Students and alumni

The Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning Services is available to assist students and alumni of Ohio State Newark.

The office provides students and graduates with individualized career planning and consultation with job search strategies, labor market information, a resource library, assistance in preparing quality resumes and cover letters, help in developing effective interviewing skills, information on employers' expectations, and career assessment for undecided students.


Appointments are encouraged. Virtual service can be provided via Microsoft Teams, phone or email. For accessibility needs please notify the office 48 hours in advance.

John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center
Office of Student Life, room 226
1219 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Focus 2: Career and education planning

Focus 2 is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool for college students. It will enable you to self-assess your career-relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results. Focus 2 also provides valuable occupation information.

Focus 2 Provides:

  • Career assessments
  • Occupational information
  • Videos about various career fields
  • Career planning tools
  • Career options by education level
  • Side-by-side occupational comparisons

To optimize your use of Focus 2, be sure to:

  • Complete the self-assessment section within the program
  • Schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Development to review your results.

Remember, choosing a program of study and career path is your own responsibility and no assessment or career advisor can make these difficult decisions for you. However, Focus 2 is a great place to start, and the Office of Career Development is here to help you weigh your options.

Get started

To access Focus 2, log in using your Ohio State username (name.#) and password.

Experiential learning

Experiential learning involves the attainment of professional experience through a variety of means. Formalized methods may include internships, fieldwork, practicum, clinical experiences and service-learning. Such experiences may be based within an academic program and credit-bearing, while others may be a result of a student’s interest in his or her professional development. Experiential learning also includes informal approaches such as job shadowing, volunteerism, campus leadership and other co-curricular opportunities.

The message is clear, the attainment of a degree is not enough. Employers are looking for new employees that have knowledge, skills, and experience related to the field. Students must be able to demonstrate the application of these abilities and possess the “soft skills” that all organizations are seeking. Participating in one or multiple experiences while in college will help you reach your professional goals.

Job and internship board

Handshake is Ohio State’s university-wide position posting system where students have access to search and apply for part-time jobs, internships, co-ops and full-time career opportunities. Thousands of jobs, internship and career opportunities are posted in Handshake as well as information on upcoming career fairs and recruiting events.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Whether you are exploring majors or looking for more information about your chosen field of study, “What Can I Do With This Major?” is a valuable tool designed to help you connect your major and interests to career paths. This resource details the typical industries, career areas, and employers associated with each major and covers strategies aimed at making you a more marketable candidate after graduation. “What Can I Do With This Major?” is a free, virtual resource available to all Ohio State students.