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Coming Events:

Benedictine University's Graduation Fair, Tuesday, November 17, 2015 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. Krasa Center, Second Floor

  • Pick up your cap and gown

  • Pick up Commencement tickets

  • Obtain Commencement information

  • Have your cap and gown picture taken by a GradImages photographer

  • Receive information about alumni benefits and Career Development Center services

  • Purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame

  • Order personalized announcements

  • Discuss your financial obligations

  • Participate in a raffle and enjoy refreshments

Mark you calendars as this is the ONLY date available to pick up your cap and gown prior to Commencement. For more information visit


Weekly Events:

CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS, offered daily from 12:30 - 1:20 PM, Tues - Thurs, in the Career Development Technology Center, Krasa 012 (unless otherwise marked). This schedule is subject to change; please check with Career Development staff for potential changes and the most up-to-date schedule.

Experiential Learning - Why Do I Need this to Get a Job? - How can you get an insider's point of view into a certain industry or occupation? How do you know if you've chosen the right career path? Talk to people who have done it already and ask thoughtful questions, and see them in action in their own workplace. We'll discuss how to approach professionals of interest, sample questions to ask, and what can be gained through life changing experiential learning experiences such as informational interview and job shadows.

LinkedIn and Online Networking - Create a well organized LinkedIn profile and learn how to network online successfully with professionals in your areas of interest.

Land the Perfect Internship! - For today's college students and graduates, it's more important than ever to have hands-on experiences in your field. We'll talk about how to search for and find meaningful internships so you're better prepared for and more competitive in the workforce.

Making Your "Major" Decision - Accounting or anthropology . . . biology or bilingual journalism . . . chemistry or computer science . . . Sometimes we need help with those "ABCs." We need tools to ask ourselves the right questions so we feel confident in our choices. If you're not certain what course of study to pursue, join us for this session of self-exploration and discovery!

Nail the Interview - Preparing for a professional interview for an internship, job or graduate school? If your answer is yes, or even maybe, to any or all of the above, join us for this workshop and get a jump start on your interview preparation and professional story-telling skills!

Navigating a Job Fair - Job and internship fairs can be a great way to connect with employers, research positions of interest, and increase your potential to get an interview by making a positive impression. Join us to learn how to maximize your experience and how to best prepare for and perform at a career fair.

Networking 101 & Job Search Strategies - Is there any truth to the saying "it's all about who you know" in the job search? Yes, there is. Join us for this workshop to learn various methods to build and sustain your network and develop effective job search strategies.

Resume & Cover Letter Writing - Learn how to write a competitive resume and cover letter, your essential tools in the job and internship search. This workshop focuses primarily on resume writing with an introduction to cover letter writing, providing additional helpful resources and next steps.

Writing Personal Statements - Thinking about going to graduate school? Join Writing Learning Specialist, Anne Marie Smith to learn how to craft a Personal Statement at this workshop. Don't wait until the last minute! Even the best writers need help with them! Learn what to include and what to exclude; find out about common errors and how to avoid them; and explore campus and online resources. 

Daily Events:

Need assistance with resume or cover letter writing? Curious about any other program or service offered through Career Development? Drop in during our daily walk-in hours, Tuesday through Friday. No appointment is needed during the walk-in periods.

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


External Events: 

See below and stay tuned for more career development related events happening in and around our community!

Executive Status Network

This community networking group meets the first Monday of each month on Benedictine University's campus from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Executive Status Network is a job searching networking group. Their members include business professionals from varied backgrounds who are employed or seeking employment. A typical member would be a manager, technical specialist or business professional who is accustomed to leadership responsibilities. The purpose is to enhance job search capabilities by sharing information with other members. 
  • Serving the Western suburbs for nearly 20 years
  • Open to all work disciplines and levels
  • Focus on getting participants (unemployed or underemployed) moving in the right direction
  • Provide an understanding of today's search tools (elevator speech, handbill, local job clubs and other resources)
For more information and to RSVP for the next event, please email Mr. Allan Larson, the event facilitator, or call the Career Development office at 630.829.6041.

Looking for more community events to expand your professional network? Download this list of area job clubs and networking groups. If one looks interesting to you, be sure to call ahead of time as contact information may have changed.


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Internship and Experiential Learning Fair, October 29, 2015, 11:30-2:30

Looking for an internship, volunteering, service learning or study abroad opportunities? Do you want to stand out and "B" competitive and marketable from other candidates? Add internships and volunteering to your resume!
WHAT IS EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING? Learning through experience! Experiential learning is a process through which students develop skills and understand their values from experiences outside a traditional classroom setting. Our goal is to promote personal and professional development by utilizing a holistic approach including experiential learning, and educate through the career planning process by encompassing a variety of activities such as internships, job shadowing, informational interviews, service learning, research, study abroad, and other creative and professional work experiences.
Attend the Internship and Experiential Learning Fair on Thursday, October 29th from 11:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Krasa ABC and D to see all of the variety of opportunities available to you.
WHAT IS NEEDED?1. RSVP in the Benedictine Virtual Career Center for the event.2. Show up with your best smile, a strong, firm handshake and lots of copies of your resume.3. Ask lots of questions!4. Upload your resume in the Benedictine Virtual Career Center for review and critiquing from a career advisor before the event. You can print several copies of these approved resumes and bring to the event to prospective employers and organizations! Create a profile in our Benedictine Virtual Career Center (BVCC) it's quick and free! Already have an account setup with us? Great! Click onto the Career Events, Workshops & Webinars tab (top right on your announcement homepage in the BVCC to register for this free event. EMPLOYERS Looking for interns and/or volunteers? Want to meet lots of potential candidates all at once? Create a profile in our Benedictine Virtual Career Center (BVCC) it's quick and free! Already have an account set up with us? Great! Click onto the Career Events, Workshops & Webinars tab (top right on your announcement homepage in the BVCC to register for this free event.

