The services that the Career Center offers are no-cost and unlimited for degree-seeking students. Click on a link below to find out more information about each topic.
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The Career Center has a mentor program, Pride Professionals in Training, designed for alumni to connect with students and serve as mentors in a variety of career-related subjects. Companies which attend our various career events also send alumni to help aid a connection whenever possible.
Alumni also may choose to participate in any of our panel workshops to discuss a variety of topics, including their personal career journey and what a day in the life of the industry they work in is like.
Our staff can help students through career advising appointments in the following areas:
- Mock interviews / interview preparation
- Job & internship strategies
- Graduate school interview preparation
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Developing a personal statement
- Creating a career plan
- Adapting résumés to CVs
Trained staff can help students gain clarity and obtain answers to their career-related dilemmas through career counseling services. Some of the activities in career counseling include:
- Skill development
- Conducting occupational research
- Job shadows / informational interviews
- Goal setting
- Self & career exploration through conversation and outside research
- Self-directed searches
- Decision-making based off of research
- Identifying factors that influence one’s career development to assess interests, abilities, and values
Drop-In Career Advising
Students and alumni can get one-on-one assistance on a small variety of topics through our drop-in services. No appointment is needed, and it is a chance for students to receive feedback on their resume or cover letter before applying to internships or jobs, or even before going to a career-related event.
Services that are offered during Drop-In Career Advising hours are:
- Résumé / Cover Letter / CV feedback
- Internship & Job search strategies
- Navigating Handshake
- Information on On-Campus Student Employment
Drop-In Career Advising services for both the Westville and Hammond campuses are Mondays through Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Career Center serves as a bridge from college life to the world of work for its students & alumni, and, as a part of this goal, it is our mission to facilitate the connections between employers and students that lead to successful outcomes and satisfying futures.
We encourage and promote employer engagement through the following outlets:
- Career expos (fairs)
- Company information sessions
- Application days
- On-campus interviews
- Employer-led, career-related / industry panels
- Industry-related networking nights & meet-ups
- Company table recruitment on campus
- Employer-led career preparation & readiness workshops
- Career-related focus groups
- Company site visits & field trips
Students can find information about these types of events and engagement by checking their student e-mail, looking at the events list in Handshake, and by viewing a list of our events on the Career Events page.
Handshake is a cutting edge job posting system that allows students and alumni to take advantage of Purdue University Northwest’s reputation and vast network of industry connections. Students are five (5) times more likely to be hired by employers through Handshake than any other job board. This innovative platform provides students with advanced online tools that are available on all devices, including mobile technology. Only actively enrolled, degree-seeking students and alumni have access to our exclusive network. Users of this system will be provided with:
- Access to 100% of the Fortune 500 companies recruit via the system
- Relevant feed of job and internship opportunities, including on campus employment
- News feeds containing the latest information from the Career Center and favorite employers students choose to “follow”
- Resources that specifically match interests
- Appointment scheduling with select Career Center staff
- Continuous connection to valuable events such as career fairs and on campus interviews
Students already have an account with the Handshake system; it just needs to be activated. Students can get instructions on how to gain access by going to our Handshake page.
The Career Center offers interview preparation and practice for students and alumni. This can be done through a one-on-one, in person interview with live feedback from a staff member, or, students can use InterviewStream to record their interview and schedule an appointment to get in person feedback based off of that recorded interview.
This system allows students to pick from interviews that have been tailored by academic major and interview types.
InterviewStream provides students with the ability to re-record responses to questions, to learn how many filler words they use in an interview, and to receive online feedback from a department staff member on how to improve interviewing skills.
There is also a function that allows for tailored interviews to be offered in an academic course taught by a faculty member. Contact the Career Center for more information on how this can be used in the classroom.
First Destination (Graduate Outcomes) Survey
Each semester the Career Center is tasked with collecting data on the graduating class’ plans after graduation. We follow standards and protocols created by the National Association for Colleges and Employers when collecting, reporting, and sharing the data. Once completed, the outcomes get posted to our website to be shared with all stakeholders of the University.
Faculty and staff can help the Career Center obtain outcomes by using the Report-a-Hire link when they learn of a student’s outcome. Though we make many efforts to engage with students to obtain their outcomes, we gain a lot of our responses through faculty and academic advisor collaboration.
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