Professional Development

Traditional graduate degree programs play a critical role in helping to develop new skill sets and expertise in a particular field. Professional development programs support students in expanding their professional skill sets and expose them to a multitude of other aspects about a chosen field.

Think of professional development as more of continuous training and education in one’s chosen career. Professional development programs offer resources and opportunities to improve professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness.

The Career Development Center (CDC) is an on campus resource available for free to all Oregon State students. Check out the hyperlink for more information of opportunities to explore.

There is a satellite location of the Career Development Center in Wilkinson 104. Please contact Britt Hoskins ( | 541-737-4012) with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What services are available at the Career Development Center?

A: They offer one-on-one appointments with advisors as well as career events and networking opportunities

Q: What are some of their online career tools available to all Oregon State students I can explore?

A: Handshake is portal that can be used to find internships, employers, and jobs. It is also where you can go to register for the career fair, schedule advising appointments, and find workshops to fulfill your professional development dreams.
Aurora is a portal specific to graduate students and their professional development goals. Vmock is a tool to use to check over your resume/CV and to get individualized feedback. Standout is a tool for interview preparation.
GoinGlobal is an online database you can use to find internship and career opportunities abroad.The tool also includes an H1-B visa database for international students wishing to work in the U.S. after graduation.

Q: Who can I contact about professional and career development questions?

A: Britt Hoskins. Her email is, and her contact phone number is 541-737-4012.

Q: What are graduate certifications and minors I can explore?

A: There are plenty of certifications and minors to explore on the graduate school’s website. Different college’s offer different programs, so give them a look here.
Some of the most commonly pursued by students in CEOAS are listed below:

Geographic Information Science (CERT)
Marine Resource Management (CERT)
Water Conflict Management and Transformation (CERT)
College and University Teaching (CERT)
Fisheries Management (CERT)

Other Resources:

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