When you think about careers or employment and find yourself saying things like:
- “I don’t know what I want to do…,”
- “I don’t know where to go to find…,”
- “I don’t know how to get…,” or
- “I’m confused about…”
You do not have to struggle on your own. There are online tools and resources, as well as subject matter experts to help you figure things out. No one is born knowing how careers evolve, how to find jobs or how to decide about going on to pursue a more advanced program in graduate or professional school. Chances are, you were not taught this information in high school either.
The Career Center is dedicated to ensuring that you are educated about careers, guided in exploring your options and taught skills of career management and how to effectively search for internships and jobs. We are also able to help you decide on a career path that might extend your academic career through graduate/professional school or for fellowships.
Career Advising can help you to identify your professional identity within your chosen field of study as well as help you to discover how you can transfer your skills and pivot from one field to another. We can help you with how to find and apply for internships, co-ops and jobs, as well as help you to build your professional network.
There might be times during your years at Purdue Northwest when career advising just doesn’t seem like enough. Career advising tends to be tactical and strategic, addressing issues such as “How could my resume be stronger?” “How do I conduct myself in an interview?” “How can I position myself as a solid candidate for an internship or co-op?” Career counseling, on the other hand, digs a bit deeper. While career counseling may address the tactical issues as well, career counselors primarily focus on you and the broad range of career concerns you might have.
Career counseling is a process that aids individuals in learning and understanding information about themselves and the world of work to make informed career, educational, and life decisions with focus of the worker role and how that role interacts with other life roles. This may include, but is not limited to, exploration, a career change, personal career development, and other career-related issues. The goal of career counseling is not only to help you make the decisions you need to make now, but to give you the knowledge and skills you need to make future career and life decisions.
Career counseling is not a quick fix to your problems, nor is it a crystal ball into your future. Career counselors don’t take the place of your academic advisors. You’ll need to meet with your academic advisors for guidance in planning your coursework and ultimately choosing or changing your major, though career counselors definitely can help you explore your decision-making process around majors. Instead, a career counselor is someone you can feel free to speak openly with about your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and fears about your career and educational choices.
Currently enrolled, degree-seeking students are eligible for career counseling services at no cost. Trained staff in the Career Center will work with students on self-assessment and exploration during the decision-making process. Students can contact the Career Center to schedule an appointment or through the appointments module in Handshake.
The services through the Career Center as a lifetime benefit. Trained staff in the Career Center work with alumni on self-assessment and exploration, similar to students.
Alumni might seek career counseling services if they have experienced the loss of a job or want to make a career change.
Alumni who wish to undergo an assessment during career counseling will be charged a fee for the assessment. There is no charge for career counseling sessions.
Alumni can contact the Career Center by phone on either campus to inquire about scheduling an appointment to see a trained staff member. All appointments for students and alumni are scheduled through the appointment module in Handshake.
Individuals who are currently enrolled in high school are also eligible for career counseling services conducted by the Career Center. The cost for services is highlighted below:
- Initial Intake Interview: $100
- 50-Minute Session: $75
It is at the discretion of the Career Center staff to determine whether or not a pre-college student is in need of an assessment. We understand that at times answers can be derived by talking things out or by identifying characteristics about the self and how they play a role in a career.
Contact the Career Center to schedule your appointment for Career Counseling today by phone at
219-989-2600 (Hammond Campus) or at 219-785-5451 (Westville Campus)
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