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Take advantage of the Career Center

| Friday, March 20, 2015

No matter what course of study you choose in the College of Arts and Letters, you will acquire skills that are powerful assets in any profession: the ability to think critically and creatively, to analyze complex information, to identify and solve problems, to write well and to speak persuasively.

And no matter what your major or professional goals, the Career Center’s dedicated team of experts is ready to connect you with the right opportunities, from networking and mentoring programs to internships to full-time jobs in almost every industry imaginable.

Our track record is excellent. Within six months of commencement, 97 percent of 2013 Arts and Letters graduates had begun full-time employment (46 percent), enrolled in graduate and professional schools (31 percent), joined prestigious service programs (19 percent), entered the military (1 percent), or reported other plans (1 percent).

While we are proud of those numbers, we are most proud that our alumni find lifetime success pursuing unique career paths that are truly reflective of the Notre Dame mission to be a force for good in society.

And the Career Center is here to help from the very first day you arrive on campus — even if you don’t yet know what path you want to pursue.

The Career Center Engagement Team works with first- and second-year students to discover each person’s unique mix of values, interests, personality and skills (VIPs). That insight, paired with the knowledge you learn in the classroom, can spark ideas for experiential career endeavors, from internships and career treks to study abroad and service-learning programs.

The Exploration Team’s career coaches work primarily with juniors and seniors, preparing you for job and graduate program searches, helping you discover where your VIPs are needed in the world and devising a plan to get there. Coaches on the Exploration Team have industry expertise to help you navigate the recruiting practices unique to your specific areas of interest.

The Employer Relations Team devotes its energies to providing opportunities for students to connect with employers across all industries, including job and internship postings on GO IRISH, on-campus interviews and for some industries, our various on-campus and off-campus career fairs. Arts and Letters students were specifically being sought by 75 of the 135 for profit, nonprofit and service organizations at the 2015 winter career fair.

To help students break into industries with different recruiting practices, the College of Arts and Letters and the Career Center offer a variety of programs, including mentoring opportunities and career treks. The spring break film and television trek to Los Angeles, for example, allows students to meet more than 50 professionals and alumni in the entertainment industry while visiting sets and making pitches to agents. Other treks focus on graphic design, industrial design, art museums, auction houses, nonprofit, public relations, theater, sports, biotechnology or pharmaceutical career paths.

The Career Center also has several grant programs, including the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program, to help support you in your internships in any industry around the world. We award more than $350,000 in internship grants each year and the April 15 application deadline is fast approaching.

Whatever your professional goals, the Career Center has resources to help you achieve them. All you have to do is ask.

 

Hilary Flanagan

director

Notre Dame Career Center

 

John McGreevy

I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean

College of Arts and Letters

March 18

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