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Integrated Professional Development

Integrated training to give you an edge

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With a guided-pathway curriculum combined with co-curricular experiences, our Integrated Professional Development (IPD) program helps you develop and connect knowledge and skills throughout your undergraduate education at Oregon State over time, in and out of the classroom.

Our unique Integrated Professional Development features a suite of innovative career preparation programs based on a one-of-a-kind platform that helps students develop professional development skills with content that is integrated into their First-Year Experience science courses and prepares them for experiential learning to stand out in the job or graduate school market. This program is paramount to our students’ success beyond the classroom.

You have access to special networking events with industry leaders, alumni and employers. You will receive coaching on securing an internship, how to talk about your strengths and areas of improvement with employers, translating your classroom learning and lab experiences in interviews and more.

Our special integrated platform helps students build the requisite skill set needed for career and life success in the 21st century. With its holistic approach, the program ensures that students explore and imagine different career paths and life goals early in their studies, hone job-seeking skills such as resume writing and interviewing and build interpersonal skills so highly valued by employers.

Our IPD approach can make the difference between being another highly skilled science graduate and a science graduate with the in-demand job and people skills employers are seeking.

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“This program has really allowed me to become more confident about my background, my skills and my prospects. I think I came in with a bit of imposter syndrome. The meetings allowed me to put things into perspective and shift the focus from worry to constructive work.” -BioHealth Sciences major

Stand out from the crowd with enhanced professional skills

In our one-of-a-kind, Integrated Professional Development platform is a broad-based approach to career preparation and planning exclusively for science students and it is integrated right into your courses. Students who participate in this program will be better able to articulate what they learned and apply it in their academic majors, to other areas science, in job interviews and ultimately in the workplace.

After participating in our integrated professional development program, you will have refined your writing, critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills and expanded your thinking to be able to evaluate different perspectives. You will gain confidence in your ability to apply knowledge and skills to specific situations, better preparing you for a career.

Currently, Integrated Professional Development is incorporated into all science courses for biology and zoology majors with plans to expand into all science majors in the next couple of years.