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Alumni Tell How They Got Jobs, How NLU Prepared Them for Careers College of Professional Studies and Advancement alumni share journeys with future students

 

Enrolling in college is an act of hope for a brighter future. It can be reassuring to prospective or newly-enrolled students, though, to hear from other students about how they landed rewarding jobs after they graduated.

To connect the dots between enrolling and reaching the point of succeeding in a good job, National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement organized an Open House Alumni Speaker Panel event on Feb. 1 at NLU’s Chicago campus. Continue reading »

Keep Calm and Rock Your Job Interview By Paula Rucci Voigt, Career Advisor at National Louis University

 

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser

You’ve landed a job interview – congratulations on getting to this crucial step in your job search! You now have the ultimate opportunity to demonstrate you’re the best hiring choice. Preparation is the key to rocking your interview like a star. Here is a countdown to help you succeed:

The week leading up to the interview…

  • Research the organization. Go through the company’s website and read up on their mission, the size of the company, ongoing projects, and future plans. Get a feel for the culture and work environment. You’ll use this information to demonstrate your knowledge of the company during the interview.

NOTE: The “Interviewing to Win! How to Finish First in Job Interviews” workshop will be held Monday, Feb. 6 from 4-6 p.m. at NLU’s Chicago campus. RSVP to careerdevelopment@nl.edu.

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Mingle All The Way: 4 Ways to Spruce Up Your Professional Network at the Holidays By Christine Andrelczyk, Career Services Advisor

NetworkingHolidaysThe holidays can feel like a huge slump for job seekers. Between the hectic frenzy of holiday parties and gift shopping, it’s easy to lose sight of your career goals or lose motivation altogether, which is why so many people simply postpone the job search until January.

However, the holidays are a great time to find new opportunities. Fewer job seekers means less competition for you, plus companies are looking to fill in any lingering vacancies with strong, new talent to kick off the year with. Whether you’re unemployed, a new graduate, or a professional looking to scope out new opportunities, there are a few simple things you can accomplish during this season of festivities to ensure you will have something to celebrate in the New Year. Continue reading »

Tech Companies, Universities Connect To Better Prep Students for Jobs Tech companies want soft-skills, problem-solving ability, lifelong learners

161129-america-urban-campus-roundtable-020In an employer’s ideal world, universities would prepare students for their careers with the right mix of foundational knowledge, skills and practical experience that hiring companies seek. Instead, however, many potential employers, at least in the tech industry,  are finding that hiring and training newly-minted graduates can be a bumpy process.

In an effort to stem the disconnect and communicate about how universities can give students the preparation employers seek, the Illinois Technology Association convened a “Forecast Roundtable” event on Nov. 29. America’s Urban Campus, a consortium of 22 Chicago universities (including National Louis University), and World Business Chicago acted as co-conveners. Continue reading »

Job-Seeking? Escape The Black Hole of Applicant Tracking Systems By Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Advisor

jobsearchphotoWhen you submit an online job application, do you ever feel like your resume is being sucked into a black hole, never to be seen or heard from again?

It may have something to do with the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that many companies use nowadays to scan incoming resumes in order to narrow down the applicant pool. Resumes that successfully make it through the ATS will then move on to the next stage of the hiring process. While ATS is a great tool for employers to use in order bring speed and efficiency to their hiring process, it can also be difficult, confusing, and frustrating for job applicants to navigate. Continue reading »

Trying to Choose the Right Career? 7 Steps to Give You Clarity By: Consiglia M. Intile, Assistant Director, Career Development

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You’ve graduated from college or are thinking about transitioning into a new career, and the very thought of picking a career has you feeling overwhelmed. This is a very common feeling for job seekers and career changers. To make the decision-making process simpler, please follow these seven steps.

1. Take a Career/Personality Assessment

Personality/career assessments are an essential way to discover your skills, strengths and likes. They reveal information that you had never really thought of before. Examples include: The MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Instrument) and the Interest Profiler. These two assessments can help you learn more about yourself and what you would enjoy doing. You want to find a career that you love and not consider it work, but your passion. Continue reading »

An NLU Student Veteran Transitions Into the Civilian Workforce Manning Shares Her Career Journey, Tips for Fellow Veterans

 

By Paula Rucci Voigt, NLU Career Services Advisor

Manning_Natalyia[1]Transitioning to a new career is exciting but can also be intimidating, and can be especially so for veterans. With nine years of U.S. Air Force experience, Natalyia Manning, a National Louis University student who has just recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, knows first-hand about the additional challenges veterans face when moving from a military career to a civilian one. Continue reading »

Dr. McGuire Receives Mentoring Award for Police Explorers He's giving back to non-profit organization where he got his own start

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NLU’s Danny McGuire, Ed.D., at right, accepts the Spurgeon Award for volunteer leadership in the Police Explorers.

An NLU professor who learned about law enforcement through the Police Explorers back when he was a youth has received a top award from that non-profit organization, which acquaints teens with various career fields.

Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., assistant director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, has received the William H. Spurgeon III award for his work with the Police Explorer program during the past three years. It is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. Continue reading »

Five Ways to Boost Your Career Over Summer Break By Christine Andrelczyk, Career Services Advisor, NLU Career Development Office

StockBoostYourCareerSummer is a great time to relax and reflect on all you have achieved academically and professionally over the year. It’s also a perfect opportunity to take advantage of that extra downtime to accomplish some valuable professional milestones. Below we’ll discuss five ways you can use summer break to advance towards your future career.

Internships

Completing an internship is one of the most beneficial ways of gaining valuable professional experience in your field prior to obtaining your degree. Internships can be paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time, and can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to multiple years if you build a successful partnership with your employer. As an intern, your employer will understand that you’re new to the field and will treat your time with them as a learning opportunity. They will train you on the ins and outs of the position and guide you in honing your professional skills. Continue reading »

NLU Partners To Prepare High Schoolers For Teaching Careers High School District 214 in Northwest Suburbs, NLU launch Educator Prep program

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NLU educators and administrators were at Rolling Meadows High School for High School District 214’s launch of the Educator Prep program. They witnessed two dozen students indicate their interest in teaching by joining the program.

National Louis University and High School District 214 in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs partnered to launch a first-of-its-kind in the nation program called Educator Prep.

It allows high school students, as early as freshman year, to declare their intention to become teachers, and supports them through high school and then college, through to employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school. Continue reading »