How We Can Help You

The Career Center has many new and continuing resources to advise students and alumni along on their career path. Whether that’s finding an internship while in school, looking for your first post-graduation job or going through a career change, check out the ways we can help you!

Career Advising Appointments

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Want expert advice on how to plan and navigate your career? You can schedule a career advising appointment through Handshake. You can choose the appointment category that fits you best—First-Year, Exploring, Career Community, or Pivoting—to see the options and locations available. Appointments can take place in-person or via phone or Zoom and may be available as early as next day! 

Resume & LinkedIn Review

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Looking for a resume or LinkedIn insight? Our Peer Career Coaches provide asynchronous resume or LinkedIn profile reviews for students and recent graduates. Submit your resume in Word or Google Doc format via the link below. A Peer Career Coach will review your resume and provide video feedback. Note: You must use a gmail account or your depaul.edu student account to access the form.

Career Chat

Have a quick question about how to make an appointment? Need help locating a resource? We’re available to chat on our website Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.

Searching for a job or internship?

Handshake is our career platform and employers are posting there every day! 80% of students with updated profiles get contacted by recruiters.

Career Resource Library

Check out our library of over 50 handouts and videos on a wide variety of career topics, ranging from preparing for a video interview to tailoring your resume and cover letter for a specific role. Our most popular handout is Resume Basics!

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK)

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Social distancing doesn’t mean disconnecting! Search for and connect with over 1,500 alumni volunteers for career, academic and life advice on the DePaul ASK network.

Save the Dates

Make sure you stay up to date on the many Career Center events we have scheduled every quarter to give you meaningful tips on preparing for your future and to introduce you to professionals in your field. Save the dates of all the Career Fairs this year and check out Handshake for more events!

Preparing for a Career Fair

With the Fall 2021 Virtual Career Fairs coming up, there’s still plenty of time to prepare to chat with top employers in many different industries! Whether that means figuring out what your Handshake profile still needs, brushing up on your video interview etiquette, or researching the employers you’re most interested in, the Career Center has you covered with helpful tips.

Start off by checking out the lists of employers who are attending the two-day virtual fair that we’ve taken the liberty of categorizing by Career Community. Not part of a Career Community yet? They’re super easy to join and you get access to lots of resources specific to your chosen industry—or industries!

Wednesday

Business Entrepreneurship & Consulting

  • BDO USA LLP
  • Associated Bank
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Morningstar Inc.
  • Interactive Brokers
  • Newell Brands
  • Northern Trust
  • First Midwest Bank
  • U.S. Bank
  • Target

  • City Year
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Peace Corps

Education, Nonprofit & Government

Health Care & Science

  • University of Chicago, Section of Hospitality Management
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Dentsu
  • Shure Incorporated

Media, Communication, Arts & Entertainment

Technology & Design

  • Americaneagle.com
  • Bectran
  • DMC Inc.
  • CURO Financial Technologies
  • Perficient

Thursday

  • First Midwest Bank
  • CIBC
  • Ferrara Candy Company
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • MetLife
  • Marcum LLP
  • Mezars USA LLP
  • Jewel-Osco

Business Entrepreneurship & Consulting

Education, Nonprofit & Government

  • City Year
  • Illinois Tollway
  • U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • University of Chicago, Section of Hospitality Management
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Medline

Health Care & Science

Media, Communication, Arts & Entertainment

  • Dentsu
  • Americaneagle.com
  • AccuLynx
  • Bectran
  • iManage
  • Reveal Data

Technology & Design

Make sure check out this quick guide that will take you through all the steps you should take to prepare and don’t forget to register for both days (Wednesday & Thursday) of the virtual fair!

DePaul Career Center Fall 2021 Programming

We are excited to share our Fall 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.

If you’re unable to attend these virtual events live, feel free to RSVP and we will send you a recording of the presentation and any relevant materials.

September 21: How I Got This Job: Game Design & Development

Join us as we take a deep dive with game designers and developers into their career paths, obstacles they faced in their journey to landing a job and tips for those just starting out!

September 22: Pro-Tips for the Search

Planning a job or internship search? In this workshop, we will introduce you to a 5 step process that will take your search from zero to 60mph!

October 12: Planning for Graduate School

Choosing to pursue a graduate degree (and which one) can be a challenging process! In this workshop, we’ll provide advice about how to choose a program, how to systematize the application process, and funding options, and other tips and tricks!

October 20: Alumni Master Class: Navigating Your Career in the New Normal

In this Alumni Master Class, we will share tips and tricks for navigating your career “post-pandemic.” We’ll discuss pivoting, upskilling, exploring new fields, moving your career forward, and finding meaning in your career.

October 27: Skills Lab: 5 Certificates You Should Know About

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the benefits of online certificates, what kinds of skills are offered through these types of certifications, and we’ll introduce 5 FREE certificates that are in-demand across industries!

