Goals and Strategies

Developing Goals & Strategies early and often during your time at Notre Dame and beyond can improve your ability to search for and secure career opportunities that best match your unique personality, skills, interests, needs and goals. Find time among your other responsibilities to implement an efficient and effective process that works for you.

Meet with a Career Consultant

Our Team: Dedicated "Career Consultants" serve as liaisons to the Arts & Letters, Sciences, Engineering, and Professional Masters Programs (ESTEEM) to serve students in a variety of capacities to help them reach their career goals. Your consultant has specialized expertise and works individually with students to reach career goals through tried-and-true processes and professional best practices.

Our Process (1-1 Appointments): Through active listening, our Consultants take time to learn your unique story to create a tailored experience that focuses on resources and strategies to develop concrete action steps. Career consulting is a working relationship; you will be guided to think strategically, to work collaboratively, and to develop professionally. We'll seek to understand your current situation and offer one-on-one help rather than a one size fits all approach.

Scheduling: Find a time that fits your calendar by utilizing our online scheduling system. Feel free to email your Consultant with your availability if you are unable to find a time.

Plan Your Career Path

Utilize Successful Start Career Resources:

  • Career Planning & Development Guidebook - A comprehensive guide for career development developed by our team.
  • Irish Compass - Notre Dame's official online community driving powerful professional connections within the Notre Dame Network. Connect with alumni, discover career fields and positions, and apply to job postings.
  • Go Irish - Discover employers, jobs, events and more from those who want to hire ND students!
  • Imagine Phd - Geared toward (but not exclusive to) Humanities and Social Science graduate students, this brand new tool offers interest, skill, and values assessments, as well as the ability to connect your results to information about 15 relevant job families. Significant resources are also available for learning about each job family, whether you take the assessments or not
  • My IDP - Focused on science and other STEM careers, MyIDP provides exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values; a list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests; a tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track; and articles and resources to guide you through the process.
  • LinkedIn - Grow your professional network across the globe. Discover people, groups, employers, positions and more (User Guide).

Attend Professional Development Events: Through its Professional Development department, the Graduate School offers workshops and events of particular interest to graduate students. To view and register for upcoming sessions, please check the Professional Development event page on a regular basis. If you have suggestions for events, speakers, workshops or other feedback — or would like to announce your receipt of an external grant or fellowship — please contact the Professional Development team at gradprofdev@nd.edu

Leverage Campus Partners