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!

Just-in-Time Tips for the Just in Time Job Fair

Every year in June, the Career Center hosts the Just in Time Job Fair, an event for students to learn about job and internship opportunities—or, in the case of graduating seniors, immediate full-time gigs. Employers from multiple industries will be seeking applicants with various majors and levels of experience, so it’s a great opportunity for anybody who is seeking employment as the academic year comes to a close.

Given that this particular fair is an ideal fit for just about everyone, it’s even more important that you prepare in advance as to increase your chances of standing out.

Here are four key tips for maximizing your job fair experience and wowing recruiters.

Research Companies in Advance

Prior to every major job fair, a list of organizations that will be in attendance—along with company bios and open position descriptions—is available on Handshake. The day of the fair, this information is also available on our CareerFair+ app and in a physical program you can pick up at the registration table. Even with this information at their fingertips, some job seekers will walk up to employers and ask questions like, “Who are you and what are you hiring for?” Given that the answers to these questions and others like them are available in advance, it can make a job seeker seem unprepared and make for a weak first impression.

Before speaking with any employer, take some time to review the company bio and have a basic understanding of the types of positions they are hiring for. Better yet, consider researching the company website, as this will allow you to gather even more background. With more information and talking points under your belt, you will feel more confident approaching representatives, and ultimately it will lead to stronger conversations at the fair.

Bottom line: An intro like, “In researching the company website, I noticed that you seek applicants with x, y, and z experience. I’d love to share with you how my experiences position me as an ideal match with what you are looking for,” will stand out more than, “So what exactly does your company do?”

Practice Your Pitch

In addition to thinking about what types of questions to ask employers, you want to also prepare how to communicate your background and experiences. When an employer says, “Tell me a little about yourself,” what they’re really looking for is something closer to a 30-second pitch. What is that and how can you master it? Here are quick steps for creating your pitch:

  1. Begin with a current perspective (e.g. “I’m a junior at DePaul majoring in accounting…”).
  2. Then, share recent experiences (this could be a sentence or two about a past job or internship, a relevant course project, and/or involvement in student organizations).
  3. Finally, end with how these experiences and your future goals directly correlate with the company you’re speaking with.

Practice makes perfect, though. We will have Career Center representatives available the day of the fair to help you perfect your pitch.

Devise a Plan of Attack

Before stepping foot inside the fair, take some time to plan out not only which companies you want to speak with, but the order you want to speak to them in. This is important because you never want to start with a company you’re most passionate about. Instead, choose an employer you’re interested in, but whom you would also feel comfortable “warming up” with; this way, if your nerves get the best of you, there’s still time to make a strong impression with your “top” employers.

Another factor that might impact whom you speak with right away is traffic. Some companies will have a longer line of students than others, which may also mean that you have a limited amount of time to make an impression. If employers have smaller lines, this may mean that you can have a lengthier conversation, ask more questions, and ultimately make a stronger impression.

Collect Business Cards & Follow-up

Make sure to collect business cards from everyone you speak with, and send them a thank you email within 24-48 hours after the fair. Many applicants know to do this after a job interview, but neglect to do so following a career fair. Sending a brief thank you email is a great way to reiterate your interest in the company, as well as highlight any specific information that was shared that piqued your interest. Since a smaller portion of job seekers will think to do this, it can help you stand out even more following the fair.

Remember, take some time to research company representatives in advance, and consider stopping by the Career Center to have your resume reviewed beforehand. Before jumping into the fair, think about how you will communicate your experiences in a brief, 30-second pitch. And, if you want to practice your intro and networking tactics, visit a Career Center rep at the fair—they’ve got your back.

Handshake Hacks: Notification Preferences

DePaul’s Handshake platform has been helping students identify job and internship opportunities for almost two years now, and it’s continually being updated and improved to enhance the user experience. There are now multiple ways to identify not only jobs you might be interested in, but also specific companies and events that might be of interest to you based on your individual career goals. Even better, Handshake offers a quick, simple way to help you stay informed when any or all of the above are updated within the system.

There are two ways in which you can be notified of updates in Handshake. The first is through Handshake notifications, which you would only see if you are logged into the system. Any notifications you want to see within Handshake will be included under the globe icon on the upper-right side of the screen, no matter what page you are currently exploring on Handshake. The second option is to receive email notifications, which do not require you to be logged into Handshake to receive any recent updates. Select both options if you want to ensure that you don’t miss a thing!

The next time you log into Handshake, look to the top-right side of the screen where your name is and click on the drop-down menu. The second option down should read “User Settings,” which is where you can update basic account information like your name and year in school. You will also see a link that reads “Notification Preferences,” this function keeps you up-to-date on any jobs, employers, and events you’re most interested in.

