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!

The Upside of Grad School During a Recession

The economic impact of COVID-19 has many soon-to-be graduates considering alternate paths. In fact, 58% of college students nationally are focusing on applying to grad school rather than pursuing a job or internship. Don’t let this discourage you. There are a number of benefits of grad school during a recession. 

Hone Your Craft

While grad school isn’t an “escape hatch,” it can offer a safe alternative to entering a job search for students whose industries now have limited employment opportunities. It provides a space for you to explore your field and hone your passion so that once the market has rebounded you’ll leave with a targeted focus for your job search. 

Earn Income

Right now, taking out student loans to pay for grad school is untenable. When the economy is suffering, interest rates rise, which means that over the lifespan of your loan you would be paying a much greater sum. Instead, seek out graduate assistantships. Not only do they give you hands-on work experience, but they also cover tuition and provide a stipend. These stipends can range from $6,000 to nearly $40,000 per year, making grad school a lucrative experience for you.

Gain Relevant Work Experience

Graduate assistantships, project-based learning, and coursework offer you work experience like any other job. The benefit here is that as you build experience, you are also completing a terminal degree and developing in-demand skills. In fact, you might find yourself uniquely qualified for positions that previously would have been out of reach.

Build New Connections

Grad school is often touted as a way to increase your earning potential, but it also gives you access to high-touch networking. As you form relationships with your faculty, thesis advisor, your peers, and alums, you are creating a robust network of experts in your field who can connect you to industry professionals who are hiring. These connections may open doors for you to obtain a higher-paying job — or to negotiate for one.

Grad school is not the answer for every student, but for many it will open up new pathways–pathways that offer hope during economic instability. If you’re interested in grad school, there’s still time to apply. Many programs have extended their admissions deadlines — grad programs included. 

If you’re considering grad school or want career advice, schedule an appointment with a Career Community Advisor through Handshake.

 

Considering Grad School? 3 Time-Sensitive Factors to Keep in Mind

It’s the time of year when seniors—and some proactive juniors—begin thinking about the next step after graduation. For some, this could be transitioning directly into a career. For others, it’s exploring the possibility of graduate school, either to hone in on a particular area of study they are currently enjoying, or to switch gears and try something completely different.

There are a lot of factors that go into researching potential graduate programs, such as the number of years required to complete further school, the financial responsibilities, the career outcomes of individual programs, and so on. With that said, though, there are three specific and time-sensitive factors that everyone should get clarification on right away.

Admission Deadlines

This may sound like common sense, but this will vary from program to program. Some masters programs will have rolling admission, which means they accept students year-round every semester or quarter. This is an ideal scenario, as it gives you flexibility as to when and how quickly you need to gather your application materials. However, some programs may only accept students once a year, in which case you want to make sure you’re ahead of the game; if you miss the deadline, chances are the program won’t consider you until the following year, at which time you might not be able to consider further schooling.

If you’re looking at multiple programs—and it’s recommended that you do—be sure to jot down the admission deadline date for each institution you’re considering. If it’s unclear on a university website, contact the Admissions Coordinator at that institution for further clarification.

Testing

The most common exam that people will need to complete for graduate school is the GRE. The good news is that some masters programs will not require a GRE (woohoo!). If they do, though, you want to make sure you give yourself enough time to not only take the test, but to factor in any preparatory time you might need before the exam. Similarly, you may want to factor in time to retake the exam if you’re looking to obtain a higher score before the application deadline.

For students interested in specialized advanced degrees, you will want to do some research to ensure you take the correct exam for that program. Whether you’re considering law school (LSAT), medical school (MCAT), an MBA program (GMAT), etc., the same rules apply: give yourself plenty of time to prep, take, and (if necessary) retake the exam before the application deadline date.

Work Experience

While this is becoming less common, it’s possible that some masters programs will require that applicants have at least 1-2 years of professional work experience prior to entering the program. For some, this could be experience in any field, while others will be seeking applicants who have been working in the field of their intended program. Either way, this is a requirement to take into consideration early, so that you can begin to map out post-undergraduate career plans that will be an ideal fit for your long-term academic goals.

Other Considerations

Beyond the time-sensitive requirements noted above, it’s important to review each admission requirement very carefully. Some items, such as a personal statement, can be created on your own time, while others, such as letters of recommendation, will depend on how quickly you can reach out to and receive a response from a potential reference.

Ultimately, it helps to meet with a career advisor first to determine whether graduate school is right for you, and what programs would be the best fit given your professional and academic interests. By knocking out this first step, you’ll be ahead of the game and more prepared for any and all graduate admission requirements.