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Current Student and Alumni Career Resources

Individual career counseling is available on an appointment basis for all residential, commuter, evening and graduate students as well as alumni. To make an appointment, call 650-508-3667 or email careercenter@ndnu.edu. A visit with a career counselor can help you to:

  • Assess your personality style, skills, interests and values
  • Choose a major
  • Explore career options
  • Develop job search strategies
  • Create or improve your resume
  • Practice interviewing skills
  • Explore options for graduate school

Career Resource Library

Career Services offers students a wide variety of resources that include:

  • Employer information
  • Career books and information
  • EUREKA, the California Career Information Systemcontact us for password
  • Job Search and Career Advice Videos
  • Computers available for job search, career research and resume writing
  • Resume, interview and job search handouts
  • Connect your major to a career with What Can I Do With This Major?
  • Graduate and professional school literature
    • We have both library and online resources to help you choose a graduate program or school and to find out how and where to take graduate school exams. We have information on writing a personal statement or essay and are available to proofread. Stop by or call for an appointment with one of our staff members. We also sponsor (with Kaplan) Practice Graduate School Admission Tests.
    • GradSource.com: a comprehensive resource for students exploring graduate school and studies.

Jobs and Internships

Career Services provides a number of job and internship listings and resources.

Resume Writing

Students and alumni can access resume and cover letter writing guides and templates on Susan Ireland's Ready-Made Resumes Website. Contact us for the password at careercenter@ndnu.edu.

Students and alumni can also make an appointment in Career Services for resume assistance. Here are a few quick pointers to help your resume stand out:

  • A good resume is a marketing tool. Its main purpose is to help you get a job interview.
  • A good resume focuses on the future, not on the past.
  • A good resume emphasizes your skills and accomplishments rather than descriptions of your previous work experiences.

Networking

Career Services staff actively networks with current students, alumni and the business community to develop contacts willing to talk with students concerning career options and job opportunities. Career Services is developing an Alumni - Student Network. This group is designed to provide an opportunity for alumni to share career information and advice with current NDNU students and other alumni. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the Alumni - Student Network Form. As part of Career Week, we invite NDNU Alumni to share their experiences and insights on navigating a career path. For more information contact Alumni Relations at 650-508-3515.

NDNU and Your Organization

You already know the quality of individuals that graduate from Notre Dame de Namur University (formerly College of Notre Dame). Put us in touch with your human resources department or recruiters and we'll make sure that they have the opportunity to meet our students. Opportunities throughout the year include job fairs, on-campus interviews and club or workshop presentations.

Internships are an important part of the learning experience. Internships allow our students to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world. Students interested in internships either during the school year or in the summer come from all disciplines within the university.

To learn more about our program contact Carrie McKnight at 650-508-3667.

Career Success Plan

NDNU provides a number of services, events and academic courses designed to assist students in transitioning from college to successful and satisfying careers. We provide a Career Success Plan that serves as a model for making the student to career transition. Contact the staff in Career Services for more information.

Career Development Requirement

Three units of career development coursework are required for all undergraduate students. This requirement was developed to assist students to successfully transition from college to career. If a student has three or more years of full-time work experience and a current resume, the requirement may be waived by the director of Career Services or a department chair/program director. Please note that waiving the career requirement does not grant units of credit. See your academic advisor no later than the start of your junior year to determine your career development requirement plan. Note: the Career Development Requirement does not apply to evening intensive students.

Please see Career Development in the NDNU Catalog for more information.