Shifting the focus beyond coursework to include purpose and passion

For many students, finding a path forward can be difficult without a clear sense of direction. Navigator provides personalized attention to help students create a customized education plan that matches their passion and purpose.

From interest assessments to job application coaching, Navigator is our students' guide on the journey toward achieving their life and career goals.


Career Exploration

Your first year, you will engage in a process that will help you identify your personal strengths and interests. This includes taking assessments such as ‘Strength Finder’ and ‘My Majors’ and attending a program of study fair to help determine major/career interests and fit. You will work with an advisor to draft a plan of study that matches your interests and goals and helps to ensure that you will graduate within the time you expect.

Career Shadowing or Internships

Job shadowing allows you to explore specific careers and get a realistic picture of the tasks performed for your desired profession, insuring that your career path is a good fit for your talents and aspirations. Your dedicated support team will help you find shadowing and internship opportunities so that you can gain real world experience, boosting your career readiness and employability. You will also have opportunities to gain feedback on your resume and be coached through mock interviews by knowledgeable faculty and staff.

Professional Portfolio Creation

You will create a professional portfolio that will document your best works, leadership experiences, service projects, and personal reflections on these experiences. Your leadership sponsor, faculty advisor, and community mentor will support you in the development of your portfolio beginning in your first year and continuing throughout your academic journey at Newman University. You can use your professional portfolio, including your resume and letters of reference, during job interviews or graduate school applications.

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Higher learning. Higher purpose.

Shifting the focus beyond coursework to include purpose and passion.

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Education shouldn't be a solo adventure. We're here to help.

Surrounding students with a dedicated support team.

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Experience. Connect. Impact.

Letting students shape their own future, and their impact on others, firsthand.

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Built for Newman students by the Newman community, Navigator isn’t some simple how-to guide for college. It’s a super-charged support system designed to empower students to shape their future and their impact on the world around them.


You receive a “Degree of Difference” when attending Newman University and Navigator super-charges that difference!

As a student support and success program, Navigator is intertwined throughout our academic programs PLUS it offers classes and transformational experiences in these three specific areas:

Flight Planning

  • Identify your interests and strengths through career assessments.
  • Attend a program of study fair to explore your career interests.
  • Craft your mission statement and begin discerning your personal and professional purpose.
  • Construct your customized education plan with your faculty advisor.
  • Begin to develop your professional portfolio.
  • Build leadership skills during a Newman Day of Service.

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  • Connect with a professional mentor in your field of study.
  • Explore your career interests through shadowing opportunities.
  • Attend Career Services events to develop your network.
  • Participate in campus and community activities to build your professional presence.
  • Practice leadership and hands-on learning while participating in student clubs, campus organizations, service opportunities, athletic teams, and study abroad.
  • Gain experience through cooperative education, internships, service learning, and campus activities.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor to ensure you are on track to graduate.
  • Continue to develop your professional portfolio, adding reflections on leadership experiences and service projects.


  • Meet with your faculty advisor for a graduation check.
  • Develop a job search or graduate school application plan.
  • Practice mock interviewing and receive coaching.
  • Present your original research at Scholar’s Day.
  • Finalize your portfolio to be used in your job search or graduate school application process.
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