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Welcome to the CareerLift Podcast, brought to you by the Career Development Center at OSU-Cascades. Each week, we will explore different topics to help you continue designing the career you want! In the same amount of time it takes to ride the chair from base to summit, you will learn and gain advice from industry professionals on how to give your career a lift.
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Coffee Talks: Van Schoessler - Part 1
Join us as we kick off a new segment with Mr. Van Schoessler, as he discusses his career experience and offers helpful advice in sales and outdoor products! Looking for opportunities likes the ones Van is discussing?  Check out some of the postings below:
May 17, 2022
CliftonStrengths Development Series: Part 3 - The finale
Join your host for the entire month of April as we do a deep dive into Gallup's unique CliftonStrengths Program and how it could help you better prepare for the career you want. This week, we talk about the 4 themes that CliftonStrengths categorizes each strength into, what those themes mean, and what they could mean for you. Take the assessment yourself and follow along!
April 27, 2022
CliftonStrengths Development Series: Part 2
Join your host for the entire month of April as we do a deep dive into Gallup's unique CliftonStrengths Program and how it could help you better prepare for the career you want. This week, we talk about what to expect from the CliftonStrengths Assessment, touch on the value of your strengths, and hear a little bit about how to understand your strengths. Take the assessment yourself and follow along!
April 12, 2022
CliftonStrengths Development Series: Part 1
Join your host for the entire month of April as we do a deep dive into Gallup's unique CliftonStrengths Program and how it could help you better prepare for the career you want. This week, we open the discussion with a brief history of CliftonStrengths and what the program is all about. Take the assessment yourself and follow along!
April 04, 2022
Real Talk: Setting Goals and Planning Ahead
Join your host, Trevor, as we have another real talk session about the importance of setting goals, and some thoughts on good ways to go about setting them.
March 08, 2022
Real Talks: Behind the Curtain
It's the same podcast you know, but not in the way you expect. Join your Host, Trevor G,  as I slow things down a bit and speak candidly about who I am, some thoughts I have on the world today, some friendly advice and suggestions, and a reminder that you are all you are meant to be in this moment.
February 21, 2022
Opportunities: The OSU's ULS
Join your host this week as we speak with Program Director, Jock Mills, about Oregon State's fantastic University Legislative Scholar's Program.
February 15, 2022
Helpful Tips: Resumes and Cover Letters
Join our host as we meet with returning guest Meghan Brandow to discuss both what to do and what not to do when polishing your resumes and cover letters.
February 08, 2022
Opportunities Abound: Career Fair
Join your host this week as we interview students and prospective employers alike in this wrap-up of the January 26th Career Fair at OSU-Cascades. 
February 01, 2022
Opportunities: City Year
Starting the new year off with a unique opportunity, join your host, Trevor, as we talk about the City Year program. Guest Speaker: Adriana Ryan
January 11, 2022
Success Stories: Shayla and Vector Remote Care
Join your host, Trevor, as we return to Vector Remote Care and meet with an OSU Alum, Shayla Lane!  We'll hear all about her process of working at Vector, and how she came to find this wonderful career in the first place.
December 22, 2021
Insight in Industry: Career Crawl Report
After a fun and informative Computer Science Career Crawl, your host, Trevor, meets with a few attending students to ask about their experience.
December 15, 2021
Career Crawls and more: Helpful info for computer science majors
Join your host, Trevor, as we talk with Meghan about some exciting things coming up for our Computer Science majors.
November 30, 2021
Career Crawls, Sunlight Solar, and Success After School
Join your Host, Trevor, as we interview the president of a solar company and a student whose internship lead to a fulfilling full-time position! Have a topic you want to be covered or questions you need answered? Leave us a message!
November 24, 2021
Tools of the Trade: Career Development Programs to Give You a Boost
Join your host, Trevor, as we welcome back Meghan Brandow and Jen Hoffman to discuss some useful applications available to students.  This includes information on Handshake, VMock, Standout, and the very exciting Focus 2!  We hope you enjoy the show. Have a topic you want to be covered or questions you need answered? Leave us a message!
November 24, 2021
Career Fair Tips, Opportunities, and Fighting Fires with the Forest Service
Join your host, Trevor, as we welcome back Meghan Brandow and Jen Hoffman to discuss some tips and opportunities.  We'll also be talking with Travis Evans about his time with the Forest Service. Have a topic you want to be covered or questions you need answered? Leave us a message!
November 07, 2021
Careerlift Returns: Introducing the New Career Development Center Staff
Hello Bend Beavs and welcome back to the Careerlift Podcast. Join your host, Trevor Gearin, as we welcome the new team behind the Career Development Center at OSU-Cascades Have a topic you want covered or questions you need answered? Leave us a message!
October 25, 2021
Class of 2021: Cameron Burns, Business Administration
Today we are joined by Cameron Burns, a Business Administration grad! In this episode, we talk with Cameron about his internship at EDCO here in Bend, and here some valuable advice on why networking is so important and how to go about it if you're nervous (we all are!).  Dosed with a little bit of humor, we also hear about Cameron's plans after graduation, and who has impacted him the most during his time at OSU-Cascades. 
June 11, 2021
Class of 2021: Kirsten Weiss, Hospitality Management
In this episode, we are joined by Kirsten Weiss who officially graduated in March with her degree in Hospitality Management. Kirsten shares what it was like to be in the hospitality program, how she transformed the coffee shop that we now call Study Grounds as an internship, and how she went from Culinary school to working Disney, to ultimately going back to school to study hospitality Management. Kirsten enjoyed the small class sizes, exceptional professors, and getting hands on-experience while at OSU-Cascades. 
