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Career Development


Prepare for your unique professional journey!


Students:  Did you know that your major is not a career path?
Instead, it is a body of knowledge and a set of skills you can use to achieve a life of personal significance, vocational fulfillment, and service to God and humanity.


How will YOU do that?




What Can I Do With This Major? 

Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers. The site features 100 major profiles so you can explore your own major, as well as related fields (disclaimer, OU does not offer all of the majors listed.) Click here to explore.


Ask ChatGPT! 

An online content generator, ChatGPT responds to any question (“prompt”) you may have about your career options by generating human-like text-based responses in a conversational manner. Use it to explore career development by asking questions about your resume, cover letters, interview preparation, career interests, hard and soft skills - 24/7/365! Set up your free account now

This article suggests amazing prompts for EVERY stage of your job search


You have 80,000 hours in your career. What makes for a dream job?

Explore free career planning tools and resources for ALL job seekers in ALL industries, but with advice focused on college students and professionals aged 18-30:

  • Get new ideas for fulfilling careers
  • Compare your options
  • Make a plan you feel confident in

Please note that by sharing this FREE Career Development resource, Ottawa University is NOT positioning “impact careers” as superior to any other type of career. In God’s economy, ALL good endeavors matter.


Stuck in the “Job Title First" Model?
Flip it on its head and start your exploration with  the Challenge Mindset.

Check out this 15-minute video that explains OU's purpose-driven career development approach

Interested in learning more? Contact your OU career services center team!





Take some FREE personality/career assessments:



Handshake®: The #1 way college students find  jobs!

Handshake® is an online platform that quickly and easily connects students to a vast network of employers specifically seeking early-career talent like you!

  • Step 1: Sign up and download the app.
  • Step 2: Create a profile and get personalized job recommendations!
  • Step 3: Meet with employers to learn more about company culture and open roles.
  • Step 4: Apply in as few as two clicks!

Attend a Career Event!

Click on these calendars to find OU Career Development events for all OU Students and Alumni:



Find GA Jobs Here!

Graduate Assistants (GA's) are classified as part-time employees and graduate students of Ottawa University in academic, athletic (instructional) and administrative roles.

Current Graduate Assistant Opportunities



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Christine Currier
MSEd, Counseling

Christine Snyder
MS, Psychology

Jamie Fields
MS, Org Development

Chet Keizer

[Ottawa, KS]

[Ottawa, KS]

[Overland Park, KS]

[Surprise, AZ]

Director of Career
Development and
Student Retention
Career Coach
Director of Student Services
and Academic Advising for
Adult, Professional and
Graduate Students (APGS)
Adawe LifePlan Center Director

The CDP mission is to maximize the number of positive student-to-employer connections through professional experiences leading to placement into full-time, career-launching roles upon graduation.

To get there, OU undergraduates can use the Challenge Mindset approach to think more deeply about how to use their chosen majors to solve real-world challenges that interest them.

When students start with “challenges” instead of job titles (which are constantly changing), they free themselves to look beyond what they already know. The Challenge Mindset approach flips the typical “take-a-quiz-get-a-job-title-first” model. While students must identify targeted job titles to conduct effective job searches, the career development journey should always start with a clear “why”. 

In line with the OU Mission and Vision, the Challenge Mindset approach emphasizes that we find our true purpose when we choose to serve others.

Are you an employer who wants to connect with Ottawa University?

We use Handshake® to promote internship and job opportunities to our students. Since Universities pay for Handshake, Employers can set up accounts and post jobs for FREE.

You can “join” Ottawa University by clicking “Schools” in the left panel, and searching for our name. You will find the Kansas campus address –choose it to reach ALL of our students. Thank you, and we look forward to sharing your opportunities with OU students!


Additional Questions?  Contact Us!

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