DePaul Career Center January Programming

Happy New Year! Just as before, the DePaul Career Center is here to help you have a successful and productive year.  

We are excited to share our January 2021 programming schedule below! These regularly scheduled virtual events and workshops will help you stay on top of your career goals, gain new skills and navigate the ever-changing job market.

Our career advisors are also available remotely for one-on-one appointments and tailored advice.

Jan 145 Free Online Certificates

Jan 22: Public Speaking for Scientists

Jan 29: Designing High Impact Presentations

Jan 19: Mapping Your Career Options

Jan 26: Tailoring Your Resume and Cover Letter

Jan 26: Alumni Masterclass: Planning A Pivot

Jan 20: Hospitality

Jan 28: Research Biologist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jan 29: Foreign Service Officer

Jan 26: Winter Meet the Firms 

Jan 27: Student Teacher Resume Workshop

Jan 29: 2021 Hospitality Virtual Career Fair

AI vs Humans: The Future World of Work

It has been projected that most of the routine tasks that we see today will be assigned to machines and algorithms in the near future. In fact, some argue that the future is already here – machines are hard at work as I type this now. Researchers Ratcheva and Leopold profiled a range of industries and predict that, by 2022, 42% (a 45% increase) will be performed by machines and algorithms.

To remain competitive in this dynamic market, we must make strategic decisions as we make academic progress. According to EAB, below are the top ten emerging jobs by 2022:

  1. Data Analysts and Scientists
  2. AI and Machine Learning Specialists
  3. General and Operations Managers
  4. Software and Applications Developers and Analysts
  5. Sales and Marketing Professionals
  6. Big Data Specialists
  7. Digital Transformation Specialists
  8. New Technology Specialists
  9. Organizational Development Specialists
  10. Information Technology Services

It is also interesting to note that the skills needed to match these jobs are changing too, it is leaning towards a mixture of both ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills. An appreciable level of technical expertise and a willingness to learn more on the job. Analytical thinking, innovation, active learning and complex problem solving are some of the skills that most employers will be looking out for.

At the Career Center, we can help you define your skill set in these key business areas and help you stand out in an increasingly competitive job market.

Schedule a one-on-one session on Handshake today!

Fraudulent Employer Red Flags

When searching for a job or internship, a too-good-to-be-true offer might be just that. Scammers are posing as potential employers in order to solicit personal or financial information from DePaul students and alumni. There are ways to recognize and avoid these scams. Any of the following can be red flags that an employment opportunity might be fraudulent.

Financial Flags:

  • You are asked for your financial information (bank account/credit card numbers)
  • You are asked to provide your social security or driver’s license numbers
  • You are asked to invest money in the business or company to get the position
  • You are offered a large deposit of money to your bank account
  • The first year’s salary is much higher than it should be for the role
  • The focus of the posting or the interview is the amount of money to be made, not the job responsibilities

Unusual Business Practices:

  • The email handle for the contact does not match the company they claim to work for
  • The email handle for the contact is an @gmail, @yahoo, @live, or any other non-company specific host
  • You receive information about the job from an unsolicited email, not specifically directed to you
  • The website for the company or business is very basic and contains little information
  • The job posting or email contains multiple grammar or spelling errors
  • The company or business is not present on social media 
  • You look up the company phone number or email address, but it doesn’t seem to be affiliated with a business

If you feel uncomfortable or are unsure about certain organizations or individuals claiming to represent an employer, talk to the Career Center. If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, contact local police, public safety, and the Career Center. You can also use the Better Business Bureau, Hoovers, and Anywho to verify organizations.

DePaul to Survey Alumni on the Impact of Degree

National Alumni Career Mobility survey launches to 2010 and 2015 Alumni

DePaul University has partnered with the Career Leadership Collective, a higher education solutions group, to participate in a national online career survey to collect career pathway data from our alumni. This data will be used to help our institution better understand the professional pathways of our graduates, examine how DePaul influences success, and prepare current and future Blue Demons for continued and improved career success. This is different from our First Destination Survey, which captures employment information at the time of and six months after graduation.

The National Alumni Career Mobility (NACM) survey will be open from November through December 2020 to gather career satisfaction data and insights from DePaul alumni who completed their bachelor’s degrees in calendar years 2010 and 2015.  

