If getting a job after college is not on your mind–perhaps it should be. We all know that the job market is tough, but there are some things you can do to put yourself ahead of the competition.  You don’t have to wait for your senior year to start thinking about your career.

The time is now to begin exploring career options, acquire valuable work and internship experiences, and prepare in other ways for your future. Career Services provides a variety of workshops, individual career guidance and counseling, help with resumes, interviewing and job search strategies, career fairs, and other networking opportunities. For students with disabilities, counselors at Career Services can help identify and focus on the many strengths you’ll bring into a workplace, helping you build your confidence as you prepare for interviews as well as help to navigate your questions about disclosing disabilities to prospective employers.
Below are some of the upcoming events with Career Services. Most events are held in Kerr Administrative Building Room (KAB) B008, unless otherwise noted. For more information about the events or to contact Career Services, call (541) 737-4085. For an updated schedule of events visit http://oregonstate.edu/career/.

February 8, Networking and Dining Etiquette
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
CH2M HILL Alumni Center

February 11 Workshops, Kerr Admin. Bldg, B008
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Effective Job Search
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Resume Writing
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Interviewing
February 12 Workshops, KAB B008
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Finding an Internship
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Success at the Career Fair
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Resume Writing

February 15 Workshop, Kerr Admin. Bldg, B008
Time TBA, Mock/Speed Interviews

February 16 OSU Career Fair
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CH2M HILL Alumni Center

February 17 Engineering Fair
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CH2M HILL Alumni Center

April 12 Networking and Dining Etiquette
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CH2M HILL Alumni Center

April 19 Workshops, Kerr Admin. Bldg., B008
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Resume Writing
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Interviewing
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Effective Job Search

April 20 Workshops, Kerr Admin. Bldg., B008
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Effective Job Search
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Success at the Career Fair
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Resume Writing

April 21 OSU Career Fair
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CH2M HILL Alumni Center

May 20 Applying to Graduate School
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Location TBA

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) will be holding on-campus interviews Tuesday Feb 9, for PAID Summer Jobs in 2010. Many positions lead to permanent employment upon graduation. Open to all majors and levels, freshmen through graduates!

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Employers include agencies such as Departments of Defense, Labor, Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Interior, State, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Social Security Administration; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; the Farm Credit Administration, and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Many (but not all) positions are outside of Oregon.

Sign up now for an interview if you meet the following requirements:

1) have a disability AND
2) are a U.S. citizen AND
3) are enrolled full-time at OSU (unless reduced course load is authorized as a disability-related accommodation) OR you?ve graduated since Spring 2009.

This opportunity is ONLY available to students and recent graduates with disabilities! Hurry, interview spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Karen @ DAS for application materials and to sign up for an interview, at karen.hanson@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8582.

Finals week is just around the corner and it’s never too early to get POWERED up for your finals! Check out the following on-campus resources!

Collaborative Learning Center

Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) provides a variety of services to help support your studies. During scheduled hours, you’ll find peer tutors and GTAs from the College of Science, the Academic Success Center, and the Writing Center.



Interested in free math help? Contact the Math Learning Center



The Mathematics Department maintains this list for the convenience of students
seeking private tutoring in mathematics. The Department does not do any screening
of tutors. You can access this list by visiting this website: http://www.math.oregonstate.edu/private_tutors.


Get Chemistry Help with the Mole Hole



Need help with papers? Consult the Writing Center!


Don’t forget to relax a little!!!

Unlock your inner potential with active relaxation at the MindSpa: http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mind-spa

Exercising at Dixon is a great way to take a study break: http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/

Need to get some study fuel? Check out what’s open on-campus: http://oregonstate.edu/foodatosu/

Students with Dyslexia
An informal group of students of all ages and majors who get together once a week or once every other week for support.The meetings vary from to grabbing lunch going bowling or other fun activities. The group also is attempting to meet with professors who have dyslexia and talking with them about navigating graduate school with a disability. Students who are interested should e-mail Students_with_dyslexia@hotmail.com for more information.

Wheelchair Basketball

OSU’s wheelchair basketball team currently practices Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. and is open to non-wheelchair users as well. For more information contact: Kerri at: mcmurtrk@onid.orst.edu

Check out a recent Barometer article about the club here.

Allies for Active Minds

Join the new online community designed by and for OSU staff and faculty who support friends and loved ones around mental health wellness. Visit the Allies for Active Minds website for more information.