Under “Notification Preferences,” you will notice a variety of different types of activities you may want to keep an eye on. Here is a list of the default notification preferences that the platform automatically sets. Here are a few preferences that might be beneficial to update moving forward:

Events

The Career Center hosts a number of career development workshops and networking events throughout the academic year. An easy way to keep track of these is to set notification updates and reminders for events you’ve registered for, as well as any new events on campus. You can also receive notifications about companies hosting information sessions at DePaul, which is a terrific opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a particular organization.

Interview Schedules

Some companies will hold on-campus interviews that allow students to interview for jobs and internships here on campus as opposed to meeting at the company itself. The job posting will clarify if a particular company is holding their interviews on-campus, in which case you will want to ensure you don’t miss any updates to the interview schedule! There are a variety of notifications you can set pertaining to on-campus interviews, including application deadlines, interview slots, and reminders about your interview schedule.

Jobs

Since the majority of students use Handshake to apply to jobs and internships, setting notifications to stay updated about application deadlines and new postings with a particular company is a smart way to stay informed about positions and employers you’re interested in.

Career Fairs

Similar to “Events,” this is a way to stay updated on upcoming job and internship fairs being hosted at DePaul.

Appointments

One of the newest features on Handshake! Requesting an appointment with your career advisor just got easier now that you can do so through the “Appointments” tab. Adjust these notification preferences so that you can stay updated on when your appointment request has been approved and to receive reminders about upcoming appointments.

Next Steps: Take some time to personalize your own notification settings in Handshake. It takes less than five minutes, and can help ensure that you never miss any activity pertaining to companies, job postings, and events that can help aid in your professional development.

Are These Fall Career Fairs on Your Radar?

By: Tara Golenberke, marketing professional in the education industry, and former digital media & marketing manager at the DePaul Career Center

Whether you are looking to uncover career interests, discover new job seeking skills, connect with top recruiters or learn about current job or internship opportunities, the Career Center’s events and fairs can jumpstart the quest.

Lucky for you, this fall is packed with exciting opportunities for you to learn more about the career search and connect with the biggest and brightest companies in Chicagoland and beyond.

Fall into fall with these 3 career-boosting events:

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Meet the Firms
September 14  |  4-7 p.m.  |  The Congress Plaza Hotel

Beta Alpha Psi’s Meet the Firms is designed exclusively for DePaul’s accounting, finance and Management Information Systems (MIS) students. This exciting event allows students and recruiters to make new connections and develop strong relationships. Pwc, Allstate, Deloitte, Grant Thornton and many more will have representatives available! Learn more, here.

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 2.38.26 PMFall Job & Internship Fair – Day 1
October 6  |  3-6 p.m.  |  Lincoln Park Student Center, 120 AB
Fall Job & Internship Fair – Day 2
October 7  |  11 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Lincoln Park Student Center, 120 AB

Interact with top employers recruiting for jobs and internships at this two-day event! Companies such as Yelp, Aon, Groupon, MillerCoors, Teach for America and many more will be there seeking candidates from all majors and experience levels. This fair is designed exclusively for DePaul students and alumni. Discover more on Handshake.

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 2.38.37 PMTechnology Job & Internship Fair – Day 1
November 2  |  3-6 p.m.  |  DePaul Center, Concourse Level
Technology Job & Internship Fair – Day 2
November 3  |  3-6 p.m.  |  DePaul Center, Concourse Level

DePaul students and alumni of all experience levels are encouraged to attend our tech fair to learn about full-time and internship opportunities in technology-related fields. Companies such as Abbott, CME Group, United Airlines, CDK Global, and Medline Industries are expected to attend! Plan ahead and learn more, here.


The DePaul Career Center hosts career-related events, workshops and fairs all year long. Keep an eye on Handshake and be the first to know about upcoming career events at DePaul.

Is Your Future Career in Social Services?

By: Alejandra Ruiz, DePaul University honors marketing major ‘16

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.39.26 AMInterested in pursuing a career in social services? Eager to learn and connect with professionals in the field? “Working for the Common Good” is a professional development and networking event that provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in discussions around key topics, best practices and issues within the social service community.

You’ll have the opportunity to talk to over 30 notable professionals that will be representing different settings including non-profit organizations, associations, schools, government agencies, research centers, clinics, cultural institutions, and more.

Specifically, this event will provide you with the opportunities to:

  • Participate in roundtable discussions where representatives discuss topics ranging from community outreach, advocacy, program development, research, school counseling, and more
  • Hear representatives talk about their work cultures, the range of entry to seasoned roles, and key competencies needed to work at their organization
  • Network with fellow DePaul alumni and pick their brain about best practices, trends and marketability
  • Learn about participating student organizations and how to be a part of various projects

This is a great opportunity to meet professionals in all areas of social service and to learn more about unique roles, best practices, and ways to be marketable in the field.

To get a sneak peek of the roundtable topics, the list of guests attending, and to register, please visit Handshake!