Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
Make the grades and maintain a 3.0 GPA or above; seek the help of peer tutors if needed from the Student Success Center.
Sophomore Year: EXPERIENCE
Check in with your Career Development adviser - revise and update your resume if needed. Continue your career exploration and research. Add to your professional online presence by creating a LinkedIn profile.
Connect with alumni and other community members to complete informational interviews and job shadowing experiences to learn more your projected career path and feel confident in your decisions.
Talk to us about finding a mentor through the Benedictine University Mentorship Program (B.U.M.P.).
Pursue leadership roles in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and volunteer efforts.
Seek part-time employment in a professional environment. Look at student employment opportunities on campus or other opportunities off campus through the two virtual career centers.
Declare your major. If you aren't certain about selecting a major, make an appointment to complete a career assessment through our office, as well as your academic adviser.
Research and start to apply for externships and internships.
Look into additional experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad.
Junior Year: ENGAGE
Make an appointment with you career adviser. Update your job search documents and LinkedIn page.
Participate in internships and externships in your field.
Research the job market in your areas of interest as well as graduate school. Utilize resources in the Career Resource Library to help in your research. Take practice entrance exams.
Attend workshops on preparing for graduate school, career and internship fairs.
Do your best to continue earning good grades: Remember that employers and graduate schools often look for a 3.0 GPA and above.
Build your networking and interviewing skills. Attend networking events produced by Career Development and Alumni Development.
Schedule a practice interview with your career adviser.
Attend a study abroad program, building your intercultural appreciation, language and communication skills, flexibility and adaptability.
Senior Year: EMERGE
Check in with your career development adviser and review your campus-to-career plan. Update your job search documents and LinkedIn profile. Set your job search objectives and create a timeline.
Submit your updated job search documents to the virtual career centers.
Determine the parameters of your job search: geographic location, size and type of company you wish to work for, field, etc.
Identify target companies and organizations. Talk to your career adviser about how to tailor your cover letters and other documents to your targeted companies.
Continue networking: Attend events on campus and through professional associations of particular interest to you. Connect with the Alumni Development office to get connected with fellow Benedictine alumni.
Actively seek, apply and interview for entry-level jobs. Participate in on-campus interviews when available; attend CareerFest through ISCPA; apply to jobs posted online; rely on your developing network for news about potential jobs that would be a good match for you.
Make an appointment to do a practice interview with your career adviser. Research starting salaries in your industry and talk about when and how to negotiate.
Begin building your professional wardrobe. Continue to attend networking events and practice professional communication and etiquette.