A SUCCESSFUL START with the career development process involves finding time to assess goals and interests and investigate options through Career Exploration, build and prepare materials for the Application Process, and commit to and implement a targeted job Search that will lead to securing Interviews and offers.
Developing a proactive, individual development plan (IDP) during your time at Notre Dame and beyond will allow you to search for and secure career opportunities that best match your unique values, interests, personality, skills, needs, and goals. You are not alone in this process. Graduate Career Services, along with campus and community partners, are here to support you every step of the way. You Matter, Your Research Matters, Be a Force for Good!
- View some of our "Student Success Stories"
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 develop and reach their career goals. Your consultant has specialized expertise and works individually with students to attain career goals through strategic 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 "Handshake". Feel free to email your Consultant with your availability if you are unable to find a time.
Career Resources to Prepare for an Appointment:
- Process of an Appointment - LACE (Listen to Understand, Ask powerful questions, Challenge and support with feedback, Establish next steps and accountability)
- Career Questions to help you reflect (Additional - Sample Questions, Big Questions, Powerful Questions)
- Overall Career Planner to keep your "Career Keywords" Organized
Career Planning Resources
- Calendarpedia - Templates based on days, weeks, months, and years to keep you organized. Multiple options in a variety of formats.
- Workona - Organize your online search tabs and documents into workspaces.
- Career Planning & Development Guidebook: A comprehensive guide for career development created by our team
- Imagine Ph.D. Individual Development Plan and Notre Dame Graduate School Professional Development Checklist
- Semester and Academic Program Planner and Career Path and Opportunity Planner
- "Job Tracker" Planner - Several tabs that utilize different approaches such as the LAMP Method (From "The 2-Hour Job Search" by Steve Dalton)
- Overall Career Planner to keep your "Career Keywords" organized and Career Path Profile Template
SELF-REFLECTION AND EXPLORING OPTIONS:
- Imagine Phd: Geared toward (but not exclusive to) Humanities and Social Science graduate students. Includes interests, skills, and values assessments, as well as the ability to connect your results to information with15 relevant job families. Significant resources are also available for learning about each job family. Includes a "My Plan" feature to organize your academic and career goals throughout your time at Notre Dame
- 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
COMPREHENSIVE CAREER RESOURCES (Identifying Employers, People, and Jobs of Interest):
- ♣ Irish Compass: Notre Dame's official online community driving powerful professional connections within the Notre Dame Network. Connect with alumni, discover career fields and jobs, and apply to postings!
- ♣ Handshake: Discover employers, jobs, events, fellow students, and more!
- LinkedIn: Discover people, groups, employers, organizations, jobs, events, and more! (User Guide)
Build Your Campus Support Team
- Graduate Training: Workshops and events of particular interest to graduate students. To view and register for upcoming sessions, please check the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of Grants and Fellowships: Search for opportunities and connect for application support
- Shared Expectations: Initiative that includes strategies and a conversation guide to developing a healthy relationship with faculty mentors and advisors
ADDITIONAL CAMPUS PARTNERS:
- ♣ Hesburgh Library Career Resources: Includes a variety of resources (several require ND login)
- Centers and Institutes: Get involved with campus offices and departments to gain valuable leadership experiences
- Event Calendars Across Campus
Career Competencies and Skill Development
CAREER COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS OVERVIEW:
- "Career Readiness": Which skills/competencies do you want and need to gain to be competitive? Developed by NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers). Also, view industry/discipline-specific competencies (Ex. Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators and Nonprofit Competencies)
T-Shaped Professional: Research has emphasized the need for today’s professionals to possess deep disciplinary knowledge along with a keen ability to communicate across social, cultural, and economic boundaries (Image)
- Key Shaped Professional - Disciplinary agility and 21st-century work
- Employability Skills (US Department of Education)
- PhD Transferable Skills (Academic to Workplace)
- "Comprehensively Qualified" - Big picture summary of what makes a person "qualified"
DEVELOPING TARGETED SKILLS:
- Bendable Learning Platform - Includes learning modules from the City of South Bend as well as curated content from multiple free online educational tools (examples below):
- ♣ Mango Languages - PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation with fun, flexible learning tools to keep users inspired and engaged. Offers 70+ foreign languages as well as English courses for non-native speakers. A full list of languages offered can be found here.
- ND Remix: Create projects with images, audio, data, and video
- ND Office of Informational Technology (OIT): Workshops are available for students, faculty, and staff on a wide range of topics
- Grow with Google (On Air) - Offers free virtual workshops, events and 1:1 coaching sessions to help you get the most out of digital tools. Whether you own a small business or you’re searching for your next job, our Grow with Google experts and partners are here to teach you digital skills that can help you grow.
GAINING EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM:
- Campus: Consider connecting with different offices, departments, and groups to gain leadership experience and develop skills that can prepare you for careers if interest. This could include part-time work, internships, volunteering, and more:
Community: Consider what types of opportunities are available in different communities to gain valuable experience to prepare you for careers of interest (South Bend examples below):
- South Bend Chamber of Commerce - An all-encompassing organization driving personal and professional development in the city (ex. South Bend Young Professionals Network)
- Volunteer in the community with a nonprofit of interest and consider serving on a Board or advocacy group that would allow you to take on a leadership role within the community (ex. "Friends of the Library").
- Secure a fellowship or internship with an employer/organization (ex. enFocus - Entrepreneurial Focus. Community Impact)
Dual Career Search Resources
GRADUATE CAREER SERVICES - Most resources will be available to spouses and significant others. You can use your Notre Dame student credentials to log in to all other resources (often marked with a ♣)
- Notre Dame Staff Job Board
- South Bend Regional Chamber
- South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership
- City of South Bend Careers
- Work One Northern Indiana
- Next Level Jobs Indiana
St. Joseph County Public Library System - Workshops, online learning and more!
- "Bendable" - A community-based lifelong learning system. It allows residents of all ages and backgrounds to easily acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses as well as in-person learning opportunities. Bendable promises to forge a “city of lifelong learning,” making South Bend more resilient in the face of a fast-changing economy.
Resources to Consider During Covid-19
Make sure to check out our career resources during Covid-19 page for up-to-date strategies to consider during this unique time. This page includes hiring trends, job search considerations, and much more!