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About Us

What is the Career Services Center?

The Ashland University Career Services Center provides centralized, comprehensive and coordinated career development, experiential learning and employer relations programs and services by offering integrated programs and services that effectively help students:

  • participate in the career development process
  • integrate their academic studies to their work and to the community
  • develop personal, academic and work competencies
  • make effective career and related academic decisions
  • acquire career-related experience
  • gain professional employment
  • plan for graduate or professional school

These programs and services assist students in exploring major and career opportunities, finding job and internship opportunities, learning job search strategies and exploring graduate school options.

Career Services Center Staff

Please click on a staff member's name for contact information and more.

Karen Hagans Executive Director, Career Services
Natalie Fike Career Specialist, Columbus Center
Dave Kokandy Career Specialist
Alicia Shoemake Employer Relations Coordinator
Kayla Smith Career Specialist

Services and Programs Provided:

Individual Appointments: Students can meet with professional staff, and are provided with “Accent on the Individual” attention to help explore career and major options, job searching strategies and graduate school.

Career Exploration: Students can explore a variety of majors and careers by taking part in individual appointments, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities and online tools such as Eagle Exploration.  Eagle Exploration is an online career assessment that helps students investigate possible careers and majors.

Mock Interviews: Practice and improve oral communication skills when interviewing for internships, full-time employment and graduate school by participating in an in-person, phone or video mock interview.

Graduate School Resources: The Career Resource Room offers a variety of books and online resources to assist students with decisions about graduate school and to answer questions on the application process.  Students can also meet one-on-one with a Career Specialist to create an individualized plan and explore graduate school options.

On-Campus Interviews: Occasionally, throughout the year, employers will recruit students by conducting interviews on campus.  Students are encouraged to take this convenient opportunity to interview with employers without leaving Ashland University!

AU Career Connect Student and Alumni Employment Database: An online job database where students can view and apply for work study positions on campus, full-time professional and internship opportunities, as well as temporary and seasonal jobs.

CareerShift: An online set of integrated applications proven to help job seekers successfully find employment by uniquely cross-referencing jobs and contacts, tailoring and organizing documents and correspondence to maximize their odds of securing a job, quickly and efficiently.

Going Global: The Going Global database contains country-specific career and employment resources for more than 80 locations worldwide.

Handbook Library: Career Services has created handouts to assist with career development needs such as job searching, resume and cover letter writing and graduate school research.  These resources are available for students in the myAU Portal and for alumni through AU Career Connect.

Career Resource Room: The CSC Resource Room offers a variety of career-related books, handouts and guides.  Students are welcome to use the computers to work on career-related projects and print resumes.  This is also where students are able to meet with Career Assistants for walk-in appointments.

Professional Skill Development Workshops: Presentations and workshops are designed to help students reach their next career-related destination. Topics include: resume and cover letter development, interviewing techniques, internship/job search strategies, graduate school, how to work a job fair and more!

Special Programs and Presentations: Programs are provided to help students develop strong communication and networking skills.  Examples include: the Etiquette Dinner, Speed Networking, Employer Panels and Meet the Accountant Night.

Career Fairs: Career fairs are held throughout the year to allow students of all class levels to explore internships, full-time and part-time jobs and graduate schools.  Alumni are welcome to attend the fairs.

Internship and Job Search: The CSC encourages students to apply the research skills learned in the classroom to the internship and job search.  A Career Services professional can help with all phases of the search from resume and cover letter preparation, to mock interviews, to landing the internship/job.