A long term plan to get the career you want!

Where will you be when you graduate from NLU? 

Begin taking steps now to reach your goals. It's never too early (or too late) to start. But—the earlier you start, the easier it will be to prepare! 

Develop the habit of connecting with the Career Development Office on a regular basis. 

Here's a timeline to guide your progress:

A four year plan for new college freshmen

Year One: Know Yourself

  • Use Career Beam to take assessments to build a personalized career profile.
  • Join a club or organization to learn more about your major. Work towards a leadership role.
  • Build your own personalized 4 Year Plan complete with personal milestones like internships and other learning opportunities.
  • Sign up for the weekly Career Opportunities newsletter for information about upcoming professional opportunities and helpful career advice.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and continually update it as you gain experience.

Year Two: Explore Your Options

  • Research career options using tools like the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*net.
  • Meet one-on-one with a career advisor to match your interests, skills, values, and personality with jobs and career paths. Then, work with your advisor to narrow your options down.
  • Job shadow and/or conduct mock interviews with professionals in order to gain insight on different career possibilities.
  • Use LinkedIn to research professionals in your chosen career path. Pay close attention to their experiences, education, and skills.  

Year Three: Gain Knowledge and Experience

  • Take on a part-time job, internship, or volunteer position to gain hands-on experience in your chosen field. If you’re still exploring several different options, complete a short-term internship in each to determine which you like best.
  • Join at least one professional association or honorary organization related to your major to build contacts with people in the professional world.
  • Considering graduate school? Research the application process and any graduate entrance exams you need to complete.

Year Four: Make a Career Decision

  • Your career advisor can guide your through the decision-making process so that you graduate from NLU with a plan for career success.
  • Submit your resume to HIRE NLU for a review and begin searching and applying for full-time jobs.
  • Attend career fairs to apply for jobs and network with future employers. NLU hosts 3 job fairs for students and alumni throughout the academic year.
  • Begin collecting professional references and recommendations from previous and current employers, internship supervisors, and/or professors.
  • Polish your interviewing skills by scheduling a mock interview with a career advisor.  
  • Follow up on all applications and send thank you notes following all interviews. 
  • Attending graduate school? Take entrance exams and submit applications.

Alumni:

  • Full access to one-on-one appointments with career advisors at the Chicago, Lisle, Wheeling campuses as well as over the phone – at no additional cost – for a lifetime
  • Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn reviews
  • Lifetime access to Hire NLU (the online job board)
  • Lifetime access to CareerBeam (the online job search coach)
  • Free admittance to all NLU job fairs

A Two Year Plan for Transfer Students

Year One: Know Yourself and Explore Your Options

  • Use Career Beam to take assessments to build a personalized career profile.
  • Join a club or organization to learn more about your major. Work towards a leadership role.
  • Build your own personalized 2 Year Plan complete with personal milestones like internships and other learning opportunities.
  • Sign up for the weekly Career Opportunities newsletter for information about upcoming professional opportunities and helpful career advice.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and continually update it as you gain experience.
  • Research career options using tools like the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*net.
  • Meet one-on-one with a career advisor to match your interests, skills, values, and personality with jobs and career paths. Then, work with your advisor to narrow your options down.
  • Job shadow and/or conduct mock interviews with professionals in order to gain insight on different career possibilities.
  • Use LinkedIn to research professionals in your chosen career path. Pay close attention to their experiences, education, and skills. 
  • Considering graduate school?  Research the application process and any graduate entrance exams you need to complete.

Year Two: Gain Knowledge and experience and make a career decision

  • Take on a part-time job, internship, or volunteer position to gain hands-on experience in your chosen field. If you’re still exploring several different options, complete a short-term internship in each to determine which you like best.
  • Join at least one professional association or honorary organization related to your major to build contacts with people in the professional world.
  • Your career advisor can guide your through the decision-making process so that you graduate from NLU with a plan for career success.
  • Submit your resume to HIRE NLU for a review and begin searching and applying for full-time jobs.
  • Attend career fairs to apply for jobs and network with future employers. NLU hosts 3 job fairs for students and alumni throughout the academic year.
  • Begin collecting professional references and recommendations from previous and current employers, internship supervisors, and/or professors.
  • Polish your interviewing skills by scheduling a mock interview with a career advisor.  
  • Follow up on all applications and send thank you notes following all interviews. 
  • Attending graduate school? Take entrance exams and submit applications.

Alumni:

  • Full access to one-on-one appointments with career advisors at the Chicago, Lisle, Wheeling campuses as well as over the phone – at no additional cost – for a lifetime
  • Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn reviews
  • Lifetime access to Hire NLU (the online job board)
  • Lifetime access to CareerBeam (the online job search coach)
  • Free admittance to all NLU job fairs

TWO YEAR PLAN FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

Year One: Know Yourself & Explore Your Options

  • Use Career Beam to take assessments to build a personalized career profile.
  • Participate in online webinars. Tune into Building your Professional Brand with LinkedIn webinar on Tuesday, April 4th at 6pm (90 minutes long). RSVP at 312.216.3720 or careerdevelopment@nl.edu.
  • Build your own personalized 2 Year Plan complete with personal milestones like internships and other learning opportunities.
  • Sign up for the weekly Career Opportunities newsletter for information about upcoming professional opportunities and helpful career advice.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and continually update it as you gain experience. Join groups and professional organizations to network and get to know people in your field.
  • Use LinkedIn to research professionals in your chosen career path. Pay close attention to their experiences, education, and skills. 
  • Research career options using tools like the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*net.
  • Meet one-on-one with a career advisor via phone, Zoom, or Skype to match your interests, skills, values, and personality with jobs and career paths. Then, work with your advisor to narrow your options down.
  • Job shadow and/or conduct mock interviews with professionals in order to gain insight on different career possibilities.
  • Considering graduate school? Research the application process and any graduate entrance exams you need to complete.

Year Two: Gain Knowledge & Experience, and Make a Career Decision

  • Take on a part-time job, internship, or volunteer position to gain hands-on experience in your chosen field. If you’re still exploring several different options, complete a short-term internship in each to determine which you like best.
  • Join at least one professional association related to your major to build contacts with people in the professional world.
  • Your career advisor can guide your through the decision-making process so that you graduate from NLU with a plan for career success.
  • Submit your resume to HIRE NLU for a review and begin searching and applying for full-time jobs.
  • Attend career fairs to apply for jobs and network with future employers. NLU hosts 3 job fairs for students and alumni throughout the academic year. If you can’t make it to campus, be sure to google local career fairs in your area.
  • Begin collecting professional references and recommendations from previous and current employers, internship supervisors, and/or professors.
  • Polish your interviewing skills by scheduling a mock interview with a career advisor via Phone, Zoom, or Skype. Also, use the interview practice tool in Career Beam for additional practice. It can be found by signing in to the NLU portal, then clicking on CareerBeam, then copying and pasting the following link into CareerBeam: https://cb.careersearch.net/client/2011/tools/interview/videopractice
  • Follow up on all applications and send thank you notes following all interviews. 
  • Attending graduate school? Take entrance exams and submit applications.

Alumni

  • Full access to one-on-one appointments with career advisors at the Chicago, Lisle, Wheeling campuses as well as over the phone – at no additional cost – for a lifetime
  • Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn reviews
  • Lifetime access to Hire NLU (the online job board)
  • Lifetime access to CareerBeam (the online job search coach)
  • Free admittance to all NLU job fairs

 

 

Contact CDO!

Nl.edu/careerdevelopment

CareerDevelopment@nl.edu

312.261.3270


 

 

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  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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