What can I do with a degree in Environment and Natural Resources?
Our team of career specialists know one thing really well and that is how to help students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources explore careers and prepare professionally for the employment process. Each of our career advisors has their own credentials of working professionally in the field of environment and sustainability. They will be your personal champion and mentor, helping you navigate career decisions and much more.
Our Career Development Office offers:
- One on one personalized career coaching.
- Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile writing instruction customized to the student’s individualized career goals.
- Networking events to give students private or small group access to environmental and business industry leaders.
- Virtually every personal development tool a student needs to help build their professional skills and move them forward in today’s job market.
To schedule your personal coaching session with one of our Career Development Coordinators, call (614) 292-2265 or contact us.
Virtual Career Coaching
Our career staff will gladly work with you, wherever you are. Besides face to face meetings in the office on the Columbus campus, you can schedule a meeting via Skype, Facetime or just over the phone.
If you want to get started on exploring who you are and where you want to go, consider jumping in to a few of our online resources offered via OnPace.
Finding Your Focus is the perfect module for a student who just knows "they want to work outdoors" but they aren't sure how that translates to working with people, on a team, independant, focused on science or communications or policy. There are over 500 different job classifications that encompass environmental careers. The Finding Your Focus module will help you determine a few of the basics regarding the type of fit that is right for you.
There is more to explore on OnPACE. This series of self-guided career modules can assist you in learning more about yourself and choosing a a career path, applying to grad school, and preparing to enter the workforce.
What Every Job Candidate Needs to Know
Here is some of our best advice that will help you put your best foot forward as a job candidate:
- Prepare an informative, realistic, well thought out resume. Target that resume for each job you apply for...learn more about resumes here.
- Arrive for an in person interview at least 15 minutes early.
- For a phone interview, call your interviewer at exactly the time scheduled...not early or late. Write down the interviewers questions so you can stay on track with your answer. Arrange to have no interruptions from roommates during a phone interview.
- Follow up with a thank you correspondance immediately after your interview. See a sample thank you note below. Emailing your thanks is also acceptable, but a handwritten note is still a nice touch.
- Dress appropriately for an interview. Sandals are not acceptable to any professional job interview. Always dress up, even if you know the field staff is doing the interviewing and will be in shorts and t-shirts.
- Have a clean and neat notebook or portfolio with you so you can take notes during your interview. A good interviewer will be taking notes, you should too.
- When you arrive for an interview, you will be tagged as the "candidate" and most employees buzzing around know why you are there. Always be polite to everybody you meet - from the parking lot attendant to the people who you share an elevator with as you are entering and exiting the building.
- Keep your phone turned off and don't turn it back on until you have left the premises.
- Don't play with your phone if you are waiting on someone. Use this time to review your notes and the questions you have prepared.
- Have fun! This is your time shine and share who you are with professionals who want you to be the best candidate you can be. Interviews allow you to promote yourself and the great things you have done and want to do...relax and have a great time.
- Find a few additional tips here from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Most hirings for internships or jobs involve communications during that process using email. It is often your first interaction with a potential employer. Make this first impression a great one by following these simple suggestions for email etiquette for job searching and throughout your professional career:
|1.||Use your OSU Buckeye mail account or other account that is professional. Sending a message from ilovedogs14 @ gmail.com is probably not the best idea. Since your OSU email includes your last name, it will make your email easily recognizable.|
|2.||Be clear in the subject line. Don’t leave it blank and don’t just put JOB APPLICATION. If you are asking about a specific job or internship, use that as your subject line.|
|3.||Keep your message brief, to the point and clear. Proofread, spell check, grammar check and then decide what you can cut out of the message to make it more clear and simple.|
|4.||Be professional. Don’t use texting shorthand. Don’t use emoticons. Don’t use ALL CAPS UNLESS YOU WANT TO SHOUT in your email message. See our sample below.|
|5.||Do not use email as a way to avoid face-to-face conversation. Networking is the best way to find and get a job. Email is one way to network but face-to-face meetings are key. Email is not a reliable form of communication so you can assume if you don’t get a response from someone that it was not received. Follow up with a phone call or face-to-face meeting if appropriate. Follow what protocols are given if applying for a job. (Some may state no phone calls, etc.)|
|6.||Email is not private. If it’s inappropriate or you wouldn’t say it in front of your Grandmother, then don’t write it out in an email. If the information is private or confidential, then email may not be the best way to communicate that information.|
Include a signature block at the end of your message. For example:
Trish Raridan Preston
please consider the environment before printing this email
|8.||Any documents you attach (Resume, Cover letter, etc.) should be in a format that can be easily opened. A PDF is a good idea and name your file something that makes it easily identifiable, for instance, John Smith’s Resume.|
|9.||Many employers may take a week or more to respond to an email. Be patient. Once an employer responds to you, you should reply back within a day or two.|
Here’s a sample email you might use with a potential employer:
Dear Dr. Sharp:
My name is Brutus Buckeye and I am currently a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in Wildlife Sciences / Pre-veterinary Medicine. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the Wildlife Biologists, Beau Hunter, from your agency at our recent Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo. He indicated that you had several internship openings for this upcoming field season and I would be pleased to be considered a candidate for one of those positions.
Please find attached a copy of my resume, cover letter and unofficial college transcripts. I may be reached at brutus.buckeye @ osu.edu or via phone at 614.292.2265. Thank you for your time and consideration.