November 2: How I Got This Job: Public Defender

Interested in a career in criminal defense? Kathleen McGee has worked for the Lake County Public Defender’s Office for over twenty years, and she is excited to share her experience in roles ranging from capital defense, misdemeanor/felony criminal defense, and representing minor victims of abuse and neglect. She’ll talk about different public law-focused pathways, some of which do not require a JD!

November 10: Skills Lab: Post-Pandemic Upskilling

In the “Post Pandemic Upskilling” Skills Lab, we’ll introduce you to bite-sized strategies for identifying in-demand skills in your industry and tips for how to both grow a skill and add it to your career portfolio!

December 8: Skills Lab: Data Visualization

Did you know that the global data visualization market was valued at USD 2.99 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 5.17 billion by 2026? In the “Data Visualization” Skills Lab, we’ll introduce you to several new tools for creating immediacy and impact using data!

Keep an eye out for additional fall events to be added soon!

ASK Experience Series: Communication

In the newest HireDePaul Blog series, the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Program will be hosting interviews with alumni designed to bring DePaul students access to unique career advice and professional insight. In the first installment, we spoke with Margaret Batkiewicz (‘74) about her career and the importance of good communication in the workplace. 

Margaret spent most of her career in global employee communications, creating internal messaging to keep employees informed and up-to-date. When asked about the importance of effective internal communications, Margaret told us that “a company that communicates well with its employees is going to do better, [improve] morale, and have less turnover.”

This messaging came in many forms, one of which being a regular newsletter sent out to an international audience of employees. With such a diverse audience, it was important that she communicated consciously, ensuring awareness of cultural and linguistic differences. By consulting with company leaders from the various geographic regions she was communicating with and sending out surveys to employees, she was able to successfully navigate this unique challenge throughout her career. With that, however, comes the joy of communicating globally. 

“I met so many wonderful people and learned so much about their cultures,” Margaret said. 

From there, Margaret went on to discuss communication as a whole and how it can make or break a company. 

“Communication is essential to the success of a company,” she said, “whether it does business locally or globally.” 

But what is good workplace communication? Good communication skills vary by industry, position, and workplace culture. However, there are some good practices that can be applied to any professional environment:

Tone and Volume

Be conscious of the tone and volume of your voice when communicating with colleagues. There is some truth to the old saying “it’s not what you say, but how you say it.” Pay attention to your tone, watching out for any unintentionally negative, unenthusiastic, or accusatory intonations. As you get more comfortable in a workplace, continue to practice respectful and sincere communication. 

Be Concise and Definite

Avoid any superfluous information. Communicate with definition, avoiding language that may unnecessarily extend or worsen periods of uncertainty like “maybe” and “probably.” In some instances, informing your coworker that you are unsure of an answer is equally appropriate to providing that answer, as long as you come back to them with that answer once you have it.

Practice Good Listening Skills

Listen closely and attentively while showing interest in the topic and respecting the speaker. Ask questions to clarify information you may have missed. Paraphrase what you have heard and repeat it back to the speaker to ensure understanding. 

Give and Receive Feedback

Be descriptive and clear, while avoiding judgmental language. Be open to receiving feedback without defensiveness, allowing for the other person to address all of their points before responding. Remember: address modifiable, not unchangeable behavior. 

For more information on career readiness, make sure to explore the HireDePaul Blog. To connect with alumni like Margaret and practice your communication skills online, check out the DePaul ASK Network!

Here, We Do: Students of Internship Plus (Sp21)

We know that not every student can afford to take an unpaid internship, which influenced our decision to establish the Internship Plus Program. This program awards up to $2,500 in financial assistance to students who have an unpaid internship opportunity and demonstrate financial need. Through this program, many students, like the ones below, have been able to gain important experience in their field of interest. Hear about it from them:

Monica interned at The Borgen Project

The Borgen Project is a nonprofit that specifically focuses on advocacy in the topics of Starvation/ Global Food Security; Newborn, Child and Mother Survival; Access to Clean Water and Sanitation; Food and Aid Reform; and COVID-19 Aid. My position as a Nonprofit Leadership Intern helped me to form skills in relation to fundraising, advocacy, community networking and mobilization, education, and issue messaging.

Without the Internship Plus Award I would not have been able to accept this position, and everything that I have learned in my three months has been so meaningful to me. My experiences with The Borgen Project have helped me to grow and participate in the DePaul Mission.

The Borgen Project sees that with the global power that the US holds, it is important to set an example through policy and legislation. I learned the importance of advocating for others and how to put the goal of ending global poverty into action. I used my voice to lobby with members of Congress and move toward my own personal and career goals of becoming involved in politics. This experience embodied the DePaul Mission because it allowed me to advocate for change.

Tyler interned at Chicago Public Schools

Holistically, this endeavour has been very transformative and informative for me. Not only did I learn more skills to add to my teaching belt, I learned more about myself and how I must move through this profession. As a continued learner and advocate for change, I must continue to place myself in positions that nudge growth and versatility. I reflect on how our ever-changing world is fluid, and I have to adjust my practice with the times to provide a relevant substance that elevates student experience and quality of education. Practicing as an educator means that we grow practical theories through experience, and these guide our practice.  Through practice, we find strategies and techniques that best fit our situation and align with the values we echo to support youth.

