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Ottership allows students a unique look at their career paths alongside industry professionals

Ottership allows students a unique look at their career paths alongside industry professionals

Several Otterbein students used their final day of Fall Break, Oct. 13, as a way to test the job market via the Ottership Job Shadow Program.

Ottership is designed to provide Otterbein students an opportunity to gain in-depth exposure to an industry or occupation of their interest. Alumni and local professionals plan a unique, half-day job shadowing experience that introduces students to their professions and allows them to see how the theories and skills learned in the classroom apply to the real world. Students also attend a post-shadow dinner and debriefing session once back on campus.

Otterbein’s Associate Director/Internship Coordinator Ashley Strausser says for many students, this can be a life-changing experience in more ways than one.

“Some students change their major as a result of Ottership. Many come back feeling more confident to continue on the same path. More than anything, I think Ottership helps students make more informed decisions about their career direction.”

This year, 22 Cardinals worked with alumni and central Ohio professionals to further explore their post-graduation ideas.

What did students learn specifically? Here are five students describing the benefits of the Ottership job shadow program in their own words:


“Currently I don't know what I want to do in business and Ottership allowed me to see the finance side of things and show me a part of the business world I haven't seen before.”
Brandon Kohl ’18
Lima, Ohio
Major: Marketing
Organization: Principal Financial Group


“I was unsure if nursing was the route for me, where I wanted to go or what I wanted to specialize in. After a few hours in the operating room, I was inspired and sure of my choice. The nurses at St. Ann’s gave me so much confidence and ideas that I was able to feel secure in my career and professional decision.”
Natalie Poindexter ’17
Columbus, Ohio
Major: Nursing
Organization: Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital


“I found that just listening to my hosts talk about the aspects of their job made me feel a lot better about where I am at this point in my life. Even though I feel I'm not 100 percent prepared for graduation, I now know I’m on the right track.”
Victoria Stevens ’16
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Major: Sustainability Studies
Organization: Columbus Mayor's Office of Environmental Stewardship


“Being able to network with professionals is a major benefit to participating in Ottership. The Highbanks Metro Park staff answered all my questions about this particular field. I learned what I should be doing right now in order to work in my desired industry of environmental management.”
Kaitlin Vapenik ’17
Strongsville, Ohio
Majors: Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies
Organization: Highbanks Metro Park


“I was fortunate enough to learn about a different career path and see how professionals interacted with each other in the work place. Getting to talk to someone in a different field, but still related to finance, was very helpful. It was nice to hear how someone from Otterbein went down the career path that they did.”
Brandon Keiber ’16
Spencerville, Ohio
Major: Actuarial Science
Organization: Robert W. Baird Company, Inc.


Learn more about all the services and programs the Otterbein Center for Career and Professional Development offers.