Do you have a group or event you would like to see featured in this blog or for DAS students? E-mail information to: Jennifer.Gossett@oregonstate.edu

Entry Point!, a division of American Association for the Advancement of Science, will be holding on-campus interviews Thurs. Nov. 19, for PAID Summer Internships in 2010.

Companies include IBM, NASA, Merck, Google, Lockheed Martin, CVS, NAVAIR, Pfizer, Infosys, Shell, Procter & Gamble and university science laboratories. Sign up now for an interview if you meet the following four requirements (students must meet all four):

Are a DAS undergraduate or graduate student majoring in science, engineering, computer science, math, accounting or finance field
Have at least one term of school remaining after the internship
Have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Are a U.S. citizen.

This opportunity is ONLY available to students with disabilities! Hurry, interview spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Karen @ DAS to sign up for an interview and to get more information, at karen.hanson@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8582.

If you do not meet all four requirements, there will be additional internship opportunities posted with DAS winter term, so stay tuned.

Midterms and exams are approaching and although you can’t miraculously learn course material overnight, Dr. John J. Ratey, MD says there are some things you can do to “fertilize” your brain.

In his book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain he describes how exercise is just what the doctor ordered for increasing focus, reducing stress, and improving mood—things which can assist students in learning.

He describes how exercise affects learning in three ways:

  1. Exercise improves the learner. Their senses are heightened, their focus and mood are improved, they’re less fidgety and tense, and they feel more motivated and invigorated.
  2. In addition to priming your state of mind, exercise influences learning directly, at the cellular level, improving your brain’s potential to log in and process new information. Exercise creates the environment for our brain cells to wire together, which is the basic building block of learning. One of the key ingredients that exercise increases is BDNF, Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, or what I call Miracle Gro for the brain — as it truly is fertilizer.
  3. Exercise is also perhaps the best way to increase neurogenesis, which is the making of new neurons that happens on its own daily. The process is pumped up greatly after we exercise, by releasing factors to encourage the process of our innate stem cells to divide and then provide a healthier internal environment for them to grow up to be functioning nerve cells on their own.[1]
Students on treadmills at dixon
Students on treadmills at Dixon

Exercise can be especially helpful for students who are ADD/ADHD or struggle with stress and/or anxiety. Here at OSU we have a plethora of resources to help you get your heart rate elevated including Dixon Recreation Center, Sports Clubs, Intramural Sports and more! You can even schedule a free 30 minute fitness orientation.

Check  Dixon out today and fertilize your brain!

[1] http://add.about.com/od/treatmentoptions/a/ratey.htm

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering group therapy on a variety of topics this fall. Group therapy provides a safe and confidential place to share and explore concerns as well as receive support around various issues. Therapy groups are free for OSU students. Click here to learn more:  http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/sites/default/files/Fall_2009_Group_Flyer.pdf

You might be familiar with the basic laws and tenants of IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, that governed your rights and responsibilities as a K-12 student. IDEA provides the legal structure for schools to create and implement an IEP (individualized education program) or a 504 plan.

Something you may not know is that your IEP or 504 plan doesn’t “transfer” from high school to college.

Colleges and universities are under the direction of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Cct. As a student in a postsecondary institution, such as OSU, you are now responsible for requesting and managing your accommodations.

This website provides a great Q&A about ADA and Section 504 as it applies to postsecondary education:  http://www.pacer.org/publications/adaqa/504.asp:

Many parents of students with disabilities have learned the basics of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, as students and their families prepare for the transition from secondary school to postsecondary options they often find they are less familiar with the protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

It is crucial that students and their advocates become knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities in postsecondary education because, although protections exist, the student has considerably more responsibility to request and design their own accommodations. And this responsibility is ongoing. For many students with disabilities, good self-advocacy skills will be key to success, and knowing your rights is one essential element of effective self-advocacy.

If you have any further questions about your rights and responsibilities as a student registered with a disability at OSU check out our rights and responsibilities page in the student handbook: http://ds.oregonstate.edu/handbook/handbook.php?chapter=2.

Whether you have already found a job or will be looking as soon as finals week is over it is important to think about some issues about disclosing your disability.

Check out this guide created by the University of Minnesota’s Career and Community learning center for some great tips!