Follow a pathway to success.
Explore your options through our four-year Career Pathways program. You will join one or more Career Pathway communities: Business, Finance, and Data Science, Creative Arts and Communication, Law and Public Service, Science and Health Care, and Build Your Own.
You will forge your own direction through your chosen Pathway(s) and move through four Career Milestones of personal exploration and career development. Think of them as stepping stones along your path.
Engage a network along the way.
As you step along your Career Pathway, you’ll make connections with people who can help you land a job or go to graduate school. Faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and trustees act as mentors for students in the Career Pathway communities. Close proximity to Chicago and a strong network of alumni and friends give our students access to a range of career opportunities few other colleges can offer. The career network will help you through the four Career Milestones.
Learn about yourself and your career/academic options
- Talk to faculty and upperclassmen about what, why, and how they do it
- Take new and interesting courses
- Join an on-campus organization
- Build a resume
- Think about declaring a major and select a faculty advisor
Target a (few) professional pathway(s) and develop relevant skills.
- Talk to professionals to gather career specific information
- Pursue job shadowing, research, volunteer work, or a summer internship
- Update your resume with new experiences
- Declare a major and select a faculty advisor
Refine your professional pathway(s) and strengthen relevant skills.
- Research potential companies, organizations, and graduate/professional schools
- Talk to professionals at the sites you’ve identified or in your field(s) of interest
- Identify ways you need to strengthen your skill set and pursue additional coursework, internships, job shadowing, research, or other development opportunities
- Practice articulating your unique skills and experiences by updating your resume, preparing for interviews, and developing a brief self-introduction
Polish your credentials and pursue opportunities with employers and graduate/professional schools that fit your skills, interests, and values.
- Mobilize your network to help with the search; keep contacts informed about your progress and transition
- Complete an additional internship or research opportunity in your target field
- Refine your resume and interviewing skills
- Identify and apply for employment, graduate school, fellowships, or other opportunities
- Prepare to negotiate, navigate, and accept offers
Ready for your next step? Explore one (or more!) of the Pathways below.
Career Advancement Center
256 Brown Hall, Middle Campus
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.