BVCC Employer registration/login click here

BVCC Student & Alumni registration/login click here

For a list of participating employers, please see this link.


Date Your Major October 28th, 5:00 - 6:30 P.M. Goodwin Lobby East

Attend this "speed dating" session. You will have the opportunity to mingle with current College of BUsiness graduate students and explore programs such as MBA, M.S. in Business Analytics & many more.

Stop by for a few minutes or stay the length of the session - it's up to you. This is your chance to learn about the Colllege of Business graduate programs and find out which one is your perfect match!

RSVP to Amanda Skarosi at or call 630-829-6311


Fall Interview Day, October 14, 2015, 8:45-4:30

Open to Accounting, Finance, Business, Math Computer Science/IT Majors

50+ Professional Positions and Internships

20+ Participating Employers

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ashton Place, Willowbrook, IL


  1. Go to the ISCPA Online Career Center.
  2. Upload your resume in plenty of time for it to e reviewed, revised, and approved by Friday, September 25, 2015. Application period begins on September 14th.
  3. Review all positions carefully and apply/submit your approved resume only to those you would accept if the position were offered to you. You must submit a resume to each position in which you have an interest.
Candidates will be notified of interview selection status.

Fall Interview day gives you the potential for multiple interviews in one convenient location. This event is available to you because Benedictine University is a member of Illinois Call College Placement Association (ISCPA).

Student Employment Fair

The Career Development Center is sponsoring a Student Employment Job Fair for students interested in filling student worker positions during the school year. The job fair will be held from 11:30-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2 in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. 
Additionally, we will have three breakouts from 12:30am to1:20pm during the fair that you can attend. Each breakout will last approximately 20 minutes, allowing you to attend two breakouts of your choice. The breakouts are as follows:
  • Finding Your Pot of Gold
  • Making Your "Major" Decision
  • Understanding Your Values

Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities, April 14, 2015:

BENDER career fair 2015
Are you a person with a disability looking for a career opportunity or internship?
This virtual career fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend.
  • Unique opportunity for college students and college grads with disabilities to meet online with employers across the nation including ANSYS, Epic, Medtronic, National Security Agency, Nestle Purina, Verizon, and more!
  • Students and alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions.
  • For more information, please contact or call 770.980.0088.

TEKsystems Career Night

On April 6th TEKsystems is hosting a career night in there Downers Grove location. This is a great opportunity for those that are interested in pursuing a sales career to see what the real world is like, and also to get a better understanding of the IT services industry. If you are interested in attending please contact Dan Troy, Director of Business Operations at 630-795-3352 or

Fall in Love with Your Career! February 11th & 12th, 12:15 p.m.

Join the CPEs for a two-day event in Kindlon at 12:15. Stop at Career Development stations sure to sweeten your outlook on your job readiness.

  • Feb. 11 - Wednesday - Birck-Kindlon Corridor (2nd floor)
  • Feb. 12 - Thursday - Kindlon Atrium (1st floor)

What says Valentine's Day like resumes, cover letters and elevator speeches? Not much else when you're in love with what you do. If you haven't yet found your true career love, all the more reason to join us! Stop at Career Development activities including:

  • Are you a sweet talker?
  • "Date" your resume...
  • "Kiss & Tell" cover letter
  • Dress to impress!

Get a ticket at each station to get your FREE PIZZA at the end. Want to win a fantastic prize? Enter our PHOTO CONTEST via Facebook: like our page, BenUCareer, and post a picture showing what you love the most this Valentine's Day.
Look for our CPEs in Kindlon this week!

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CAREER FEST - January 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., North Central College

Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard Street, Naperville, IL, 60540
All Benedictine students and alumni are welcome to attend! Network with 80+ employers and learn about internship and job opportunities, including teaching positions. To see employers registered to date, log on to
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for opportunities in the business sector (including non-profits)
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for opportunities within school districts
Register for CareerFest by January 23 in the Career Development Center

in Krasa 010 and pay the reduced fee of $10. Registration fee on the date at the door is $20. Go to to upload your resume and see the full list of employers.

Career Fest_Poster_2015_v4_4CareerFest Workshops/Walk-up Resume Reviews

Join us for workshops on resume writing, creating an excellent elevator speech and other networking skills. Don't miss this great opportunity to look for a job or internship & networking with professionals!

Workshops in the Career Technology Center: Krasa 012 - 12:30 to 1:20pm

Tuesday, Jan. 20 - Writing a Winning Reusme
Wednesday, Jan. 21 - Maximize Success at CareerFest: Networking Skills
Thursday, Jan. 22 - Writing a Winning Resume

Tuesday, Jan. 27 - Maximize Success at CareerFest: Networking Skills
Wednesday, Jan. 28 - Writing a Winning Resume
Thursday, Jan. 29 - Maximize Success at CareerFest: Networking Skills

Walk-up Resume Reviews:

No appointment needed: 12:30 to 2:30pm
Three Days: Wednesday, Jan. 21, Thursday, Jan. 22 and Thursday, Jan. 29
Two Locations: Krasa (second floor) and Kindlon (first floor open area) CPEs and Career Development staff are ready to review your resume!

Student Life

Julie Cosimo, Ed.D. Director
Career Development
Phone: (630) 829-6040
Fax: (630) 829-6043

Krasa Center, Lower Level Room 010
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m