In 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
When 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
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
By Paula Rucci Voigt, NLU Career Services Advisor
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
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
Summer 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.
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 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
Jacqueline Samuel, from left, Amanda Leftwich, Arne Duncan and Matthew King posed for a photo at the Reach Awards. Duncan received the Pioneer Award, while the others received the Reach Award.
NLU alumni, donors and friends arrived at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel Tuesday to honor one of the United States’ most influential education leaders and three NLU alumni who are exercising their knowledge and leadership in ways that bring positive change to communities.
As guests arrived, they greeted classmates and friends during a cocktail hour dramatized by the Sofitel’s sleek architecture. After they took their seats in a huge ballroom beautified by pink orchid sprays on the tables, Emcee Karen Jordan, an anchor at ABC7 News, introduced NLU President Nivine Megahed.
Mike Koldyke, founder of the Golden Apple Foundation, Patricia Koldyke, Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner and NLU President Nivine Megahed celebrated NLU’s successes at the Reach Awards.
“Education, more than ever, is our strongest vehicle for economic opportunity. It is our strongest hope for social equity,” Megahed said, explaining how NLU has created the Harrison Professional Pathways as a quality program, at an affordable price point, to help students from modest-income homes attain their bachelor’s degrees. Continue reading
By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services
As a job seeker, you may come to dread the very notion of networking with valuable LinkedIn connections. After all, these people may hold the keys to your career, provided you make the right first impression. To help remedy your nerves and provide a nice confidence boost, let’s explore some common do’s and don’ts of connecting on LinkedIn.
Do: Research your potential networking contacts and their companies
This is the first step job seekers should take prior to any conversation that is started on LinkedIn or any other networking venue. Job seekers should review the employer’s and the connection’s page and identify something they enjoyed reading or found interesting or instructive. These items can serve as the basis for an initial conversation. Also, adding a question about their background experience can show your connection-to-be that your intent is to learn from them. Forming a friendly relationship in which you are appealing to your connection’s expertise is often an effective way to network. Continue reading
Enjoy this blog post from NLU’s McCormick Center for Early Leadership blog. In a recent Whole Leadership post on the McCormick blog, Teri Talan introduced administrative leadership by considering its definition and importance. This led Tarah Kadzielawski to wonder, how do you improve administrative leadership skills? She reflects on her experience as a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. She shares her journey, the advice she’d give her younger self, and her favorite resources for developing administrative leadership.
by Tarah Kadzielawski
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In last week’s Whole Leadership post, Teri Talan started us in a new direction, Administrative Leadership. My personal background is similar to many other program leaders in our field—I was a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. In my personal experience with administrative leadership, I felt I could handle pedagogical leadership and thought I had many leadership essentials; however, I knew I was in need of some support and resources to build up my administrative leadership skills. (In hindsight I’m sure I was in need of more resources for pedagogical leadership and leadership essentials as well, but that is a different blog post.)
To build up my administrative leadership skills, I turned to the resources at my disposal. There were director’s networks—I was involved in—related to different funding sources such as Head Start and state pre-K. However, these didn’t provide the administrative leadership skill development that I sought. Two professional learning opportunities that I participated in did help develop my administrative leadership skills: Continue reading