Student Success Stories

Most recent career articles indicate that the majority of employers are looking for new hires with both the technical and communication skills to get the job done. Don’t just dress for the job you want, put in the time to become the professional you want to be. Student Success Stories are a great way for you to understand how other ND graduate students have achieved their initial career goals.  We've asked a select few to share their experience, thoughts, and insights with like-minded peers (see below).

Graduate Career Services can help you to cultivate your personal brand and develop your professional presence. We’re proud to say that most of our appointments come from personal referrals. Students are our partners, and helping you to reach your professional potential is always our goal. 

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  • Elisabeth Kincaid

    Theology, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Moral Theology
    Aquinas Institute of Theology

    What helped you to achieve this career outcome?

    I took advantage of several of the services offered by Career Services, such as reviews of my cover letters and CVs. In addition, I completed mock interviews within the Theology department. I also attended and presented papers at numerous conferences in my area, which helped me get to develop relationships within my field.

    What excites you about your new position?

    Using my Theology degree to teach seminarians and lay people seeking to serve the Church and advance the common good.

    Looking back on your job search experience, what advice would you give to current students?

    Start thinking about the job search very early in your time at Notre Dame, and take advantage of all the resources on campus to help get you ready!

  • Natalie May

    ESTEEM, Master

    Category Specialist
    Hayneedle (Walmart E-commerce Company)

    What helped you to achieve this career outcome?

    1:1 Career Consulting with Career Services and Notre Dame Career Fair

    What excites you about your new position?

    The position will allow me to implement many of the entrepreneurial skills that I gained at Notre Dame in a corporate environment. I am excited to be responsible for my own category of products and provide customers with items that can turn a house into a home.

    Looking back on your job search experience, what advice would you give to current students?

    Put yourself out there. Never be too afraid to reach out to ND alumni, grab coffee with a professor on campus, or hop on the phone with strangers you reached out to on LinkedIn. I did all of these and they helped me sift through various job opportunities and ultimately make the decision to move to Omaha to pursue a career with a well known e-commerce company.

  • Andrew Schranck

    Ph.D. Environmental Engineering

    Innovation Fellow
    enFocus

    What helped you to achieve this career outcome?

    Regular meetings with Graduate Career Services and informational interviews with enFocus employees and other professionals at Notre Dame and in the South Bend area helped me gauge the opportunity at enFocus and compare it to others I was considering.

    What excites you about your new job/organization?

    I am excited to use the breadth of skills I cultivated as a PhD student while interacting with clients on a frequent basis and to solve community problems as part of a diverse team that is focused on innovation and entrepreneurial ideas.

    Looking back on your job search experience, what advice would you give to current students?

    Start early and conduct as many informational interviews as you can.

  • Brandon Sepulvado

    Ph.D. Sociology

    Principal Data Analyst
    NORC at the University of Chicago

    What helped you to achieve this career outcome?

    I worked with Graduate Career Services in a few main areas. First, we discussed what I valued in a career and what types of options aligned with that. This type of professional discernment was very useful for me because I had previously only prepared myself for the academic job market, which turned out not to be what I wanted. Second, I attended a career fair to interact with employers from multiple sectors and to see which jobs appealed to me. Finally, I met several times with Graduate Career Services to learn how to most effectively translate my research experience into effective resumes and interview strategies. 

    What excites you about your new job/organization?

    As a sociologist who specialized in computational methods, I am fortunate enough to combine my passion for both social science and data science to produce rigorous research that has tangible impacts. NORC is also an amazing organization, one that maintains a warm environment among colleagues while also encouraging innovation and excellence. 

    Looking back on your job search experience, what advice would you give to current students?

    I think the advice that would have been the most helpful to me is this: even if you think you know what career you want, explore the possibilities. I entered Notre Dame certain that I wanted to be a professor, and, while that can be a great career, it wasn’t until I was almost done with my degree that I realized other options better align with my interests. By that time, I had to play catch-up in acquiring knowledge of possible careers and then how to most appropriately convey my experience in an appealing way for these kinds of jobs.