June 10, 2021
Class of 2021: Colin Cronin, Business Administration
In this episode of the Career Lift Podcast we are joined by Colin Cronin, a senior Business Administration Major. Colin is currently working in Sales at Earth Cruiser, and has a passion for overloading vehicles and travel. Colin shares some of his travel stories from times spent around the world, what his plans are next, whose had a huge impact on his time here at OSU-Cascades, and gives some valuable insights into finding balance between setting goals and being present. This is a senior spotlight packed with fun stories, life lessons, and Colin’s journey.
May 31, 2021
Class of 2021: Averie Pellerin, Hospitality Management
We’re joined by Averie Pellerin, Hospitality Management Major & almost grad! Averie works at Brasada Ranch, and has worked in 7 different departments over the past three years as a part of the Hospitality Management internship experirence. We hear from Averie about what motivates her, who has had a big impact on her time here at OSU-Cascades, and how she plans to celebrate!
May 24, 2021
Class of 2021: Kennedy Rose, American Studies
We are joined by Kennedy, a senior at OSU-Cascades majoring in American Studies. Kennedy once thought she was going to Law School and has since changed her path to pursuing nursing. Tune in to hear about where Kennedy would like to be in 5 years, what her favorite drink at study grounds is and what she’s most excited for in her life right now.
May 17, 2021
Class of 2021: Tom Hockett, Business Administration
In this episode, we are joined by Tom Hockett- an OSU-Cascades Business Administration Major. Tom returned to school after a career working with small businesses so he could gain a better overview of business, and was inspired by his mother who also went back to school as a senior citizen. We hear from Tom about his plans for grad school, his goals to teach business and entrepreneurship classes, and his passion for tennis. 
May 10, 2021
Class of 2021: Marichelle Gurski, Liberal Studies
In this episode, we are joined by Marichelle- a liberal studies major. In this episode we hear about Marechelle’s time at OSU-Cascades after transferring from COCC, what impact she’s most proud of making at OSU-Cascades, and Diversity Equity, and Inclusion on campus. We also chat about Marichelle's extensive travels abroad before she began school and how travel has shaped many of her perspectives on life! This is a good one, tune in!
May 03, 2021
Class of 2021: Megan Bolt, Business Admin
Our first senior spotlight is our very own podcast host, Megan Bolt! Rachel Dudley, our Internship & Employment coordinator stepped in to interview her for this one. Tune in to hear about how OSU-Cascades helped Megan launch her fishing gear company for women and has helped her to create a professional network throughout Bend, what her plans are after graduation, and more!  Stay tuned as we feature 2021 grads for the next 5+ weeks. 
April 26, 2021
Entrepreneurship Series Highlights & Life Lessons
Our Entrepreneurship series wrapped up a couple of weeks ago & last week we heard from Zavi about how he carved his own path, found his passions and created Vamonos Outside! This is a short highlight reel series where we pulled some of the best highlights from our talks with the founders & CEOs that we hosted on this series. We start next week with our Senior Spotlight Series!
April 20, 2021
Carving Your Own Path and Vamonos Outside with Zavier Borja
Today we are joined by Zavier Borja. In this episode, we chat with Zavier about how he’s carved his own path, how he’s found his authentic voice, and his passion for serving our youth, communities and getting them outside, and what has led him to create Vamonos Outside, the organization he currently serves as Program Coordinator for and is working to build. Vamonos Outside engages & inspires Latinx families & community into the outdoors throughout Central Oregon. We talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the outdoors, being authentic to you, seeking growth in life and so much more! Stay tuned.
April 12, 2021
Student Entrepreneur: Tully Henderson, Founder of Northwest Gear Supply
In this episode, we chat with Business Admin student Tully Henderson about his business, Northwest Gear Supply. The seed for this tactical gear & kit company was planted when Tully was just 13 playing airsoft with his friends and he's been building his business ever since. Tune in to hear how Tully has carved a name for himself in the industry & is thriving today.
April 07, 2021
Local Bend Company: Broken Top Candle Co with Affton Coffelt, Founder & CEO
In this episode, we chat with Affton Coffelt, the founder, and CEO of Broken Top Candle Co. Affton Started Broken Top Candle Co in her kitchen in 2015 as a way to get out some creativity. Broken Top Candle Co is now in stores throughout the US and some in Canada. Tune in to hear how Affton got her first order at Newport Market, learned the ropes of wholesale as she went, how Broken top has taken off into what it is today, and how networking and the Bend community has helped her to succeed!
March 29, 2021
Puffin Coolers: Alumni Parker Gonnet, Special Projects Coordinator
Curious about what it's like to work for a startup company? In this episode, we're joined by Parker Gonnet, an OSU-Cascades recent Grad and the Special Projects Coordinator for local company Puffin Coolers. We chat with Parker about what it's like to work for a quickly growing startup company, how he often has to toggle many hats in his position, and how he's often able to snowboard as much as he'd like to. Tune in!
March 15, 2021
Alumni Videographer: Jack Botti
In this episode, we are joined by Jack Botti, OSU-Cascades Alumni, and videographer. Jack began creating videos for fun while skiing with MBSEF with his friends at Mt. Bachelor and has honed his skills over the years as he pursues his career in Videography. We chat with Jack about how he’s developed his skills, how videography allows him to travel and adventure, including how he got paid to travel to ski in France, what brings him joy in the creative process and so much more.
