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.
Determine what activities in addition to your coursework will make you a more competitive applicant as you continue in your graduate degree program and after you graduate (e.g., part-time work, internship, volunteering, etc.).
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 alumni and other community members to complete informational interviews and job shadowing experiences to learn more about your projected career path and feel more confident in your decisions.
Meet with your academic advisor and ask for recommendations regarding networking opportunities.
Determine the parameters of your job search: geographic location, size and type of company you wish to work for, field, etc.
Identify targeted companies and organizations. Talk to your career advisor 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. Join the BenU Network and connect with the Office of Alumni Relations to get connected with fellow Benedictine alumni.
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.
Goodwin Hall, Room 214
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
For additional information, contact ACE@ben.edu or (630) 829-6041.