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 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 PhD Individual Development Plan
- Notre Dame Graduate School Professional Development Checklist
- Semester and Academic Program Planner
- Career Path and Opportunity Planner
- "Job Tracker" Excel File with several tabs that utilize different approaches such as the LAMP Method (From "The 2-Hour Job Search" by Steve Dalton)
- Career Path and Opportunity Planner
Self-Reflection and Exploring Career 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 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)
- 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.
- Employability Skills (US Department of Education)
- PhD Transferable Skills (Academic to Workplace)
- Free Online Skill Development: 25 Free Online Education Sites (Examples - EdX, Khan Academy, Udacity, Coursera, Learnlistt)
- ♣ 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
Dual Career Search Resources
Graduate Career Services Resources - 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.