March 08, 2021
Art, Apparel & Adventure: Alaskan Floats with founder, Madelaine Voegeli
In this episode, we are joined by entrepreneur, creative, and Alaskan lady, Madelaine Voegeli. Madelaine is the founder of Alaskan Floats an art & apparel line for the adventurous that she has in stores throughout Alaska. She is also the owner of Strictly Local Gallery, a local artists boutique, studio, and gallery on the Island of Prince of Wales Island in Southeast AK. In this episode, we talk about her journey to starting Alaskan Floats, growing Strictly Local and the uniqueness of doing business in Alaska! An episode you won’t want to miss. Tune in!
March 01, 2021
Real Estate Tech: Instashowing with Founder William Schoeffler
In this episode, we are joined by William Schoeffler, founder of Instashowing. William is a recent grad at the University of Oregon and founded his company while in his last years in university. Instashowing is a digital real estate tool that makes property showings easy for real estate agents. We chat with William about how he first saw the need for this digital tool while moving to Bend with his family, how he began to build the platform, and how he’s failed forward throughout the process.
February 22, 2021
Local Bend Company: CEOX with Co-CEO & Founder Luann Abrams
Research shows that the best-performing companies have women in leadership roles yet women make up only 6% of Fortune 500 companies. CEOX is working to help bridge this gap. CEOX connects highly-qualified female CEO-ready candidates to CEO and board roles.  In this episode, we chat with Luann Abrams about CEOX, and her journey in beginning this company a little over a year ago. She shares with us how CEOX is making an impact, how she's been able to thrive as a CEO and as an introvert, and shares valuable advice to students who are interested in entrepreneurship but don't know where to begin. We chat about CEOX success stories, the importance of creating a network, and more!
February 15, 2021
Alumni Entrepreneur: Taylor & The Bold Kind: Branding & Media
In this episode, we are joined by Taylor Johnson, OSU-Cascades Alumni (2019 Grad) and founder of The Bold Kind. The Bold Kind offers social media marketing & branding for small businesses and entrepreneurs with a big vision.  In this episode, we talk about Taylor’s journey in building her company, being bold in building a business and in life, facing rejection, what quality has helped her to be successful, and starting before you’re ready! 
February 08, 2021
Bio-Tech Entrepreneurship: LAZARUS 3D & Co-Founder & President, Smriti Zaneveld, PhD
Hi Bend Beavs! This is our fifth episode in our Entrepreneurship Series. In this episode we are joined by the Co-founder and President of Lazarus 3D, Smriti Zaneveld, Ph. D. Lazarus 3D is improving healthcare quality and outcomes by enabling patient-specific surgical rehearsal through 3D printed models. We talk with Smriti about how she and her co-founder started Lazarus 3D from their home while working towards their PhDs, how Lazarus 3D began from a simple question, and we hear some sage life advice that Smriti has picked up along her journey. Find out more:
February 01, 2021
Local Bend Company: EARTH CRUISER with Co-Founder & CEO, Lance Gillies
In this episode, we are joined by Lance Gilles- founder and CEO of local overland vehicle company, Earth Cruiser. Earth Cruisers are, simply put, "engineered for adventure" and serve as "your go-anywhere, do-anything adventure machine for life." We learn so much from Lance in this episode about business and life, the importance of surrounding yourself with good people, and hear some sage life advice about truly living your best life. We chat about the difficulties encountered when moving Earth Cruiser from Australia to Bend, Oregon, how Earth Cruiser was born from a personal need for a better overland vehicle, and how the powerhouse vehicle has reached people throughout the world.
January 25, 2021
Local Bend Company: Compassion Kombucha & Co-founder, Kristin Bergh
In this episode, we talk with Kristin Bergh, the co-founder of the local company- Compassion Kombucha. Kristin and her husband, Casey, began Compassion as a hobby, and their kombucha is now in stores all around Bend, Oregon. Listen in to hear about how Compassion grew, became the only elephant-friendly certified kombucha in the world, and how the mantra "do for one what you wish you could do for all" is a cornerstone of Kristin and Casey's family and their business.
January 18, 2021
Local Bend Company: Cairn & Co-Founder, Rob Little
Join us in this episode where we chat with the co-founder of local company Cairn. Cairn started in Bend, Oregon in 2014 as an outdoor subscription box and has now branched into so much more. We hear how Cairn got started, why innovation is a part of Cairn's DNA, and what Cairn is growing into.   
January 11, 2021
Student Entrepreneur: Cloe & Essence of Belle
This is the first episode of our series- "From the Ground Up: Central Oregon Entrepreneurship." In this episode, we chat with Senior Business Administration Student Cloe Provost about her wellness, sustainability & lifestyle blog, Essence of Belle. We hear from Cloe about what she's learned while building her blog, how she began offering adjacent services, selling crystal waterbottles, and her vision for a sustainable clothing line. 
January 04, 2021
Trailer for UPCOMING Entrepreneurship Series
This is a preview episode of our next podcast series that launches at the beginning of next term (Winter 2021). In this next series, titled "From the Ground Up: Central Oregon Entrepreneurship,"  we catch up with business founders, CEOs, and Student Entrepreneurs. We talk with local companies Earth Cruiser and Cairn, a student blogger and entrepreneur, a medical company that is revolutionizing the way that surgeons operate with 3D printing and so so much more. Listen to this episode for a sneak peek of what's to come- and tune in for our next series in January!
December 15, 2020
Student, Entrepreneur, and NEW Podcast Host
This episode puts our new CareerLift podcast host, Megan Bolt, in the hot seat! Listen in to hear more about her experiences as a student at OSU-Cascades, starting a business for women fishing gear (Raddr), and some key life advice she's gained through it all. 
December 04, 2020
In the Biz: EDCO
Are you a current student interested in landing an internship? Listen in as Cameron Burns, EDCO intern and current student, talks about his internship experience and how he landed this cool opportunity.
