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Ottership allows students a unique look into their future career paths

Ottership allows students a unique look into their future career paths


Several Otterbein students used Ottership Job Shadow Oct. 11 as a way to test the job market and explore their desired career in more depth.

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.

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


Briana Reed ’19, Psychology
The Ottership program helped me narrow down the career area I would like to pursue. My experience in this year helped make my decision on what type of internship to pursue next summer, also.

Kaitlin Vapenik ’17, Sustainability Studies
Getting to sit in on her phone conference with a climate change initiative group my host is a part of and hearing from their guest speaker, the head of the environmental portion of Hillary Clinton's campaign, were amazing experiences. The Ottership Program has helped me expand my professional network.

Hannah Monroe ’19, Zoo and Conservation Science
I learned a lot about what someone who cares for wild animals does on a day to day basis. It showed me what I will be doing next year in the zoo program.

Teija Davis ’18, Sustainability Studies
The value of Ottership Program for me is discovering if I'm on the right career path.  I learned a lot about Ohio Wilds, and I'm grateful  for that opportunity.  My career path is still developing and all this great insight will allow me to make correct career choices.

Sativa Banks ’18, Public Health Education
Ottership was very insightful. It allowed me to work closely with a professional in my field which taught me things I couldn't have learned on my own. I believe that Ottership is very helpful if someone isn't sure if a career path is right for them. Working closely with someone in the field allows you to get a candid look at what the work is really like. My host gave me a lot to consider as far as where I am going with my career and how to get there.


Learn more about the Center for Career and Professional Development and their programs.