ODI Corporate Relationships

participants at the first annual Corporate and ODI Scholars Symposium

Annual Corporate and
ODI Scholar Symposium

As graduation moves closer, college students are filled with a sense of accomplishment and pride that they are soon to be awarded their degree. They also have, hopefully, a sense of possible directions their future might take, perhaps continuing their studies at graduate school or starting their job search.

For over 200 ODI Scholars and other Ohio State students, the Annual Corporate and ODI Scholar Symposium at the Ohio Stadium Huntington Club Level helped alleviate some of the worry about finding a job. Attendees heard from John Beeder, the President and COO of American Greetings Corporation, a Cleveland-based greeting card company that is the largest in the world. Mr. Beeder spoke about all the technological changes that occurred during his lifetime – cell phones, personal computers, digital cameras – and reminded the audience that they were in a time of even greater change, that what works today may not work tomorrow. Adapting to change is how companies – and their employees – stay strong. To help with their career planning, Mr. Beeder offered these words of wisdom to the students: “Your success will be about the business skills you have and how you can adapt them to your circumstances.” He urged students to rely on employers not for security but for learning skills and gaining experience.

Another highlight of the evening was the last hour and a half set aside for networking. Students were provided with information about all of the registered organizations including websites, the type of positions offered, and degrees and majors of interest. “It was a great way to meet with different companies all in one place and see what sort of skills they were looking for and the positions they have available,” said one student who was set to graduate this spring. The event also presented students with an opportunity to make career connections and to interact with role models who have entered the workplace and are in successful careers. For the 30 corporate partners attending, the evening was an opportunity to meet ODI Scholars – and possible future employees.

Participating Organizations

Aldi Inc.
American Greetings
Capital One
Cardinal Health
The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
Cincinnati Reds
City Year Columbus
Eli Lilly and Company
Ernst & Young LLP
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
I Can Schools
JPMorgan Chase
Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Marathon Petroleum Company LP
Olentangy Local Schools
Progressive Insurance
Sedgwick Claims Management Services
South Western City Schools
Tek Systems
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
U.S. Marine Corps Officer Recruiting
U.S. Peace Corps

In addition to the symposium on January 28th where some companies conducted interviews for open positions within their organizations, there was an additional interview day on January 29th.

The Office of Diversity Corporate and ODI Scholar Symposium is held annually; for more information, contact odicareer@osu.edu

Photos courtesy of Greg Williams, ODI.