinesiology is no different. "[There are] so many different pathways that you can be in. This is going to teach you skills that you can transfer to any different career you want. And that is exciting because you can study something you love, and you just have to make the case for why you're still the best person for the job because....you can say, I know humans! I know human psychology and I know human movement...and if we're going to work together, we're working with humans."