Oregon State College of BusinessWelcome to Week 4, a busy one, as usual.

We have two of our favorite themes for you this week – Careers and Innovation.

But first a quick callout of our blog post outlining all the important academic updates this week from College of Business advising. Read this post and prepare for fall scheduling.

Now back to Careers: The spring OSU career expo is this week on Wed., April 26. They’ve got hundreds of employers lined up to attend. As well there is a companion diversity career symposium, providing a full day of career building sessions for diverse students; both events are at LaSells.

Also on Wednesday, in Austin Hall we have the spring accounting job fair, from 1 to 4 pm with employers from the State of Oregon, Jones & Roth, Precision Castparts, Moss Adams, and others.

One day ahead of the university event is the health professions expo hosted by the College of Science, which welcomes student from all majors.

Fridays in Austin’s theme this week is Innovation, and we bring in industry professionals from companies including Starbucks, Nike and WiLAN Inc. We also have a jobs seminar for international students, and a professional development workshop on cover-letter writing.

Friday in Austin will also be buzzing with Innovation Nation’s Spring Company Show. The first-year entrepreneurs will be displaying and selling their products in three sessions in the Austin Marketplace and 2nd floor.

Oregon State College of BusinesssWe’d like to put this on your radar: save the date for next week’s Dean’s Executive Series Lecture featuring a keynote address from Tim Leatherman, OSU alum, chairman of the board, and co-founder of Leatherman Tools. He’ll discuss the story of Leatherman, creators of all-in-one tools. Tim’s keynote will kickoff the Shark Tank competition, hosted here by the Entrepreneurs Club and InnovationX.

There’s more, if you can believe it, and it is all in The Works. So look for that newsletter in your inbox, or read it online.

A quick thanks to all of you and to the Austin Family Business Program for making our first Fridays in Austin of the term a powerful success. Now we look forward to this week’s highlights:

With the university’s Spring 2017 Career Expo just ten days away – and more than one hundred employers attending – you have plenty more opportunities to continue to use the professional development platforms and services here in Austin Hall to get ready for that big day, too.

For starters, there’s Friday’s morning networking coffee with the finance industry leaders who will speak for Fridays in Austin events. The event also features the Oregon State Investment Group, a student-led organization that actively manages a $1.8 million equity portfolio for the OSU Foundation.

This kicks off the Finance-themed Fridays in Austin lineup, which includes discussion panels on asset management, financial institutions, student-led discussions of their internship experience, and expert tips to “network your way” to an internship.

Goldman Sachs will have an informational session covering their employment and internship opportunities, while KPMG experts will help you polish up your resume.

Not to be missed are the team-building sessions in the HWeekend. This Friday evening event will help match participants to projects in advance of the weekend’s build session.

This week’s Impact Oregon innovation workshop will be a hands-on session on conceptualization and “crummy” prototyping. Drop by the DAMLab Makerspace on Friday from 2 – 3:30 pm. All these Impact Oregon workshops will help build your concepts and ideas and prepare you for the statewide competition – but you will also learn some cool things along the way.

Also, be sure to visit the Family Business Boardroom: Making it to the C-Suite in Privately-Held Enterprises event featuring Lisa Weiglin, head of talent development for Endeavour Capital, a leading private equity investment firm with offices in Seattle, Portland, Denver and Los Angeles.

fridays in austin

Fridays in Austin is an initiative created by the College of Business to provide business students with professional and leadership development opportunities.  

The Fridays workshops and seminars are open to all College of Business students, and they are a required component of the First Year Experience for all new business students.

“Fridays in Austin offers many engagement opportunities,” said Carol Leder, the college’s head advisor. “Students will be able to network and engage with OSU alumni, business leaders, student leaders, faculty and advisors. Our goal is for business students to have access to a wide-range of activities and learning opportunities across many industries. These new professional and leadership development opportunities are exciting complements to all of our academic programs.”

Added Career Success Center Executive Director Brandi Fuhrman, “Fridays in Austin will give business students a major advantage as they discover their personal path to future career success. It’s a chance to interact with industry professionals and it adds tremendous value to the educational experience. We are really excited about this new initiative to help students engage in their own development as future business leaders outside the classroom.”

Fridays in Austin kicks off Sept. 30 with the theme of ethics and features a 10 a.m. “Ethics in the Work Environment” discussion in Austin Hall 126 with a panel of alumni. Also on the docket for Sept. 30 are welcome events for community college transfer students, resume workshops for accounting students, and a “Creating a Job Search Strategy” session.

Subsequent Fridays in Austin themes are health care (Oct. 7), food/beverage (Oct. 14), sales (Oct. 21), design thinking (Oct. 28), performance (Nov. 4) and well-being (Nov. 18).

Students are asked to register for Friday in Austin events because space is limited. Registration links will be available on the Fridays in Austin webpage.