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I want to explore career choices and gain workplace skills.
I’d like to connect my major to a career.

It’s time to explore how your major connects to career options. For some majors, the connection seems obvious. For other majors, you’ll want to invest more time to figure out how your classes relate to what you want out of your career. Need assistance with identifying career options for your major? See a career counselor for help with decision-making and to learn how to explain to future employers how your major has helped prepare you for the workplace.

Start acquiring the qualifications that employers and graduate programs will want to see when you apply for internships, jobs and graduate school. It takes time to get these skills and experiences, so don’t wait until graduation is around the corner to get started.

Explore

  • Visit What Can I Do With My Major? to learn how your college major connects to jobs.
  • Talk with relatives, professors, neighbors and recent college graduates about how they chose their careers and found jobs after college. Their success stories will help and inspire you.
  • Look for service learning, leadership or other co-curricular experiences that you can document through Engage PLUS for a possible transcript notation.
  • Pursue career testing/assessment at Career Services to learn how your interests and values connect to different jobs.
  • View internship and job listings on Huskies Get Hired so you can find out what types of jobs interest you.
  • Consider whether graduate school is right for you.

Prepare

  • Write—or update—your resume to help you determine what skills you still need to acquire.
  • Talk with a career counselor about planning an internship search strategy.
  • Go to an internship fair or similar career event to learn what to expect. Start building a collection of professional attire.
  • Participate in leadership experiences.
  • Develop your technology skills by taking free classes at Lynda.com and gather examples of your work by volunteering to help a student organization or other group with technology needs.
  • Learn how employers define career readiness so you’ll know how to be a more competitive candidate for internships and jobs.

Contact Us

Career Services
220 Campus Life Building
815-753-1641
CareerServices@niu.edu
Offices and Hours