Career Launch

Everyday steps. Epic careers.

Start Early. Start Late. Just Start.

If your calling is loud and clear, what are you waiting for? Start preparing. Line up your shadowing or internship options. Add skills like etiquette and resume writing to your toolbox. Work through your major. Plan.

If you’re still listening, start exploring. Talk to people who love the same subjects you do. Volunteer to test how you can meet the world’s needs and build the skills that work in any career. Raise your hand. Ask. Listen.

3 Steps to a Great Career

  • Step 1: Explore

    So, you didn’t know you wanted to be a dentist in third grade. You still know a lot about your gifts, interests, and possible direction—you just may not have words for it yet.

    Pay attention. Take the tests. Volunteer. Serve others, pray, and listen. It will become clear. 

    Career Exploration & Self-Assessment Resources:

    • College Central Network (CCN)—also connects you with NGU Career Advisors
    • Monster’s guide to career assessments
    • CareerOneStop, a US government site
    • MyPlan combines a career wiki with various tests and tools
    • O*Net has career exploration tools as well as tons of data on different jobs and careers
  • Step 2: Prepare

    Must-do Action Steps:

    • Set up a College Central Network (CCN) account.
    • Work on your resume through CCN—yes, even if you’re still in your first year at NGU.
    • Schedule a career advising or resume buffing appointment through CCN.
    • Talk to your academic advisor. Oh, and listen, too.

    Great Preparation Steps:

    • Commit to a volunteer leadership role in a related club, church group, or service project.
    • Attend an etiquette dinner sponsored by Career Planning at NGU.
    • Research graduate schools.

    Career Prep Resources:

  • Step 3: Launch
    • Update your CCN information.
    • Network: attend career fairs, professional events, conferences, meet-ups, etc. Polish your LinkedIn profile.
    • Draft and polish cover letters. Read your friends’ cover letters, too. Help each other do better.
    • Apply to graduate school if that’s your career’s next step—early in the fall semester of your senior year at NGU.
    • Schedule a job search assistance appointment with us through CCN.

College Central Network: A free career tool for students and alumni. It’s also the way you set up an appointment with an NGU Career Advisor. (Alum or Employer? Follow the link and select your category from the top menu.)

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