Career Planner Checklist
- Meet with an advisor in the Undergraduate Studies in Business Office (Barsema 201) for course selection. Please call for an appointment, (815)753-1325.
- Enroll in UNIV 101 - Business section
- Use SIGI-Plus, Horizons, Bridges (computerized systems that provide occupational information and career guidance topics in CLB 235), and the NIU Major WebLinks.
- Schedule a career counseling appointment or attend a career workshop in the Career Services office, CLB 220.
- Visit the Career Resource Center (CRC) in Campus Life Building 235 and read about majors and occupations of interest. A good reference is the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.
- Keep on top of current business issues by reading business journals and newspapers.
- Start your first career-related work experience by registering with Huskies Get Hired and meeting with counselors in Career Services.
- Talk to professors, academic advisors, friends and classmates about careers related to course subjects that interest you.
- Visit Career Services, Off-Campus Work if you are looking for work while in school.
- Visit the Human Resource Services, Student Employment for work on campus.
- Consider involvement in the University Honors Program (CLB 110) if you are getting excellent grades.
- Select a major and consider one or more academic minors of interest. Speak with your academic advisor or a Career Services counselor for details.
- Meet with an internship counselor in Career Services and check frequently with Huskies Get Hired.
- Attend both internship career fairs (October and February) and pertinent College of Business events for summer/fall/spring internships.
- Visit the Student Association (CLB 180) for information about participating in any of NIU's 200+ student organizations. Also visit the College of Business Student Organizations site.
- Consider course work and co-curricular activities that develop skills in computers, foreign languages, leadership, communication, and ethics as well as international awareness.
- Visit the Study Abroad Office (Williston Hall 417) to explore study abroad and international internship opportunities.
- Take the Careers Course offered through your major department. (See specific departments for prerequisite details.)
- Become actively involved in student organizations and activities. Run for office, assume leadership roles, and/or join a committee.
- Obtain as much career-related experience as possible through internships, on- or off-campus jobs, involvement in student organizations, and volunteer work.
- Visit Career Services to strategize your job search.
- If relevant, visit the Career Resource Center (CLB 235) to identify prospective graduate or professional school programs.
- Continue to learn about careers of interest by visiting the Career Resource Center and talking to friends, family members, academic advisors, and professors.
- Explore the Internet for information about careers, professional organizations, and companies of interest to you.
- Arrange volunteer activities by visiting the Student Involvement and Leadership Development Office (CLB 150).
- Participate in Career Services programs on resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategies or meet with one of their counselors.
- Fine-tune your communication, leadership, foreign language, and computer skills via paid work experience, volunteer activities, internships, and active involvement in student and community organizations.
- Go to Senior Year Job Search.
- Utilize Huskies Get Hired and participate in On-Campus Recruiting.
- Attend one or both university-wide job fairs and pertinent COB career events.
- Identify and research employers, using online sources and the Career Resource Center, CLB 235.