November 30, 2020
In the Biz: Humm Kombucha
Nick Dally, a current College of Business student, shares how he advocated for himself in the workplace and ended up with a great skill-building opportunity with his employer, Humm Kombucha.
November 23, 2020
In the Biz: Keep the Stoke Alive - Entrepreneurship
Michael Boles, one of our entrepreneurial students, shares his early-stage start-up experience with us. Listen in as we talk about base jumping, career risk-taking, relationship building, and, most importantly, how to Keep the Stoke Alive.
November 16, 2020
In the Biz: Bob's Red Mill
Listen in as Cheyenne Bench, recent OSU-Cascades graduate, discusses her new role at Bob's Red Mill and how her internship with LAM Research helped her to gain skills and land this job.
November 09, 2020
In the Biz: Premiere Aesthetics Institute
In this episode, current student Chloe Woodward shares how she’s combining her passion for cosmetology and marketing as an educator and marketing lead at Premiere Aesthetics Institute.
November 02, 2020
In the Biz: GSI
Listen in as recent graduate Nolan Killgore shares his experience of the power of building a lateral network and learn about one of Bend’s most interesting companies, GSI.
October 26, 2020
In the Biz: Construction
If you have recently tried to schedule any general contracting work, you know how busy our Central Oregon construction companies are. Listen in as McKenzie Walsworth, a Junior at OSU-Cascades, shares her experience of working for her family’s construction company.
October 19, 2020
In the Biz: Brewed Awakenings Coffee Roasters
Could you, would you, should you work for a family business? Chase Gunderson, current Senior at OSU-Cascades, says yes! Chase explains what it is like to work at Brewed Awakenings Coffee Roasters, a family-owned business started by his dad in 1989.
October 19, 2020
In the Biz: Onboard Dynamics Internship
In this episode, listen to current student Mitch Jacobs share details of his internship. Mitch is at Onboard Dynamics, a company that grew out of technology created here at OSU-Cascades.  Mitch shares how lessons learned in trail running apply to his internship and he shares details about how he landed this cool opportunity.
October 11, 2020
In the Biz: Gather Nuts and Yarrow Creative
In this new series, Kim Vierra, Program Manager for the College of Business, sits down and gathers insight from OSU-Cascade's business interns and alumni. Listen in as recent grad Denali Emmons shares her experience working in the gig economy. She is currently wearing two hats: one in marketing and operations at a start-up, Gather Nuts, and the other as a marketer at a local agency, Yarrow Creative.  Denali shares some key advice: it is important to be open to tasks that are above and below the duties that you are responsible for.
October 05, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: Thermo Fisher Scientific
In this episode, we speak with Derek Koops, General Manager of the Bend, OR Thermo Fisher site, and Annie Muske-Dukes, Early Development Scientist III. Derek and Annie share some general information on Thermo Fisher Scientific and the site here in Bend, OR, as well as the internship options available for 2021 that span a variety of different departments including Health and Safety, Project Management, Method Development, Early Development, or Formulation and Process Development. We also speak about how to apply and make yourself stand out in the competitive application process. If you're interested in applying for any of these internships you can visit the Thermo Fisher Scientific site or via Handshake. If you have any additional questions, you can contact the HR Coordinator, Cheyenne Hall, at 541-318-7115 or by email at
October 02, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: On-Campus TOUR Ambassador
In this episode, we chat with Emily Ford, Admissions Advisor at OSU-Cascades, about the TOUR Ambassador program and position. Emily shares some background on the work of the Office of Admissions and how the TOUR Ambassador team contributes to growing enrollment at OSU-Cascades. This student leadership position allows students to gain a variety of different skills, including public speaking, administration, customer service, etc. If you're interested in learning more or applying, you can view the position here. For any additional questions, you can email Emily at
October 02, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: Express Employment Professionals of Central Oregon
In this episode, we chat with Stephanie Miller, Franchise Owner in Central Oregon of Express Employment Professionals. She shares more about how they work as a staffing agency, what types of positions are available, and how a student can utilize Express Employment Professionals as a resource for finding work or internship opportunities, including the mentioned Job Genius webpage. If you're interested in learning more, you can visit their website or call the office at 541-389-1505.
October 01, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: Bend Park and Recreation District
In this episode, we speak with Natalie Broadus-Beard, the HR Specialist at the Bend Park and Recreation District.  Natalie informs us about the current openings available, including positions within all-day child care programs, swim instructors, and lifeguards. Natalie also shares insight into the hiring process and how to make yourself stand out in an application. If you're interested in any of these positions or want to learn more, you check out the Bend Park and Recreation District website, or contact Natalie directly by emailing 
September 30, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: Bethlehem Inn
In this episode, we chat with Tara Feurtado, the Program Manager at Bethlehem Inn, an emergency homeless shelter for adults and families. Tara first shares about Bethlehem Inn's mission and service to the community and their recent, exciting expansion. Then we talk about current and future positions that are available at the organization and what kind of candidates they look for.  If you're interested in the overnight position or have additional questions, you can reach out to Tara directly by emailing 
September 30, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: On-Campus Innovation Co-Lab Consultant (Tech Assistant)
In this episode, we speak with Adam Krynicki, Executive Director of the OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab, about the Student Consultant (Co-Lab Tech Assistant) position. Adam talks about the purpose of the Innovation Co-Lab, how students are involved in that effort through consultant-type work, the career readiness skills integrated into these positions, and what he looks for when hiring students. If you're interested in this position, you can view the job posting and apply here, or email Adam Krynicki at
September 29, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: Consumer Cellular
In this episode, we chat with Morgan James, Recruiter with Consumer Cellular in Central Oregon. Morgan shares some background on the company, what positions are available, and how students can stand out in the application process. This includes the Customer Account Advisor, an entry-level position with lots of growth opportunities within the company.  You can learn more and apply for this position here or by visiting the main Consumer Cellular website. If you have any additional questions you can contact the Recruiting Team at or by calling Morgan directly at 541-639-8630.
