The Oberlin Review
<< Front page Commentary February 8, 2008

Editorial: Obies Get the Jobs

For students in their last semester, figuring out how to maneuver the transition from the cozy Oberlin bubble into the real world can be stressful. The Office of Career Services lacked a strong presence on campus, reserved mostly for those of us daring or provident enough to seek its bounty on our own. Their under-publicized offices located in Stevie often remain unknown to students. Recent floods of e-mails have helped, but many students are still unaware of ever-passing deadlines and missed opportunities. This might not be completely the fault of Career Services, as Oberlin students are not always the most ambitious or career-oriented, at least not in the conventional sense.

Career Services usually sponsors a handful of workshops for students, but this year it seems to be aiming higher. Oberlin’s Creativity and Leadership Project is holding an entrepreneurship symposium called “Inventing the Future,” a series of events that will bring a number of alumni to campus to “define and explore entrepreneurship in a liberal arts setting,” according to its online manifesto. It’s an ambitious undertaking, attempting to merge the arts with business.

The Creativity and Leadership Project offers further promise in a Winter Term program and a few courses that deal with networking, negotiating and other business skills for artists and musicians. The Winter Term Entrepreneurship Scholars program is similar to Business Scholars, physically taking students out of the bubble and into the real world with several trips in January.

This is what Obies need — as we’re wandering around campus with a “change the world” mentality, there are plenty of other schools setting up on-campus job fairs and training their students in the art of resume-writing. While it is in the very nature of Obies to join the Peace Corps, Teach for America or other such programs, they must face the real world at some point, and the College’s recent efforts are beginning to show us that it is indeed possible for one person to fearlessly change the world.

Editorials are the responsibility of the Review editorial board – the Editors-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Production Manager and Commentary Editor – and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Review staff.


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