Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I contact Graduate Career Services?

You can contact us by phone by calling the main Graduate School number at 574-631-7544 or by email at gradcareers@nd.edu.

 

Where is Graduate Career Services (GCS) located?

Graduate Career Services (GCS) is co-located with the Graduate School Office in 502 Main Administration Building.

 

How do I schedule an advising appointment with a career consultant?

You can schedule an advising appointment by sending an email to gradcareers@nd.edu.

 

Do I have an assigned career consultant?

Yes, all graduate students have an assigned career consultant. Career Consultants in Graduate Career Services are assigned to their respective College and assist students predominantly in that College. Unless otherwise indicated, you will always meet with the assigned consultant for your College.

 

How long are advising appointments and what topics are typically covered?

Advising appointments are 45 minutes in length, and students can schedule follow-up times as necessary and agreed. Graduate Career Services works on a client-centered service model and as such, students can meet with their career consultant on any topic related to their career and professional development. Frequent conversations include career planning, strategic decision making, professional development issues, interview preparation, and documentation review.

 

What happens if I’m late or miss a scheduled advising appointment?

A student is considered “late” 15 minutes after the scheduled appointment time. If the student has called to let the career consultant know they are running late, he/she still may be able to complete the session but will only have the remaining portion of the 45 minutes scheduled. If the student has not called to notify the career consultant that he/she will be late, the appointment will be canceled, and the student will need to reschedule. If you are running late or need to cancel your appointment, you should call the Graduate School reception desk at 574-631-7544 to inform them of your status.

 

Does GCS offer mock interviews for positions in the academy as well as business, government, and nonprofits?

Yes, mock interviews are available to graduate students irrespective of their chosen career path. Students can schedule appointments with a Career Consultant for a mock interview by sending an email to gradcareers@nd.edu.

 

Who do I contact to use an interview room for a phone or skype interview?

Any Notre Dame student can use an interview room in The Career Center (Flanner Hall) for a phone/video interview with a prospective employer. Please call (574) 631-9915 to schedule an interview room or computer set-up for SKYPE interviews.

Availability is limited based on capacity and whether employers are on campus with scheduled interviews. Recruiting season is the busiest time in the Interview Center, so availability may be limited. Plan ahead with contingencies as appropriate.

 

What is Go IRISH and how do I register to use it?

Go IRISH is Notre Dame's primary recruiting database. It includes both on-campus and off-campus interviewing opportunities for jobs and internships. Go IRISH can also be used to view upcoming employer information sessions, pre-nights, and career fair participants. It also serves as a job search engine for internship and full-time opportunities specifically seeking Notre Dame talent. You can manage your career search in your Go IRISH account by uploading your documents, reviewing job profiles, researching organizations, and applying for jobs.

Keeping your Go IRISH account up-to-date and active is a good idea. Employers actively use this career management system to post jobs, review student CVs/resumes, and seek out talent for their organizations. Your account information can optimize your ability to get noticed by employers who search the database for specific skill sets. Keeping your Go IRISH profile current also allows for Graduate Career Services to reach out to you with targeted opportunities based on the information you provide.

 

I am an international student, how do I find out about work visas?

Information regarding work visas for international students is best obtained by visiting the International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) office. ISSA offers a variety of support services and programs to help international students and scholars make the most out of their time at the University. In addition, ISSA provides immigration service, guidance, and support to Notre Dame-sponsored international students, J-1 scholars, and their dependents. ISSA staff members also educate and remind international students about immigration rules, responsibilities, deadlines, and benefits. ISSA is located at 105 Main Administration Building. You can contact them by email at ndintl@nd.edu.

 

Where can I order business cards?

If you are interested in ordering business cards, you can do so through Express Press. Express Press is the contracted printer for all Notre Dame business cards.

 

When do I start planning for my postgraduate career?

We encourage all graduate students to begin thinking about their career options and choices as soon as their first semester on campus. Every year, Master and Ph.D. students complete their degree requirements and hit the job market only to find out that it is not as straightforward as they had expected. More often than not, it is simply a matter of not understanding that competing for work in today's economy requires a strategy; and that plan will require dedicated time and organization.

To being your planning, start by reviewing Professional Development and the Graduate Career Services Guide for Ph.D./Master Students and resolve to check Professional Development's schedule of events (workshops, presentations, career fairs, employer information sessions) on a consistent basis. Reviewing the resources available on the Graduate Career Services website will help you to understand how to develop a plan and the components of a career search. And as always, schedule an appointment with a Career Consultant to discuss your career aspirations and begin to establish some goals during your time at Notre Dame.

 

What resources are available to help me with my CV, resume, cover letter, or interview preparation?

There are a wealth of resources and services available to graduate students to help them be better prepared to plan their career search and enter the job market. Links to resources unique to CV or resume preparation, writing cover letters or teaching statements, and preparing for a phone or onsite interviews can be found within the "For Graduate Student" section of the web page.

We encourage students to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest where additional information on career topics are posted. And as always, schedule an appointment with a Graduate Career Consultant to discuss and review your documentation.