September 29, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: Opportunity Foundation of Central OR
In this episode, we chat with Ellyn Waler, the HR Director at the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon. Ellyn shares some background and history of the Opportunity Foundation of Central OR, the services they provide, and what they look for when hiring. Currently, the Opportunity Foundation of Central OR is hiring for Direct Support Professional positions. These positions vary in type of work, but are flexible and work well with academic schedules. You can learn more and apply for these positions on Handshake or by directly visiting their website.  If you have any further questions, you can contact the HR department by calling 541-526-5565, emailing Ellyn at, or by emailing
September 28, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: On-Campus Videographer for Todd Montgomery
In this episode, we chat with Todd Montgomery who is hiring a student videographer to film and edit field interviews as well as work on current and new projects. Examples of projects include collaboration with Visit Bend filmed on the river and Tetherow filmed on a golf course. Todd is looking for a student who is a self-starter and not afraid to come up with ideas. There's a weekly check-point and the hours are flexible based on one's availability. This position is open to any student with a creative mind who is conscientious and open to learning or putting their video filming and editing experience to use! If you're interested in applying, please visit our On-Campus Employment Page, or email Todd Montgomery at
September 28, 2020
Back-to-School Job Fair: Hydroflask
In this episode, I speak with Tripp Sickler, Director of Sales, International (Asia Pacific and Latin America). He shares about how he ended up at Hydroflask, how the company was born. Tripp shares some history about the company, his advice and insight for a successful job search, and the culture and environment that makes Hydroflask such a great place to work! If you're interested in staying updated on open positions at Hydroflask, make sure to regularly check the Helen of Troy Career Site.
September 28, 2020
Major Exploration: Business Administration with Student Engagement Program Manager, Kim Vierra, and senior student Megan Bolt
In this episode, we chat with Student Engagement Program Manager in the College of Business, Kim Vierra, and senior BA student Megan Bolt. Megan changed her major a couple of times and ended up in Business because she always had a dream of starting a business and knew the degree would offer her a variety of practical skills to get there! Kim agrees and says, "Getting a degree in Business is a great way to develop transferrable skills for a wide variety of jobs in a wide variety of industries...Our goal is that students leave poised to do what they want to do." You'll hear why our Business Administration degree has the "secret sauce" to offer a life-altering experience for students.
September 18, 2020
Major Exploration: Art and Arts, Media and Technology Senior Instructor and Program Lead, Kiel Fletcher, and senior student Kate Kolb
In this episode, we hear from Senior Instructor and Program Lead for Art and Arts, Media and Technology, Kiel Fletcher, and senior student Kate Kolb. Kate shares that she chose the AMT program because it has a variety of different classes you can take to help you narrow down which medium of art you enjoy most. Kiel states that he hopes students gain, "...the ability to move into a creative field using a skill set that they may have picked up on the way. Whether or not they know what that field is while they're at Cascades is less important..." He shares that through his undergraduate program as a media arts degree, he had a lot of skill sets but didn't know how to apply them. When designing the AMT program, it was important that he developed a curriculum that would help students build awareness of the options and ways they can apply their skill sets.  "If you're able to apply creative thinking to really any job environment, you've got a leg up on a lot of your co-workers...The AMT program is designed with job skill sets in mind." Kiel ends by sharing advice for students to, "Just [be] open to new experiences and learning moments that you may or may not recognize at the time. They'll all help you down the road." We couldn't agree more!
September 04, 2020
Major Exploration: Outdoor Products with Executive Director in Residence, Geoff Raynak, and two OP students Daniel Rogers and Will Kramer
In this episode, we speak with Executive Director in Residence for the Outdoor Products degree, Geoff Raynak, and two Outdoor Products students, Daniel Rogers and Will Kramer. Geoff shares more about the development of the newer program. "When you think about a career in Outdoor Products, it runs the entire spectrum of career options. You could be on the marketing side, you could be a designer who picks the specific materials, you could be a developer who helps decide where things get made, you could be in sales, you could be an entrepreneur and need to know about every single step of that process...What I expect and hope the students will graduate with is an understanding of all of those things so that they can then find their passion within outdoor products that they are excited about and that they want to start their career with." Daniel shares his journey from Energy Systems Engineering to now studying Outdoor Products, and Will echoes that story in sharing of exploring three different major tracks and being open to switching programs as there is no shame in changing your mind.  As Geoff states, "Find a major that's maybe not exactly right, find another one that maybe is a little bit closer and then land on something that really resonates with you as a person."
