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Career Development

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Be in charge of your future

Building one's career can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be that way.  As a Newman student, you have access to tools, resources, and staff to help your career goals a reality.

Don't wait until graduation!  Just like a final exam, your development is not something you should "cram" for at the last minute.

Start exploring as early as your first year.  Use the plan below to help you develop career-related skills and experiences during your time at Newman University.

 

Career Planning Process

Assess

  • Assess, articulate, and develop strengths, interests, and values.  Begin to explore options compatible with strengths and interests.
    • Interests: things you enjoy doing
    • Values: ideas and beliefs that are important to you and guide your actions
    • Personality Type: social traits, motivations, strengths and weaknesses, and attitudes
    • Aptitudes: natural talents or abilities through training and education
  • Identify career interests that might be a good fit during the self-assessment, but more information will be needed before making a final decision.

Explore

  • Gather information on careers and majors of interest.  Involve oneself in opportunities to apply and further develop skills, grow qualifications, and explore areas of interest.
  • Use various resources to find job descriptions, learn about specific duties, and gather labor market information.
  • Ideal time to conduct an informational interview, where you ask people who work in an occupation that interests you questions about their jobs.
  • Declare your major.

Experience

  • Enhance professional skills with real world opportunities through job shadowing, internships, cooperative education, and applied learning.  Find meaningful opportunities that will differentiate you from the rest.
  • Secure internships or jobs or volunteer in your fields of interest.

Action

  • Create a plan and take action to translate the skills and experiences into meaningful post-graduate opportunities.
  • Meet with Career Services to discuss post-graduate plans and develop a strategy.

 

Want a more in-depth career plan for yourself?  Set up an appointment with our office!

Career Services

SH302

Call 316-942-4291, ext. 2318 to set up an appointment, or set up in person in SH301.