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Faculty and Staff Services

As a faculty, staff member or administrator, you are an important person in students' and alumni's Ohio Northern experiences. In addition to seeking your advice about courses, students may approach you for guidance about their career interests, job search or professional goals. We welcome your contributions to students' and alumni's career-development process and encourage you to become familiar with the services offered by the Office of Polar Careers, ONU's undergraduate student career center . Our website provides you with information about services and resources as well as ways you can support students' and alumni's career development, including guidelines for writing academic letters of recommendation.

frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • When should students visit Polar Careers?
    Students should plan to meet with a career professional early in their ONU careers. We encourage students to connect with the Office of Polar Careers during their first year or semester on campus. Students also can engage with our office by attending Emerging Professional Series (EPS) presentations. You will find the list of events  here . The EPS schedule is linked at the bottom of this page also. Based on a recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, the likelihood of students getting job offers increases with the frequency of career center use.
  • Can your office help with choosing a major?
    Students can meet individually with a staff professional to discuss potential majors and careers of interest. We can help students explore and narrow career options. The Office of Polar Careers and the Counseling Center partner to offer a variety of assessment tools that provide helpful information to identify skills, interests and values and how these relate to specific careers. We work toward helping students make the most of their time and knowledge in making informed academic decisions.
  • What types of opportunities are available to students once they graduate?
    Polar Careers staff members work with a wide array of employers for internships and full-time job opportunities.  To learn more about what our recent graduates are doing, review our Placement Assessment Report at P:\Polar Careers Reporting\University Placement Reports .
  • What should students do to prepare for successful futures?
    The exact details vary depending on your student's major and long-term career goals, but ultimately all students should complete internships during their sophomore or junior years. Based on a recent NACE study, 70 percent of full-time hires come from employers’ internship pools.  Students can also benefit from other experiential education activities such as volunteering, being active in student organizations, or gaining research experience to help them gain skills and build their resumes.
  • How can students find internships, co-ops or full-time job opportunities? 
    Polar Careers offers presentations, individual advising, career fairs and networking to help students explore potential opportunities and learn the skills necessary to compete for these opportunities. All students have access to Polar Careers powered by Symplicity , our online career management database that contains information about employers, recruiters and jobs.
  • Do you offer assistance to students interested in graduate school?
    Yes, we offer a presentation each semester on strategies for seeking graduate or professional school. We also extend individual assistance to help students identify the resources available for exploring graduate programs and deciding whether graduate school is the right fit.

partnering with polar careers

Encourage students to take full advantage of our services and programs by:

  • Attending career-sponsored programs
  • Visiting our website
  • Dropping in with quick questions
  • Scheduling an individual appointment with the career staff

Advertise career programs  in your classes as a way to encourage students to attend.

Serve as a reference  for students and alumni.

Invite the career staff to your classes to lead presentations  designed to introduce students to strategic career search topics for seeking internships, co-ops, professional employment, and graduate or professional schools. A list of topics, known collectively as the "Emerging Professional Series" or EPS, encompasses these subjects and can be found near the bottom of the page  here . To schedule a class presentation, please call 419-772-2145.

Send us relevant information about full-time, part-time, permanent and temporary positions.  Job announcements can be submitted via email to .

Keep us informed about the post-graduate plans of your graduating student advisees.  This helps in preparing the university's annual Placement Assessment Report. Information can be provided to Anne Niese,, 419-772-2760.

career development/decision-making Resources

As faculty, staff and administrators, there are several ways you can encourage students to use the services of the Polar Careers office . Students' experience in the field during their first semester of their first year creates a natural progression for utilization of career services and resources. Listed below are resources for supporting them:

Career Choice resources provide direction for new and transitioning students struggling with major and career choices. They include:

  • Bear Career Tracks College Planner – a general college planner checklist of tasks that corresponds with each year of the student’s college career. (Attached below.)
  • CareerShift is a job meta-search engine that searches all public websites (employer and other job boards) for current jobs based on keywords, job type and geographic location. This service is purchased by Polar Careers for all members of the ONU community to use with their ONU email addresses. Students access this resource through Polar Careers powered by Symplicity . Use it as a tool to help students understand the education, knowledge and skills required for jobs in their career fields as well as to learn more about the employers that will need their talents.
  • O’NET is an online database and is the nation’s primary resource of occupational information. It also provides the basis for their Career Exploration Tools, a set of assessment instruments for those looking to find or change careers. This public site is a free resource.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook Online is a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide the majority of jobs in the US. Each occupational profile describes the duties required by the occupation, the work environment of that occupation, the typical education and training needed to enter the occupation, the median pay for workers in the occupation, and the job outlook into the next 10 years for that occupation.
  • The ONU Counseling Center offers additional career counseling resources and services, which are outlined here .
  • What is Your Career Confidence? (NACE)

Graduate School Resources:

Evidence-Based Resume Review Standards for Faculty Use  - Linked at the bottom of this page, this handout provides you an up-to-date guide for reviewing students' resumes.