August 27, 2020
Major Exploration: Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences with Associate Professor, Dr. Ron Reuter and two NR students Sam Bango and Laura Mcwhorter
In this episode, we talk to Associate Professor of Natural Resources, Dr. Ron Reuter, and two senior-level NR students, Sam Bango and Laura Mcwhorter. Ron talks about how he got started in the industry after falling in love with a soils class and the time he almost blew up a laboratory in grad school. Ultimately his path in graduate school revealed his love for Natural Resources and for teaching students. His decision to come to OSU-Cascades in 2003 follows the advice he encourages students to follow which is to, "...jump on those opportunities when they come forward...We try and second guess ourselves a lot but sometimes the opportunities come along and you take it." Ron also speaks about the differences between Natural Resources and our newer Environmental Sciences program. Sam shares how she started out traveling after high school without the intention to go back to school but started to feel the impact of human treatment on the environment which led her to want to be a part of the change. In her advice to other students still exploring, Sam states, "I don't think you're going to find your perfect career, your perfect degree, in a classroom...I think that taking time to reflect and travel or explore whatever that means to you and just take time away figuring out who you are and what makes you tick." Laura talks about her journey to Natural Resources through her fascination and endless curiosity with the natural world. Her time in Natural Resources has given her not only a strong foundation but has also kept her interested in showcasing the variety of different pathways and career options within the industry. Again, Laura talks about the importance of the advice she once received encouraging her to take as many opportunities to be out in the field and experience different options. This experiential learning emphasis is what makes both Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at OSU-Cascades stand out!
August 21, 2020
Major Exploration: Elementary Education & Masters of Arts in Teaching with Senior Instructor, Dr. Rachael Schuetz & recent MAT graduate, Tommy Brown
In this episode, we chat with Senior Instructor for the Masters of Arts in Teaching and Elementary Cohort Lead, Dr. Rachael Schuetz and recent MAT graduate, Tommy Brown.  Rachael shares about how she ended up falling in love with teaching through the Cadet Teaching Program, which is also how Tommy started exploring a potential career in teaching as well. When Rachael worked on developing the Elementary Education program, she focused on making as many experiences as hands-on and field-based in elementary schools. "You do spend time in a university classroom learning the theory, learning the best practices, but we then move our classes into the schools." Tommy also talks about his decision to stay in his hometown of Bend to pursue his undergraduate degree at OSU-Cascades, followed by his decision to continue with the MAT program. A huge advantage for him throughout his education was the community partnerships, especially with the Bend-La Pine School District. Tommy's advice for students still exploring is founded in the Howard Thurman quote: “Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” We couldn't agree more! 
August 14, 2020
Major Exploration: Kinesiology & DPT with Clinical Assistant Professor and Education Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Flexner & Montana Kaiyala
In this episode, we learn more about OSU-Cascade's Kinesiology and Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs from Clinical Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Dr. Lisa Flexner, and upcoming Kinesiology graduate, Montana Kaiyala.  Dr. Flexner talks about the importance of exploration and shares that she hopes students in the Kinesiology program gain, "... that curiosity, that willingness to explore and excitement to explore the human body and human movement and how that affects our communities...I hope that students see not just a career path, but a way that they can influence the world because I think that...if we understand humans well... then we can be the leaders in helping develop the communities we want to live in as well as being great kinesiologists, health care providers, physical education teachers, coaches, nurses - whatever pathway you move forward in, that understanding of the human is going to help you." Montana speaks to her personal experience at OSU-Cascades and how the Kinesiology program has helped her career goals by, "... networking during undergrad and finding opportunities and taking opportunities when they come my way." Dr. Flexner reminds us that every degree program can provide a student with a variety of transferrable skills, and Kinesiology is no different. "[There are] so many different pathways that you can be in. This is going to teach you skills that you can transfer to any different career you want. And that is exciting because you can study something you love, and you just have to make the case for why you're still the best person for the job can say, I know humans! I know human psychology and I know human movement...and if we're going to work together, we're working with humans." 
August 07, 2020
International Internship Opportunities During a Global Pandemic
In this episode, we chat with the Global Internships Manager with the OSU IE3 Global Program, Elizabeth Mills. Elizabeth shares more about the IE3 Global Program and how her team works to coordinate 130 international internship sites in over 40 countries. However, this year they have had to be innovative in their approach due to the travel restrictions with COVID-19. We spend the majority of this episode learning more about the new Virtual International Internship option through IE3 Global that allows OSU students to continue to gain comprehensive experience working with an international organization while advancing cross-cultural skills via a virtual, remote work arrangement. This creative option really shows that you “don’t have to cross borders to cross cultures.” If you’re interested in learning more and applying, check out IE3 Global’s Virtual International Internship page. Applications for a Winter 2020 internship are due September 1!
August 04, 2020
Major Exploration: Energy Systems Engineering & Engineering Science with Senior Instructor Dr. Rebecca Webb & Alex Ackerman
In this episode, we speak with Senior Instructor and Program Lead for the Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) and Engineering Science programs, Dr. Rebecca Webb, as well as senior ESE major, Alex Ackerman.  Dr. Webb shares that her hope for students in both programs is that, "...they leave with a set of very strong tools that will set them up to do whatever it is they want to do in the engineering field. So I want them to be ready to hit the ground running and do something meaningful from day one." Alex talks about his experience in the ESE program, and how he feels the program has provided a variety of options and equipped him to learn the tools he'll need wherever he goes.  We also briefly talk about the new Engineering Science program starting this Fall at OSU-Cascades. Dr. Webb states, "It is a program that's designed to provide students with the skills they need to be an engineer...What that means is that the students would be prepared to go into any field and make a contribution...because they'd have the base-level skills they needed to take on a wide variety of tasks."
July 31, 2020
Major Exploration: Human Development & Family Sciences with Senior Instructor Dennis Lynn and Thelma Pruett
In this episode, we hear from Dennis Lynn, senior Instructor of Human Development and Family Services and 3rd-year HDFS student, Thelma Pruett. The HDFS program at OSU-Cascades incorporates a unique blend of compassion and critical thinking, encouraging students to lead with love and open hearts that are willing to learn and listen, in balance with the best thinking they can bring to it.  Dennis shares about the program's emphasis on understanding one's self through self-reflection - what are the things that you're drawn to, what fits you, what doesn't - and using those to find how to make the greatest difference in the world. As Dennis brilliantly summarizes, "Know yourself, serve your family, then let it ripple out in amazing ways." Thelma talks about what experiences she has had that's led her to the passion she found within human services. "What do you like to do, what makes you happy, what interests you, volunteer in different places and know your decisions will lead you to what you want to do...Finding that what you don't like to do is as important as what you like to do. So being mindful, paying attention to yourself and your own experiences, it will lead you to success." The HDFS program has ultimately helped her have a better understanding of society in general and all the challenges that we as human beings go through in life. 
