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Students connecting with Career Development early have a 30% greater chance of securing jobs or graduate school acceptance than those that waited to be seniors

Equipped to Succeed & Empowered to Lead


There are moments in your student's life that thrill you like—taking their first step, holding your hand on purpose, volunteering to help those in need, graduating, moving into a successful career. Career Development wasn't there for those early moments, but we are here now to help your student move into a successful career. In partnership with you, the Career Development team is committed to serving your student, and helping them to become true leaders in the workforce. We want to give them the tools and opportunities needed to realize their career potential.

You can help us achieve this goal by encouraging your student to explore our resources and services, beginning their first semester on campus and continuing after they graduate. Data shows that students connecting with Career Development early have a 30% greater chance of securing jobs or graduate school acceptance than those that waited to be seniors. 

The Career Development team at Northwestern values your student and offers:

  • Resources and services to practically equip them for an ever-changing workforce
  • Tools and coaching to help them explore available opportunities
  • Internships and hands-on experiences to empower them to pursue a fulfilling career
  • Intentional networking with employers and alumni to discover career opportunities

How does Northwestern determine the employment rate of its graduates?

Following the standard practice of most colleges and universities, Northwestern obtains information about the employment status of students at exit and follows up with graduates between 6 and 9 months after graduation. Data from the follow up survey is reported in April of each year for the previous complete academic year (December and May graduates).

How reliable is the information?

Graduates give a self-report on their employment status. Northwestern works diligently to get a response rate for the follow up survey that meets or exceed standards for statistical reliability.

What does Northwestern do to help graduates find fulfilling work?

Career Development provides a range of free services for students and alumni, including career coaching and professional development events, both on and off campus. Career coaches provide training in job search strategies, interviewing, resume writing, and other professional development topics. Northwestern also utilizes Handshake, an online job-posting platform where students and alumni can search and apply for jobs.

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