Alternative Career Event, Nov. 29

Patrick S. Osmer — September 27, 2012

Pat Osmer

If you’ve thought about pursuing a career other than a faculty career after getting your PhD, be sure to attend the Graduate School’s second Alternative Career Day on Thursday, Nov. 29.

This event is part of the Graduate School’s current efforts regarding career preparation and pathways for graduate students. Our efforts stem from the recommendations made in the national report Pathways Through Graduate School and into Careers. I chaired the commission that created the report, which was released last spring.

If you’re interested in exploring alternative careers or simply want to keep your options open, I invite you to attend this event on Nov. 29, U.S. Bank Theatre in the Ohio Union, 3-5 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Rebecca Bryant, director of career services in the Graduate College at the University of Illinois, and  Ph.D. in musicology. There will also be a panel of Ohio State Ph.D. alums who will share their experiences. RSVPs are requested, and please watch for more information.

In the meantime, I encourage you to take advantage of other career explorations available to you. Talk with your advisor and other faculty members. Explore the resources and panel discussions on  The Versatile PhD, which the Graduate School's subscribes to on behalf of Ohio State students, faculty, and staff. 

You are also welcome to meet with career development professionals in Career Connection, which is located in the Younkin Success Center.

Patrick S. Osmer is vice provost of graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at Ohio State. He is also currently serving as chair of the board of directors for the Council of Graduate Schools. Osmer was chair of the Ohio State astronomy department from 1993-2006.

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Sat October 13, 2012, 02:12:03
7/1/2011Ever since a child, the cliche9 Robert Frost metaphor of “two roads diegrevd in a yellow wood” has been the conjured image that fills my mind when faced with a decision. And yesterday when an unanticipated, job opportunity presented itself, it was this image that flooded my mind… As I stand at the fork in the road, I see two, atypical paths. To my left is a paved pathway, it has perfectly articulated signs that point out the things to be cautious of, the path is well manicured, and it is undoubtedly filled with many people such as myself. There are guides and mentors and no question will be left unanswered. To my right is a poorly carved out dirt, path. There is over growth and no signs whatsoever. Yet in the distance there is a mesmerizing distant light (or what seems to be a light).Although, my description may be corny, dorky, and overly used to the point of exhaustion, it is the only way I can describe my current, career predicament. Yesterday morning, I was an early career professional enjoying my last summer vacation and anxiously, waiting to begin my dream job with a prestigious accounting firm. It was the perfect job and the culmination of multiple years of hard work. And then, this morning I awoke to a phone call where I was presented with a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to work abroad for a year and assist in the overall business needs of a developing, start-up company. The two career paths are completely different. As described above, one is well-established, familiar, and predictable. The other is brand new and entirely unfamiliar. Although I speak no foreign language and have never travelled abroad there is something about this new option that is indescribably, compelling to me. And thus, within less than 24 hours I became the confused, early career professional who was faced with her first unanticipated career crossroad. 7/7/2011Over the next few days, I would spend my time in research and reflection. I reached out to a broad array of mentors, spoke with family and friends, and used my ever-trusted friend Mr. Google to dig up as much information as physically possible. In the process, I paid attention to my emotions, gut feelings, and any possible sign that might be the deciding factor.Through this process I learned a few things. The new option was glamorous. It was an enticing AsSeenOnTV Ad for the revolutionized, must-have blanket: the snuggie. (I have nothing personally against the snuggie, but to me it depicts what I like to call the AsSeenOnTv –syndrome. That short lapse in judgment you experience when you find yourself picking up the phone and dialing that 1-800 number to purchase some unnecessary gadget that will probably spend the entirety of its career tucked away in some hidden closet.) The point is I realized that the new option was just that alluring but most likely too good to be true. If it proved to be as great as it was advertised to be, matter of fact, it probably would be the best decision of my entire life. It could be that golden ticket that really sets me apart from my counterparts. But considering that I have no foreign experience or for that matter little to any business experience at all, I am going to hedge my bets that it would most likely end up being an “AsSeenOnTv gadget” tucked away; as I cross my fingers and hope that no one ever realizes why there is a one year gap on my resume.Thus, the moral of my story is simple: trust in your gut, listen to your emotions, think logically, seek the guidance of friends and family and most importantly think. It is a tough economy and we can all get blindsided by the promise and enticing opportunities that life presents, but sometimes the un-carved path is better left overgrown and empty. Sorry Mr. Frost but I must disagree- I avoided the one less travelled by; and that has made all the difference.
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