Career Compass

Whether you're not sure what area of business is right for you or you've known what your major would be since you were five, our Career Compass Program is designed to help you become familiar with the College of Business. The program will help you discover more about yourself, decide on an academic path and start preparing to reach your career destination.


The Career Compass Program is required for all students who started at NIU as freshmen and have declared, or changed to, a major within the College of Business (the program is optional for transfer students). You must complete the eight-week course and receive a minimum grade of C in order to be eligible to enroll in FINA 320, MGMT 335 or MKTG 310.

Course Information

All sections of the UBUS 100 Career Compass course are one credit hour, graded and assessed a fee of $100. You're strongly encouraged to attend and complete the program once you've enrolled for a given semester, as you'll be assessed additional fees if you need to repeat the program.

Course Registration

You can register through MyNIU during the regular course registration process. If you have difficulty registering, please contact Megan Woodruff, Career Compass coordinator, at 815-753-1325 or

Career Compass Timeline

  • 1


    Complete a self assessment through CareerLeader® software, which is used by more than 400 top business schools and corporations. Unlike previous aptitude tests you may have taken, this software creates an individualized report centered solely around the field of business. It will help identify your business interests, abilities and motivators and pinpoint your strengths, weaknesses and potential organizational culture matches.

  • 2


    Get introduced to the distinctive characteristics of each of the six majors in the College of Business. Become informed on what differentiates the majors and the career and employment options to which they lead. Make connections between your CareerLeader® assessment results and the major that fits you best. Explore additional education opportunities, such as minors and certificates, that will help create your personal career path and help you reach your career goals.

  • 3


    Begin to explore the tools you will need to help you reach your career destination. Gain knowledge of professional communications, such as resume writing and cover letters. Learn about the importance of internships, including how to conduct an internship search and get the most out of internship and job fairs. Learn how to identify new networking opportunities, as well as how to recognize existing networking resources to which you already have access.

Career Compass Coordinator

Megan Woodruff
Undergraduate Studies in Business, BH 201

Contact Us

Barsema Hall 201


8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

NIU College of Business AACSB Accredited

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