Wednesday Mar 20, 2013
IU Northwest alumna Sharese Dudley, director of the Office of Career Services, is a living example of what she tries to convey to students during appointments.
“When I was a student, the career services professionals helped me to incorporate my experience with my academic program, while keeping my career focus in mind, ultimately to help me create a career I love,” Dudley said. “Now, I make my career out of helping students do the same.”
Career Services organizes job fairs, career readiness workshops and other career-related activities throughout the academic year to help students prepare for life after college. Students looking for part-time or full-time employment or internships can make an appointment to speak with a counselor to create a plan. Students considering graduate school also have access to an in-depth written assessment that can help them decide what degree program is best for their career of choice.
Career assessment tools such as the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator and an online tool called FOCUS, can help students narrow down potential career options. Resumé and cover letter writing assistance is offered to help students make the best first impression. Counselors are also available to answer questions about business and job etiquette.
When students find themselves ready to search for a job, they can access the College Central Network (CCN).
CCN is an online job and internship directory for IU Northwest students and alumni only. CCN can be accessed by going onto the Career Services website and clicking the ‘College Central Network’ link. Students can then register and create a profile that may include a resumé to help them find jobs and internships.
More than 300 employers have registered on CCN to post jobs and internships specifically for IU Northwest. Once registered, students and alumni can access the directory to find jobs or internships located in Northwest Indiana or around the country. Hundreds of entry-level and more seasoned positions are updated monthly on the CCN site. More than 30 internship opportunities are posted each month on the CCN that are paid, unpaid and available for academic credit.
More importantly, students are advised to be cautious about what they put online and to manage their social media profiles.
“Today, many employers will review a potential employee’s Facebook page or Twitter profile to see if they are a good match for the job,” Dudley said. “If students do have an online profile they should try to tailor it to their future career and keep it as professional as possible.”
The Office of Career Services is located in the Moraine Student Center (room 101) and available Monday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students may also walk-in for job applications or to review career and graduate school literature in the lounge. They encourage students and alumni to schedule an appointment to see a Career Counselor. Community members are also welcome to schedule appointments on Fridays.
For more information, contact the office at (219) 980-6650.
About Indiana University Northwest
As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home. IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.