July 24, 2020
Major Exploration: Tourism, Recreation & Adventure Leadership with Instructor Andrew Hawley
NEW SERIES: Major Exploration – Deciding on and declaring a major is an important part of the college experience, and does not come easy for most. In fact, 3 in 4 students change their major at some point in their college career. To help you through this process, our team will sit down with faculty and students to give you an inside look at each program offered at OSU-Cascades. We are joined by Andrew Hawley, Professor of Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership at OSU-Cascades. He speaks about what the tourism industry looks like amidst the pandemic and his take on what it will look like in Central OR this summer. Andrew encourages those in the industry to use this time to diversify their skillsets and find fulfillment in exploring personal passions and pursuits. We also chat about the need to shift the industry's current white-centric paradigm, and how organizations and programs can create space for marginalized populations. As Andrew brilliantly states, "(It's) time to make a change and in doing this you will find work. There is work to be done." We hope you enjoy this conversation and get some fun recommendations on where to explore in Central OR this summer!
July 09, 2020
Class of 2020: Daphne Lara
In this final episode of our Senior Spotlight series, we chat with Daphne Lara, a Business Administration graduate of 2020. Daphne shares about the experiences that led to majoring in Business, her time as a student employee for the Admissions office as well as an intern in the Innovation Co-Lab, and her recent accomplishment of getting into the OSU Master's in Business Administration graduate program. She advises current students to keep trying and remember to take it easy and be forgiving towards yourself when things don't go as planned, and to celebrate all accomplishments along the way. And the more Disney involved, the better. Daphne, we are so proud of all that you have accomplished and are so excited to see where this next chapter of life takes you! Congratulations!
June 26, 2020
Class of 2020: West Lambert
In this episode, we speak with recent Natural Resources graduate, West Lambert, who shares about his next adventure and the steps that led him to this great accomplishment. West also shares his tips and tricks that he learned through his process of applying to federal positions: Unless it is a graduate pathways position, you must have either relevant experience (be a range intern not soil con according to them) OR actually have your degree by the closing date of the job posting (not within two months as I’ve been told in the past). Always keep every syllabus for each course you take or some form of paperwork that describes what you did. This becomes especially important for courses that do not have a specific course description online. Ex: internships, field tours, projects, etc. Keep a standing record (spreadsheet) of your coursework including what category it falls under and the term/semester conversion. Make sure your resume and transcripts are up to date and any relevant jobs/internships match WORD FOR WORD the qualifications they are looking for. Make sure your graduation date is on something. If the course doesn't specifically say "range" (not shrublands, grasslands, wildlands) in the title or in the course description online ATTACH THE SYLLABUS. DO NOT GIVE UP. If you feel that you have been wrongly disqualified, ask why! And then ask for a second opinion (for it to be escalated). I have been through 7 HR people! All but the last one told me I wasn't qualified. Thanks for sharing your advice, West! And congratulations on obtaining the Rangeland Management Specialist position with the Natural Resource Conservation in Pendleton, OR! Best wishes to you in this next chapter! 
June 18, 2020
Class of 2020: James Bartley
Congratulations to James Bartley, a Business Administration graduate of 2020! James is excited to pursue a career in sports management, and is making great connections in his current internship with the eSports organization, North American Collegiate Counter Strike. James's leadership and influence on this campus will be greatly missed, as he helped with the formation of many clubs including the Business Club, Rotaract Club, and E-Sports club. His advice to current students is to do everything with conviction and confidence, and plan for the future, live in the present, and look to the past for guidance. Amazing insight, James! We are so proud of all your accomplishments and wish you the best in your next adventure!
June 12, 2020
Class of 2020: Summit Kuehn
One of the first to obtain a college degree in her family, Summit Kuehn is graduating this year with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art. She is excited to pursue a career in the body modification industry, and might teach college level art down the road as well. Summit's advice for current students is to be yourself and try new things. And don't hesitate to reach out for help when you need it! We couldn't agree more. Congratulations Summit, we are so proud of all your accomplishments!
June 08, 2020
Navigating Your Career in a Pandemic: Professor Pop-In with Yong Bakos (Part 2)
Our conversation with Yong continues as he shares how students can redirect in the midst of declining openings or rescinded job or internship offers, how to advance your career during this time (use our office to beef-up your resume, find networking opportunities, etc. #shamelessplug), and the importance of doing nothing sometimes. We also learn Yong's other ventures with a coffee shop in Portland, his encounters with Dave Chappelle, and why you should go visit Dayton, OH once it's safe to do so. (Mentioned in the show: Meet Your Future calendar. 26cafe in Portland, OR). 
June 01, 2020
Class of 2020: Alex Wilson
Even while working full-time throughout her program, Alex is graduating this year with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. What a huge accomplishment! She shares about her next adventure pursuing a Masters in Social Work through Portland State University in hopes to work with families of children with disabilities. Alex's piece of advice for current students is to do your assignments on time and don't procrastinate! Alex, we are so proud of your accomplishments and are inspired by your powerful story! Thank you for sharing it with us!
