First Generation

A First-Gen student is one for whom no parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have completed a 4-year (Bachelor’s) degree, regardless of other family members’ level of education. You’ve broken barriers, and now it’s time to look ahead at achieving success in your first career after college. Please explore the targeted resources below to get you there. (If you have a resource you want us to include, let us know!) Remember that we are here for you, you don’t have to go at it alone!

The Career Connection Office is a proud partner of Bishop Elevate, and is committed to providing resources, events, and programs, dedicated to supporting First-Gen students. Please contact Mindy Agin ( for questions about how you can get connected with Career Connection as a First-Gen student, alumni, or employer!


Career Connection and First Gen

  • Create Meaningful Relationships (Networking): OWU encourages you to share your unique story with others who can be your mentors and to develop strong connections. Faculty, academic and career advisors, peers and the over 80 OWU Alumni Partners can all be fantastic resources!

  • It’s okay to ask questions, we promise! Career Connection is here to answer any questions you might have about the professional workplace and graduate programs that you might have! Please also take advantage of the Bishop Elevate Program (First Gen) for guidance and building your community here at OWU.

  • Gain Experience: The Career Connection can work with you to find opportunities to explore and experience work environments and set yourself up for the future. We can help you access where you are in your career path, determine your next steps and help you move forward!

OWU has eight Career Communities, each with a Career Catalyst who can support you. Below are questions to consider asking us:

  • What kind of careers can I go into with my major?
  • Will I need to continue my education after completing my undergraduate degree? (Graduate programs, masters programs, etc.) and how do I make sure I can compete with other applicants?
  • Why is networking important, what does this look like, and how do I get started?
  • How much and what kind of experience should I get to pursue my career?
  • Why do people go to graduate school? Do I need to attend one to pursue my career?
  • How and where do I find internships and job listings not on Handshake?
  • How do I know if this job/internship listing is legitimate, or do you think it’s a scam? *Always ask us if you have ANY hesitation!*
  • Can AI help or hurt my chances at getting a job if I use it to write a resume or cover letter?
  • What is a cover letter? Do I need to include it if it’s listed as ‘optional?’
  • I landed an interview and I’m nervous, what are the best ways to prepare for it?
  • What is the appropriate dress for interviews, career fairs, business meetings, etc.? What does ‘business casual’ mean vs. “business professional’ mean?

We are here and eager to support you!


News & Advice

Career Connection Hours

Day of the week
Hours Drop-Ins
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm  

Contact & Location

(740) 368-3152

Slocum Hall 207
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015