During the semester, OSE brings speakers onto campus to discuss relevant business topics with students.

During the semester, OSE brings speakers onto campus to discuss relevant business topics with students.
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For undergraduate students, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out career options and navigating the professional world. “How do I get an internship? Should I study abroad? How will I be able to get a job after graduation?” All of these questions and more can easily confuse undergrads. Students in the College of Business and Behavioral Science (CBBS) are lucky to have a group who works every day to ensure they have opportunities specific to their line of study.

The Office of Student Enrichment (OSE) was designed to aid in making the professional lives of CBBS students much easier to understand. It provides several services to help guide students in their studies and determine where they want to go with their education. It acts specifically for the benefit of CBBS undergraduates, and all of the career coaches and advisers of the office are trained in the relevant fields, so they know exactly how to help students get ahead.

“These are great hands-on experiences you don’t always get in the classroom,” said Laura Mahoney, a senior marketing major who has used OSE’s services since her freshman year. “The office’s goal is to educate students, help in career planning and teach students how to be professional in a work environment.”

Along with advising and career coaches, the OSE has a mentoring program — called the Tiger Ties Mentorship Program — in which students are paired with an alumni mentor. Mentors have to have at least seven years of professional experience and be involved with one community organization. Students are matched with their mentors through an online form, in a manner reminiscent of online matching for roommates. There have been more than 400 participants in the Tiger Ties Mentorship Program, and mentors have been chosen from all over the country and various disciplines.

Annual events presented by the OSE include Finals Week, Student Appreciation Week, and Upstate International Month. During this semester, Women’s Leadership Week will be held from March 31 to April 4, and the information session for the Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CIMBA) will be on Jan. 29 from 4-6 pm.

Along with all of these, there are HORIZONS workshops in which a member of the workforce speaks on a topic relevant to business students once a month. On Feb. 3, President of Atlanta CEO Netweavers Jim Deupree will speak on networking, on March 5 motivational speaker Chris Westfall will instruct students on how to make effective sales pitches, and author and speech coach Deb Sofield will give advice on public speaking on April 1.

Working with the Study Abroad Office, the OSE also hosts several study abroad programs. The office makes sure that the study abroad program is one that compliments whatever the individual student’s major is and that the student is able to get credit for their experience. For example, there is a program for business students to travel and study in Paris during the Spring Semester.

The OSE is incredibly successful in study abroad programs — more students study abroad from the College of Business and Behavioral Science, than from any other college. To help its students, the OSE will hold several workshops this semester, collectively titled “How to Study Abroad.” These workshops include:

  • Courses for Business Majors (Feb. 18)
  • Courses for Behavioral Science Majors (Feb. 20)
  • Identifying Study Abroad Programs (Feb. 25)
  • Approval, Registration and Financial Aid (March 4)
  • Know Before You Go (March 11)

“We’re here to help you,” said Renée Hebert, the director for the Office of Student Enrichment. “Our doors are open, and we want you to be successful after college. Utilize our resources as much as you can.”