Easy Ways to Engage Students in Career

There are multiple ways to engage career in your course to get your students thinking about their next plans.  Here are a few quick and easy examples.

Create a career assignment. This can include informational interviews, mock interviews, discussion of transferable skills, research on a potential future employer or profession, etc.

Encourage your students to attend an OCPD event. All OCPD events are accessible on the Events tab.

Assign your students to watch videos or assignments from RedlandsCareer YouTubeThere are recorded videos on everything from how to make the most of your internship, negotiating your first offer, to preparing your resume.

Have your students explore the variety of tools they have access to. Focus2 helps students explore their personal interests/values and how they align with career options.  What Can I Do with This Major helps students explore major to career options.  Handshake allows students to search companies, jobs, and internships. Careershift helps students search companies, jobs, internships and includes an H1B search tool for international students.  StandOut helps students to conduct practice interviews virtually.

Have your class visit with the OCPD. Our class presentations and workshops address a variety of topics from general overviews of our office to a deep dive into job seeking, grad school preparation, salary negotiation tactics, and more. Topics may also be tailored to meet your specific learning goals. Email ocpd@redlands.edu to schedule a visit to your class. Click here to request a classroom presentation. 

Have your students stop by the Career Studio. Many students know they should visit our studio, yet, may lack the time. By assigning a studio visit as homework, you’ll ensure it gets scheduled. To participate, please provide us with your class roster and the specific-career related task (e.g., major exploration, Focus2 results consultation, internship search, resume or cover letter creation, etc.). Students can schedule with us via Handshake or utilize our Career Studio walk-in hours. We will send you an attendance sheet to verify your student’s attendance.