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Advice and resources for resume writing, career advice, job searching and interviewing. Some information contained in the guide is from NU Career Services.
Last Updated: Jun 5, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Plan Ahead


The career development process is lifelong but choices made during your college years are essential in setting the foundation for future professional options. There are two major things to consider:

  • On-going self-discovery 
  • Current and future work environment


Deciding on a career is a proactive process that takes time. A decision will not appear out of thin air. You must be self-reflective and challenge any myths that you have about careers. Be open to new ideas and research all careers within a particular industry. Experiment with student interest groups to learn more about different career options.



Do not let external influences such as friends, parents, gender or socioeconomic status determine your career choice.

Career Assessment and Planning

Some basic steps in deciding what to do with your life:


Career Self-Assessment & Planning

Examine your interests, skills, values and personality.


Internship Preparation and Search

Identify your learning objectives, needs and readiness for taking part in internships.


Graduate/Professional School Preparation and Application

Understand your personal needs, motivation and priorities for graduate study.


Actual Job Search

Re-examine your interests, personality, skills and values.




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