New office provides career management for veterinary students

The Office of Career Management at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is the first integrated career management office of any ofAmanda Fark
the veterinary colleges in North America.

“This is the first office in a veterinary school designated to support students with a comprehensive approach to managing their careers,” said Amanda Fark, assistant director in the Office of Student Affairs, and director of the career management program.

The office assists Ohio State veterinary medicine students and alumni in career management and development, including resume and cover letter review, and helping students develop effective strategies for pursuing their future career goals. They also partner with Dr. Michelle Harcha, director, Professional Development Education, to offer a wide range of services that complement and expand upon the professional development curriculum required of all veterinary students.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs Linda Lord has seen firsthand the difference the office has made for students.

“Dean [Lonnie] King wanted to create something that would specifically benefit the students,” she explained. “He knew we needed a more comprehensive approach to career planning at the college that went beyond finding a job. The office really is about career development: helping students learn about different career paths in veterinary medicine, and preparing them to get the most out of their degree and the profession.”

“Providing important services such as the Office of Career Management is one more way that Ohio State demonstrates our commitment to our students,” said Dean Lonnie King. “We are proud to offer this to our students, and I am really pleased by how students have embraced this support.”

Buckeye Vetwork, an informal mentoring and coaching program focused on increasing alumni and student interaction began in the fall. Students and alumni enjoyed participating in a “speed mentoring” session, modeled on the so-called “speed dating” events hosted by matchmaking services.

“Our students requested an activity focused on connecting to numerous alumni at a single event,” said Fark. “We were delighted by the positive response and look forward to similar events in the future.”

The Office of Career Management continues to develop programs and events to support both students and alumni.

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Posted on February 14, 2014