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.
Create or update your profile on the ACE Connect and College Central Network where you'll be able to upload a résumé and connect with employers for internships and jobs. Even if you aren’t looking for a new opportunity right now, registering on these sites will give you an understanding about employers who are seeking BenU students and alumni.
Research career fields and occupations to determine what might be a great fit for you, if you haven’t found it already.
Revise your résumé and cover letter. Are you changing careers? Talk to a career advisor about how to most effectively format and structure your résumé.
Check in with your career advisor and revise and update your résumé if needed. Continue your career exploration and research. Add to your professional online presence by creating or updating your LinkedIn profile.
Connect with fellow alumni and other community members to complete informational interviews and job shadowing experiences to learn more about your projected career path and feel confident in your decisions.
Speak with your academic advisor, professors, or former professors and ask for recommendations regarding networking opportunities.
If an internship is required in your degree, determine when you want to complete that experience so you can start a timeline for the application process.
Research and start to apply for internships or jobs.
ENGAGE and EMERGE
Make an appointment with your career advisor, and update your résumé, other job search documents and LinkedIn page as needed.
Actively seek, apply and interview for jobs. Participate in on-campus interviews when available; attend CareerFest through the College Career Consortium of Illinois (CCCI); 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 advisor. Research starting salaries in your industry and talk about when and how to negotiate.
Continue to attend networking events and practice professional communication and etiquette.
Good luck and keep in touch! Let your career advisor know when you have accepted an internship or full-time position.
Goodwin Hall, Room 214
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
For additional information, contact ACE@ben.edu or (630) 829-6041.