Career Resources for BIPOC Population

The PNW Career Center embraces and celebrates the diverse community of students and alumni that embodies Purdue University Northwest. Realizing that not everyone has equal access to career-related opportunities and professional networks, we are committed to providing services and resources that are designed to help you reach your career goals in an environment where all are welcomed, respected, and supported, regardless of your personal identity and background.

We invite you to explore this page to discover resources curated with our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) population in mind.

Have career questions specific to your personal journey and concerns? We encourage you to meet with a Career Center team member for career advising to develop a plan of action tailored to your individual needs.

PNW Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources and Policies

The entrance to PNW Westville is pictured and provides student and career resources for veterans.The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is committed to ensuring that the entire Purdue University Northwest community receives equitable treatment and equal access to resources and opportunities.

To learn more about Purdue University Northwest’s policies and practices please visit here.

Job Search Considerations

Much research has been done that shows being a person of color (BIPOC) can impact your job search. Some studies tell us that there could be up to a 50% difference in interviews offered to non-BIPOC vs BIPOC students. This means it is crucial to make sure your application materials are in stellar shape so that you are a strong competitor in an already tough job market. Some tips to help you succeed and increase your chances of landing an interview:

  • Highlight your Career Readiness Competencies by developing and strengthening your skills in the areas most valued by employers. Use the Online Career Center to gain more insight regarding this area.
  • Increase the number of job applications. In a stable economy, it takes on average 6-9 months to secure employment. Every application will not result in an interview, and every interview will not result in a job offer. Give yourself a fair shot by making time to dedicate attention to your job search and apply, apply, apply!
  • Make yourself stand out among the competition. Internships, academic projects, volunteer work, professional organizations in addition to good grades will make your resume more robust and make you a more attractive candidate. Get involved and highlight these achievements on your résumé and during the interview process in order to show that you are a top candidate.
  • Own your identity and make it work for you by showing companies that your diversity and unique background will be an asset. Get involved with affinity groups and professional organizations to foster your skills and abilities that will in turn prove valuable to potential employers.

Job Search Resources

Professional Organizations & Resources

PNW Student Organizations:

Visit student life organizations for a list of professional student organizations that fit your interests and background. Student organizations are a great way to connect with your peers and offer endless professional development opportunities.