The Career Management Center at Old Dominion University offers a variety of programs and services through the Career Advantage Program. The Career Advantage Program (CAP) is your link to career assistance, resources, and experience. The foundation of CAP is your opportunity to gain work experience related to your major through internships, cooperative education or practical experience outside the classroom. We work with students individually, and in groups to assist with all phases of the career exploration, planning and job search process.
During your sophomore year, you should begin thinking about how your education and interests fit into life after college. Whether you are considering applying to graduate school or hoping to enter the workforce, now is the time to start gaining the experience you will need for your future. Connect with the Career Management Center so that we can help Link you to your future. Your future starts now!
The Center for Major Exploration (CME) assists exploratory students in making appropriate decisions regarding their major and career goals. Students are assisted with the decision-making process through major advising, workshops, teaching of Career Exploration courses, and administration of various career interest inventories. CME utilizes a sequential 3 step process which consists of the following appointments: 1. Initial Interview, 2. Decision-Making Workshop, 3. Advising/Major Exploration Appointment. Advisors are concerned with aiding students in developing and evaluating their academic and career plan, and providing services to enhance student’s academic success.
CME can assist sophomore students who are still in the process of making a major decision, as well as those who may want to switch their major but are unsure which path to follow. CME is beneficial for students that want to engage in the decision making process and learn the necessary skills to make decisions related to all aspects of life. If you are uncertain which path to choose, come and see us at CME.
During the second year of college and beyond, students bring experiences and growth from freshman year into their living communities. Sophomores often find themselves more prepared to take an active role both in the residence halls and in the campus community. A student's sophomore year can be both a challenging and anxiety-producing experience while they start to think about their future personal, academic and career goals. Take this time to connect with the sophomore class through programs, activities, and resources which promote opportunities for each student to learn from another's experience, grow as an individual, and move forward on achieving their goals and aspirations.
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership provides a variety of leadership opportunities for students. These include programs, retreats, services and publications to assist students and organizations in the exploration and refinement of their leadership abilities and preparation to become active citizens in the community. Sophomore year is a great time to become involved with various clubs and organizations on campus. Activity outside of the classroom is just as important as academics to future employers. The second year can be used as a stepping stone into leadership positions where you will learn essential skills that can be applied in the workforce. Be sure to check out the Emerging Monarchs Program!
The Peer Educator Program is designed to help students achieve academic success by providing mentors to help them work through personal and academic challenges, improve study and social skills, and aid in setting realistic and tangible goals. The Peer Educator Program is an excellent opportunity for all sophomores in the sense that it is available to all students. Whether you excel in an area and like to help others, or you just need a little extra help with studying, time management, or coursework, the Peer Educator Program has something for you.
Old Dominion University encourages all students to consider studying abroad for a summer, semester, or full year as part of their academic experience. Study abroad can enhance any major by challenging students to adapt to a new academic system and to infuse their studies with a global perspective. In addition, the culture and language learning opportunities which are offered by study abroad are unparalleled. The sophomore year is the perfect time to explore your study abroad options and start planning for the adventure of a lifetime.
The Center for Service & Civic Engagement provides students with the opportunity to enhance their educational experience beyond the boundaries of the classroom by engaging in meaningful service to the campus and local and global communities. The center seeks to facilitate strong partnerships between the campus and local community and to promote civic engagement as a powerful tool to expand student awareness of community and societal issues. The center also commits to giving ODU students the skills necessary to facilitate democratic change and to become societal stewards advocating for the common good of the global community. This is a wonderful opportunity for sophomores looking to get more involved with service. The Sophomore Success Program partners with the Center for Service & Civic Engagement often, so keep an eye on the events page and join the fun!