By leading with love and kindness, I take pride in building harmonious relationships with youth centered on genuine understanding, trust, and authentic connections. These competencies have been foundational pillars through my experience at DePaul, my student teaching practice at Walter Payton High School and have served to advance their fight to create a more equitable and socially just school climate. 

Katie interned at The Executives’ Club of Chicago

At The Executives’ Club of Chicago, I helped coordinate events for CEOs and COOs, Board Chairmen, and business leaders from all industries. The executives would sit down for each event and discuss social justice issues, corporate social responsibility, real estate development to lessen economic and racial inequality, and innovative trends. All of these events align with DePaul’s mission. I learned from leaders who take action to make the city, and the world better. 

I applied for the Internship Plus award because I sacrificed my job to take on an unpaid internship. It was a difficult decision for me. I had to choose between a steady income and an amazing opportunity for my future. The award helped lessen the financial stress I was under, and I no longer saw the internship as a sacrifice. It became a blessing that I was grateful for.

For the past three years, I’ve wondered how I can do good for others. I’ve wondered what my purpose was and when I would figure it out at DePaul. From my internship, I considered the small ways I can make positive change in Chicago. It starts with listening to others, educating ourselves about inequalities, and being a part of uncomfortable conversations to grow as a society. 

Komal interned with HARLEEN KAUR

Wanting to pursue a career in fashion marketing and management, I was able to get an amazing opportunity by being a PR, Marketing, and Social Media Intern for HARLEEN KAUR. From this internship, I was able to get a proper execution on working with a team and creating email campaigns. As this internship allowed me to get real-world experience, it truly helped me reach my personal goals of building my graphic skills and my creative brainstorming. By allowing myself to be out in a position with hard-working individuals who own a company, I was able to understand the pressure and dedication the team has brought and it allowed me to have the same passion as them.

This internship has allowed me to use the outstanding teachings given by my academic professors and incorporate them into my internship by continuously pushing myself to work hard and learn the true objectives of the amazing opportunity I have been given.

By working with my team and by getting one on one interactions with the CEO of HARLEEN KAUR, I was able to observe and develop a great number of skills, expanding my knowledge of the marketing industry. This helped me get closer to my goals of learning the true objectives of time management and allowed me to contribute to the team in unique ways.

Applications for the Fall Internship Plus program are now open. Apply on the Scholarship Connect by August 22, 2021!

DePaul Career Center Summer 2021 Programming

We are excited to share our Summer 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.

June 24: Unveil Your Purpose

Unveiling your life’s purpose is essential to living life to its fullest potential. In this highly engaged and interactive virtual workshop, you will be provided the tools to evolve your inner self while navigating the journey of living out your purpose.

June 29: Resume Workshop for Seniors

Knowing how to successfully create a resume is the essential first step in your search. We encourage you to come join us to discuss the basics of resume development where we will share concrete strategies and resources to help best prepare you.

July 8: Interviewing Basics

Whether you’ve already done a few or are eagerly anticipating your first one, we encourage you to come join us to discuss the basics of interviewing where we will share concrete strategies and resources to help best prepare you.

July 27: Big East Virtual Career Fair

You’ve learned, led, and succeeded in college, and now you’ll have the opportunity to tell your story to employers at the BIG EAST Virtual Career Fair. This event, created exclusively for graduates who completed their degrees in 2020 and 2021 at a BIG EAST school, will connect you with organizations hiring now.

July 27: The Art of Professional Communication

Join the DePaul Career Center as we talk through Professional Communication and what you need to succeed when you join the workforce. We will go over tips and tricks and must-know facts.

August 4: The Business of Healthcare

Join us for an interactive employer panel highlighting companies in the Healthcare and Science industry that also have opportunities in business. Learn about industry trends and skills needed to be successful. We will also discuss changes since the pandemic and initiatives supporting employee wellbeing.


August 18: I have graduated from college, Now what?

Join us for an informal Q&A with recent DePaul alums to get answers and insight into your most burning post-grad questions and to connect with your fellow alums! They will be sharing insights into their own journeys after graduation, lessons learned, and helpful tips to set you up for post-college success.

This summer, the Career Center is introducing a job search group for first generation graduating seniors who are looking for to get their career started. The group will meet three times over the summer where you will learn search strategies to help you through the job search process. You will receive support, advice, individualized openings based on your specific interests, and valuable connections to alumni. Spaces are limited, so be sure to fill out the form to receive updates and grab a spot!

Sign up Today!

There are a variety of remote options to connect with our team for career guidance and insight. Drop-in with a peer career coach in Zoom, submit your resume or cover letter for an email review, or schedule an appointment with an advisor in Handshake.