North Central College - Naperville, IL

Opportunities after graduation

Incoming students and their parents are understandably concerned about what opportunities will be available after graduation. North Central has plenty of resources available to help build your résumé.

My first advice is to identify your strengths, develop leadership abilities and pursue work experiences that will interest future employers and/or graduate programs. During your early years on campus, get involved in activities that allow you to explore and build on your personal interests and values. Landing an internship is the next step in preparing for the job market. Employers want people who can adapt to new situations, are good communicators and have practical, job-related skills.

Finally, I like to tell job seekers that they need a “story.” What have you done? What skills can you bring to the workplace? Be able to talk about who you are and what you’ve accomplished—and you’ll give yourself a big advantage.

Jeff Denard
Director, Career Development Center