Video Mock Interviews are available to students online through Polar Careers powered by Symplicity. Results can be sent by students to you via a hyperlink for your review. Encourage or require students to complete an interview as a part of an assignment or for extra credit.

Salary Calculator – The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has for decades gathered salary data from graduates across the country including ONU’s. Available now is the NACE Salary Calculator Online to assist you and students in determining salary expectations. (Enter as a Job Seeker.)

Resources for YOUR Students/ALUMNI

The following are resources marketed to students and alumni by the Office of Polar Careers. Additional resources are linked to the website.

Four On-Campus Career Fairs a Year and Additional Off-Campus Career Events provide students with opportunities to practice networking, explore various work environments and how they may apply their skills, and gain opportunities for interviews. Learn more here.

  • Free Business Cards – approximately 20 business cards for use at career events
  • Free Professional Headshots – during each fair, participants are provided a portrait-style picture to use professionally and in LinkedIn, compliments of ONU's Office of Communications and Marketing.

Online Resources:

Polar Careers powered by Symplicity  is an online database that brings students and alumni together with employer-recruiters and their jobs posted with ONU. It includes features like:

  • Student resume books for recruiters
  • Contact information for approximately 4,000 recruiters
  • Job-search agent to simplify job searching
  • Video-taped mock interviewing from your desktop
  • Document library of electronic handouts on a variety of career-related topics\

CareerShift  is a meta-search engine that allows students to search, select and store job postings from all job boards and corporate websites. It includes features such as:

  • No job listed is more than 30 days old
  • Jobs are searched first by keyword and then geographic location, job type and number of days posted
  • Find and store contact information for multiple employees of employer organizations for networking
  • Set up search agent to simplify job searching

Students access CareerShift by logging into Polar Careers.

Free Resume Generator for Internship and Entry-Level Jobs  through  - this resume generator helps students create their first college resumes. is a community service created by HR Policy Association  and supported by its member companies through HR Policy Foundation. It is a service and resource designed specifically for entry-level job-seekers looking for honest and reliable career advice to support their path to employment. Every answer on Jobipedia is written by a professional currently employed to hire and recruit at a Jobipedia contributing company ( See contributors here). All the advice and answers provided on the site are from an expert who meets and interviews prospective hires on a regular basis.

Emerging Professional Series  – best practices in career search and development presentations for professional organizations, residence halls programming and the classroom. A list of presentations is available on the website.

Document Critiques  (resumes, curriculum vitae, correspondence, graduate school Statements, portfolios).

Career Advisory Services  – one-on-one appointments with students and alumni to meet their specific career search needs.

Student Employment  – students seeking on-campus employment begin the application process with the Polar Careers office. The employment process for students and hiring managers is explained here.


The Polar Careers calendar of career fairs and pre-scheduled Emerging Professional Series presentations can be found under Events and Programs\ Calendar.

about references and recommendations

Academic References – Faculty are often asked to provide academic references for students and alumni applying for graduate or professional school. In doing so, it is highly recommended you use ONU’s Reference Form. You will find it linked here as well as on this page of the Registrar’s website.

Legal Q&A: Can a career center prescreen candidates for an employer? Can faculty prescreen for an employer?

Employment Recommendations Resources:


University-wide resources regarding student employment are being linked here for your convenience. 

University Placement Assessment Reports

These are the University’s official reports of success for each graduating class. Reports are generated three times per year: at commencement as well as post-commencement, in August and in November for the most-recent graduating class. Historical reports also are available for previous classes. All faculty, staff and administrators can access them at p:\Polar Careers Reporting\University Placement Reports. A snapshot of the most-recent years’ historical data is available here.

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polar careers staff

2ND FLOOR MCINTOSH CENTER | Go through the Orange Door to the 2nd Floor!
OFFICE: 419.772.2145 | EMAIL: | FAX: 419.772.2007

Justin F. Courtney
Director of Residence Life and Interim Director of Polar Careers
Residence Life Contacts:  419.772.2401 (office) | 419.772.2430 (central office) | 419.516.3548 (cell) | 

Nancy S. Sheely
Polar Careers Specialist (part-time)
Contacts: 419.772.2147 (office) | 419.296.8857 (cell) |

Deb Berg-Simon
Temporary Employer Relations Manager (part-time)
Contacts: 419.772.3050 (office) |

Anne Niese
Senior Polar Careers Specialist
Contacts: 419.772.2760 |

Polar Careers Assistants (PCAs) are paraprofessional members of the Office of Polar Careers.  These students are selectively chosen each year to work closely with the professional and support staff members in creating and delivering targeted career-related assistance to undergraduate students.

Alexandria Lacombe, Pharmacy '19
Catherine Meininger, Pharmacy, '18
Courtney Adelman, Biology '19
Jason Lucas, Exercise Physiology, '18
Joey Stomps, Mathematics, '18
Rosie Nagy, Pharmacy, '21

Polar Careers

Anne Niese

Fax: 419-772-2007
McIntosh: Room 220
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed