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I’m planning for life after I graduate.
I’d like some help with finalizing my post-college plans.

Prepare for your post-college career

It’s time to finalize your post-graduation plans. With the support of NIU Career Services, use the qualifications and career planning skills you’ve been acquiring to create the career that you want.

Start early. Growing numbers of employers hire spring graduates in the fall of their senior year. Also, employers are often interested in meeting students who have completed internships. If you haven’t completed an internship or a similar experience, consult with Career Services soon.

If you’re applying to graduate or professional school, plan early so that you have time to narrow your choices, prepare applications and meet admission deadlines.

Important Career Planning Strategies

  • Update your resume and visit the Career Resource Center for a resume review. Make sure that all of your application documents (resumes, cover letters, job applications or admission essays for graduate school) demonstrate the connections between your qualifications and the career opportunity you’re pursuing.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and take advantage of its networking features to meet NIU alumni and industry professionals. Contact Career Services at 815-753-1642 to learn more about LinkedIn training.
  • Identify a combination of three to five professors, advisors and supervisors who know your work and will provide references or letters of recommendation. Keep your references updated about your career plans and always ask permission before listing them on a reference page or job application.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with employers about your strengths, qualifications and what you’ve gained from your NIU degree. Consider meeting with a career counselor, participating in Practice Interview Week and attending career fairs/events to develop this skill.
  • Apply for jobs through Huskies Get Hired and meet with a career counselor to customize your job search strategy.

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Career Services
220 Campus Life Building
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