3 Ways Your Career Advisor Can Help In the New School Year

The start of a new school year can bring about a lot of change. After several months off we’re getting accustomed to new courses, a shift in the weather, and all-things pumpkin spice. It can take some time to regain one’s footing, but when it comes to career advice at DePaul, we can help right off the bat.

Every student has a designated career advisor at DePaul based on your major—including those who are currently undecided and exploring. This allows us to not only answer general career questions, but also offer a deeper dive into your post-graduate career plans.

If you think you might want to visit with a career advisor, but are unsure of how we can help, here are a few ideas based on your current student status.

Freshmen: Career Exploration

One of the most common ways that career advisors help first-year students at DePaul is with career exploration. This can be done in a variety of ways. For students who are still exploring their major and career interests, we offer free career assessments like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory, which can serve as a helpful guide in finding career paths based on personality preferences and interests. Some students have a clear idea of what type of job they want after graduation, and so we work backwards to determine which types of internship opportunities, majors, and/or minors would help students reach that particular goal. Whatever your concerns might be regarding career paths and opportunities, we can help bring your options into greater focus. It also helps to meet consistently with your academic advisor to make sure you’re on track to graduate, and to see if you can fit in a double major or minor that might aid in reaching your post-grad career goals.

Sophomores and Juniors: Gaining Experience

While every sophomore and junior who comes to the Career Center will have a different set of needs, one common thread tends to be an interest in internships. This is the perfect time to begin pursuing these opportunities, as you will already have a few classes under your belt and can begin exploring a particular career path in a hands-on way. If you take on an internship and love what you’re doing, we can help you identify similar opportunities down the road; if you have the opposite reaction, we can work with you to identify what might be a better fit and help you to pursue those options. For many students, applying to an internship—whether it’s your first, second, or sixth—can be a daunting task; your career advisor can help to lighten the load by offering insight on how to tackle this process with greater confidence.

Seniors: Applying to Jobs

Graduating seniors most often seek out career advising to gain greater clarity around applying to full-time jobs. Given that each industry has a different hiring season—some industries, like accounting, make their full-time hires much earlier in the year than other fields—it’s a good idea to meet with a career advisor early in the year to develop a plan of attack for the application process. This plan may include an internship, identifying networking contacts, or diving right into the full-time search. Ultimately, the process itself will vary from student to student, but meeting with your career advisor sooner rather than later can ensure that you are ahead of the game regardless of your post-grad career goals.

Keep in mind that the above suggestions are just a few ideas for visiting with us. Some of you may have questions about pursuing graduate school, teaching abroad, and/or volunteer opportunities—we can hep with that! Similarly, you might find that you have slightly different needs than those outlined above; maybe you’re a freshman ready to dive into your first internship, or a senior who wants to explore career paths. The good news is that we can help you with every step of the process, and where ever you’re at in the process. Classes and the weather may change, but strong, student-focused support from the Career Center will always be our top priority.

20 Inspirational Career Quotes to Get You Motivated

By: Alejandra Ruiz, DePaul University Honors Marketing Major ‘16

If you’re like me, you get a cold rush that runs through your body when thinking about your future career; and even more, when you’re on the verge of giving up because a tough class starts to discourage you, or because you didn’t get that dream job or internship. Remember, in those hard times, all we really need is a little motivation.

So, my goal today is to motivate you with some inspirational career quotes. I’m sure (or at least hope) these quotes will encourage you to keep working toward your dream career, and to never give up.


Quote 1

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

“You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.” — D.M. Dell

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it” — Katherine Whitehorn

“Feeling confident – or pretending that you feel confident – is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.” — Sheryl Sandberg

Quote 4

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” — Sheryl Sandberg

“I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.” — Jon Stewart

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” — George Lucas

“Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.” — Johnny Carson

Quote 2

“Waiting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” — Marilyn Monroe

“It’s not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts.” — Brian White

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” — General George Patton

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote 3

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” — Proverb

“Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.” — Herb Brooks

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” — Chris Grosser

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison

“As long as you’ve got passion, faith, and are willing to work hard, you can do anything and have anything you want in this world.” — Anonymous

Quote 5

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Go confident in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau

I hope you’re motivated, and more excited than ever to finish this school year strong!

How to keep the motivational vibes flowing? Print a few of these quotes and tape them somewhere visible as little inspirational reminders. In addition, I encourage you to visit the Career Center for extra motivation and career support. Wonderful career advisors will help you in the process of achieving your career goals.

Remember, “hard work pays off!”