May 29, 2020
Navigating Your Career in a Pandemic: Professor Pop-In with Yong Bakos (Part 1)
In this episode, we welcome our very own, Yong Bakos. We talk about remote work and how to be successful and productive while working from home. Yong shares some of his personal favorites on how to stay organized and on task, including eating frogs. (Yes, you heard that right). Tune in next week to listen to the rest of our conversation with Yong in part 2. (Mentioned in the show: The Guardian Article: Working from home has a troubled history. Coronavirus is exposing its flaws again, productivity tools like Basecamp, Atlassian, Slack, Microsoft To-Do, Things App, the Getting Things Done (GTD) method, Inbox/Calendar 0, and the time management hack titled Eat That Frog). 
May 27, 2020
Class of 2020: Cecilia Ledford
We are so excited to start our Senior Spotlight Series with you! While we are disheartened that we won't be able to celebrate in person this June, we wanted to take some time to feature some recent and upcoming graduates in the Class of 2020!  In this episode, we chat with Cecilia Ledford, a Post-Baccalaureate student graduating with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology. Cecilia shares about the process she went through in changing her career path from the hospitality industry to seeking a degree in Kinesiology, how she's passionate about creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all within fitness, and how she plans to celebrate her accomplishments. Cecilia, we are so inspired by your passion and joy and cannot wait to see how you change this world for the better!
May 22, 2020
Navigating Your Career in a Pandemic: Professor Pop-In with Todd Montgomery
In this episode, we sit down with Todd Montgomery to chat about all things COVID-19 and his take on the impact this will have on the Hospitality Industry. Todd also shares his summer plans for his personal continued learning and tips on how students can do the same during this time. And you heard it here first, but after trying to homeschool his own kids, Todd makes a lofty prediction about the future of educational K-12 teachers that we certainly hope comes true! We hope you enjoy listening in on this insightful and fun conversation. 
May 20, 2020
Navigating Your Career in a Pandemic: Graduating During a Recession (Part 2)
This week we hear from those who graduated during the Great Recession to provide solace and advice for recent and upcoming graduates as they enter the workforce into the Great Lockdown. In this episode, we sit down with John Dempsey who currently works as a Digital Strategist and Partner at RoadTrip, a brand marketing agency in Bend. He shares about his experience graduating in 2008 from OSU-Corvallis and what life looked like throughout and after his senior year. John shares the importance and edge that a recent graduate has when entering the workforce due to their fresh perspective and knowledge of the current culture. "Somebody who's a fresh graduate has a finger on the pulse of culture in a way that many other people don't."  If you a recent or upcoming graduate, or even if you still have a year or 2 to go, we hope you found this series encouraging and reassuring. Like John mentions at the end, you will be okay! 
May 14, 2020
Navigating Your Career in a Pandemic: Graduating During a Recession (Part 1)
This week we hear from those who graduated during the Great Recession to provide solace and advice for recent and upcoming graduates as they enter the workforce into the Great Lockdown.  In this episode, we sit down with Damon Runberg who currently works as a Regional Economist for the State of Oregon Employment Department. He shares about his experience graduating in 2009 and what life looked like throughout and after his senior year.
May 12, 2020
Navigating Your Career in a Pandemic: Utilizing Staffing Agencies in Your Job Search (Part 2)
Part 2 of 2: In this episode, we chat with Rob Ramaker, Business Development Manager at Express Employment Professionals of Central Oregon. Rob shares the benefits of utilizing Express Employment Professionals as a free resource throughout one's job search. This is a huge opportunity for students who are interested in getting connected with local openings and tapping into the large number of employer connections that a staffing agency is able to provide. Rob also mentions the career development resources available on their website, including the Job Genius platform.
May 08, 2020
Navigating Your Career in a Pandemic: Utilizing Staffing Agencies in Your Job Search (Part 1)
Part 1 of 2: In this episode, we chat with OSU-Cascades alum and friend David Haines, who now works as a Staffing Consultant at PrideStaff in Bend. David shares about the experiences during his time at OSU-Cascades that added value to his career path, and how he ended up in his current role at PrideStaff. He also speaks generally about what a staffing agency does, and how students can use staffing agencies like PrideStaff throughout their job search. 
May 04, 2020
Navigating Your Career in a Pandemic: Updates and Hot Takes
As we all have quickly transitioned into life during a pandemic, we wanted to share what we've been working on in the Career Development Center to help through this time, including resources like our recent Live Chat feature, Graduate Guide for our recent and upcoming graduates, Who's Currently Hiring page, and more. We end the episode with a new segment we like to call: Hot Takes! Today we share what we're binging on Netflix, what we're reading, and more! 
May 01, 2020
Navigating Your Career in a Pandemic: Insight from the Employment Department
Has COVID-19 impacted your career advancement? Listen in as we have discussions with the Oregon Employment Department, staffing agencies, faculty leaders, and alumni of 2008/2009's Great Recession to learn ways you can continue making steps forward during this uncertain time. In this episode, we take a deeper look into the state of Central Oregon's economic reality during this interview with Workforce Analyst, Kale Donnelly. Kale joins us from the State of Oregon Employment Department to share some insight as well as his advice and recommendations for those entering the workforce during these unprecedented times. To learn more about the resources Kale mentions in this episode, visit
April 27, 2020
Introduction: Your Career Coaches
Introducing the CareerLift Podcast, brought to you by the Career Development Center at OSU-Cascades. Each week, career coaches, Rachel and Laura, will explore different topics to help you continue designing the career you want!  In this episode, Rachel and Laura share just a bit about who they are and how they ended up in their current roles at OSU-Cascades.
April 24, 2020