Are You Ready?

As you search for your first job out of college, we offer services, resources, and programming to assist you in this process.  The section on Making Transitions offers links with information to help you make the transition from school to work.

Start Early! The job search can take several months; you should plan to spend an allotted amount of time each week—almost as if you have an additional class.

Focus On Your Goals Assess your skills and interests. Decide on your preferred job and industry type so that you can target your search. Also think about where you want to live and narrow your search to those cities.

Network, Find Jobs, And Apply The links and suggestions below will help you with these steps, and we encourage you to come into Career Services for assistance.

Set Goals & Research Career Fields

  • Meet with a Career Services professional for help with focusing on your goals, planning a strategy, and locating opportunities.
  • FOCUS – Interactive career and education planning system combining self-assessment, career exploration and career decision-making. We recommend you bring your results in for interpretation with a career advisor.
  • WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MAJOR? – Connect majors to careers; learn typical career areas and types of employers by major; identify strategies for entry into various career fields.
  • On-site library includes job descriptions for different career fields, city books of lists, relevant handouts, and job search books.


  • The Bishop Network – Connect with alumni; search by career field, location, OWU major, employer, etc.  Register on BISHOPLink and select The Bishop Network tab to get started.
  • LinkedIn OWU Group – Join the Ohio Wesleyan University Alumni & Friends group and connect with over 3,500 alumni.
  • Make Linkedin work for youClick here
  • Munch & Mingle – OWU alumni return to campus each fall to network with students.
  • Young Alumni Panel – A chance for students to meet young alumni in various careers.
  • Networking How-To from the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Search for Jobs

  • BISHOPLink – Online listing of jobs and internships posted by employers to OWU students and alumni!   Register now!
  • Job Choices – Use Job Choices for Key Strategies for Job Search Success.
  • Going Global (Premier site) – Find international jobs and internships for 30 countries & 40+ major U.S. cities, updated daily. Includes expert advice on CVs, resumes, work permits and visas.
  • Job Boards – Popular job boards to search for positions by field and geographic region.
  • LinkedIn Entry Level Jobs
  • Spotlight on Careers – Contains job links in a variety of career fields.
  • Search by OWU Major – Click on any OWU major and find relevant job links.
  • Employers by Major - Click on any major and find relevant employers.
  • OneWire – Career Management/Matching Tool
  • – Internships, part-time jobs and entry-level careers
  • The Riley Guide – Employment and industry trends by state
  • Diversity Employers – Job postings and employer profiles
  • LatPro – Spanish/English & Portuguese/English and Hispanic jobs
  • LGBT CareerLink

Career Fairs & Networking Events

  • OWU Career & Graduate School Fair – Held on-campus each fall, this event includes employers seeking to fill full-time positions, internships and summer jobs.
  • OWU Internship & Summer Job Fair – Held on-campus every spring
  • OFIC CareerFest – This career fair is held every spring semester in Columbus; over 100 employers participate to talk with students about jobs and internships.
  • Teach Ohio – Recruiting event for senior education majors at OSU every spring.
  • Munch & Mingle – OWU alumni return to campus each fall to network with students.
  • Other events will be announced.
  • Making Career Fairs Work for You from the National Association of Colleges & Employers

(from the National Association of Colleges & Employers)

(tips on salaries, negotiating, first year on the job, benefits, and relocation information)

Salary Information

Relocation and First Job Tips