If you are a 2010 or 2015 bachelor’s degree graduate, keep an eye on your inbox for your personal invitation to complete your NACM survey, or follow this link to complete the survey right now!

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Karyn McCoy,, assistant vice president, Career Center. 

About the Career Leadership Collective: 

The Career Leadership Collective is a higher education solutions group that provides advisory and data services to assist campuses in building capacity around career development effectiveness. The National Alumni Career Mobility survey is their signature survey.

How I Got This Job: Torin Grogan ’18

By: Sabrina Salvador, Health Care & Science Career Community Ambassador

On Thursday, October 15, the Health Care & Science Career Community team sat down with DePaul students to learn about the educational and career journey of DePaul alum, Torin Grogan (Class of 2018). From a Health Sciences major on a pre-med track to a Rehab Clinical Assistant aspiring to become a physical therapist, Torin shared his story of getting involved in mentoring, leadership, and research opportunities while at DePaul and clinical experiences afterwards. In this event, he highlighted his experiences of exploring a variety of clinical health professions which allowed him to discover his own career passions and goals.

Check out the video below for the full event!

Torin’s career pivot from doctor to physical therapist:

During my gap year I realized my heart wasn’t in the right place for medical school. I slowly started asking myself, “Do I really want to be a doctor? Do I really want this to be the rest of my life?” Then, something clicked right before I submitted my medical school applications. I did not want to go to medical school anymore, but I had to think, “What are my options? What am I going to do?” At this point, I had a job as a Rehab Clinical Assistant at Lurie Children’s Hospital. This is what I’m currently doing now. I remember working one day with other physical therapists in the room and they asked, “Torin, why do you want to be a doctor?” I told them my story, then the manager of the PT Department laughed in the background and said, “Torin, it sounds like you want to be a PT!” And everyone echoed, “Yeah, it sounds like you want to be a PT! Everything you described is what a PT is!” Then I started researching what a PT was, and I started job shadowing PTs. I absolutely fell in love with what PTs were. 

Encouraging career exploration for pre-health students:

Explore all of your options before committing to something that you don’t fully understand. For example, most pre-med students commit their freshman year to becoming a doctor before shadowing, working in a clinic, or understanding what being a doctor really is. I would say do your research and explore all of your options first by shadowing different positions, watching videos, etc. I formed my identity around becoming a doctor, and once I gave that up I thought, “Who am I?” It was a weird transition, but it’s okay to change. I’m still young, and I have time to figure it out. Don’t be in a rush just to figure it out. It’s okay to pivot and change directions, but do your research and really figure out, “Is this something you can do every single day for your life? Is this your true passion? What’s important to you?”

Advice on following your passions and achieving your goals:

Do what you’re passionate about. If you enjoy something, do it and get those experiences. Own what you like to do! Follow your passions! Take every opportunity you can find at DePaul. There are so many opportunities at DePaul and you never know what you’re going to fall in love with.

Explore clinical professions in healthcare! Check out these relevant resources:

The Case for Liberal Arts Majors in Tech

As the tech world continues with its explosive growth, and the popularity of majoring in STEM rises, liberal arts majors don’t always realize how valuable their research, communication, and critical thinking skills are to the tech industry. In fact, according to a report from Glassdoor, nearly half of the available jobs at tech companies are non-technical positions. 

Rather than thinking that your degree determines your industry, you should focus on these two things

1. Develop and showcase your soft skills

As a liberal arts major, you have a unique set of skills you have acquired through your learning experience. Think of your critical thinking abilities, communication skills, and facilitation experience. These are not the technical skills that you might associate with the tech industry, but they are still essential. If you are a problem solver, who can effectively cross-collaborate and present a solution, you are a highly desirable candidate. 

2. Focus on career development

Oftentimes, students get so caught up in looking for their first job out of college that they fail to see the big picture that is their career. Developing transferable skills is essential to your career development, as it demonstrates to your employer not only what you are capable of but also that you can be trained.

A study by the Strada Education Network has found that students with liberal arts degrees experience rapid wage growth later in their careers, in their 30s and 40s, after learning how to translate their skills into the technical field. 

Businesses benefit from a diverse workforce, which includes intellectual diversity. Liberal arts majors bring plenty of talent to the table. Explore not what you can do with your degree but with your skills, and you can become a highly desirable applicant within the tech space.

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