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Career and Calling

Spring 2022 Commencement exercises at Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita reports 99% placement rate for 2022 grads

February 07, 2023

Ouachita Baptist University reported that 99% of its 2022 graduates are employed or furthering their education, repeating a career outcomes rate that exceeds the national average and reflects the university’s sustained momentum in equipping students for postgraduate success.

Students at Ouachita can get career help from faculty mentors

5 tips to make acquiring career experience less overwhelming

January 25, 2023

Whether you are a senior in high school or about to graduate from college, it is never a bad idea to gain job experience. Most professional careers require employees to have some – if not significant – experience in their chosen field in order to be hired.

2020 graduate walks across stage to accept diploma

Ouachita reports 97% career outcomes rate for graduates in the midst of the pandemic

February 11, 2021

Ouachita Baptist University announced a 97% career outcomes rate for its 2020 graduating class, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The percentage exceeds this year’s national average of 86% reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Madison at the bluff

When I grow up: How my passions inspired me to study political science

January 21, 2020

What do you want to be when you grow up? The question we have all been asked. As a child, this question allows you to dream. You could be a rock star, an astronaut or maybe even the president of the United States! When you are asked this question going into college, the reality may be very different.

President Ben Sells shakes student's hand at graduation

Ouachita reports second consecutive 99% career outcomes rate for graduates

January 10, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University reported yet another graduating class found success in their post-graduate pursuits as 99% of the 2019 graduating class currently is employed or furthering their education. The number also exceeds the most recent national average of 93% for colleges and universities.

Mason Woolbright

From the "Ouachitonian": Mason Woolbright

December 09, 2019

Most people do not realize their calling until later in life, but for Mason Woolbright, a sophomore business administration major from Benton, his career path was clear from an early age.

Alumni talking

7 tips for networking the Ouachita way

June 25, 2019

Working the Ouachita network, it’s a real need. But it’s overwhelming and daunting and provides the potential for lots of awkward moments. You know, the ones like you have with crazy Uncle Ted across the Thanksgiving table, where you have enough in common to strike up a conversation (thank you liberal arts education!) but not enough to have many over assumptions playing out with every word you state.

Faculty and student talking

Honest to goodness: Faculty & staff explore meaningful work

May 15, 2019

This year, I was appointed to lead an initiative on the mission of faculty and staff to guide students toward “lives of meaningful work.” It started off like a bad round of Jeopardy. At first, I thought the answer I was seeking was “What is meaningful work?” By April, however, the question had become more specific. At Ouachita, we aren’t talking about any or all work. The heart of our work at Ouachita is studying. So the question for us Ouachitonians is “What makes academic work meaningful?”

Meaningful work bee hive

Distinguishing between calling and career for a life of meaningful work

May 15, 2019

Every semester I pass on to my Spiritual Formation classes an important distinction that has helped me think about meaningful work. These are usually first- and second-year students with a lot of questions. So, I add more questions to the pile. I begin by asking them things like, “Why did you come to college anyway?” or “Did you come to college just to make more money with a better job?”

Young professional works on computer

First job advice for anyone imperfect

May 08, 2019

Yes, it’s true, there is no other place in the world like Ouachita. In fact, your next adventure probably won’t feel familiar at all to anything you’ve experienced these past four (or more) years. The good news is that your cherished memories will stick with you forever, and the greatness ahead will all be worth it.