Career Workshops and Presentations

We deliver workshops and presentations to NIU classes, student organizations, and departments. Featuring content developed by our career advisors, these events reach thousands of students each year.

We welcome the opportunity to partner with you and your class or organization. Though we can't guarantee availability for all requests, our goal is to connect with as many NIU students as possible.

Request a Workshop or Presentation

To request a workshop or presentation, email us at careerservices@niu.edu:

  • Submit requests at least three weeks before your preferred program date.
  • Allow three business days for a response.

Please note: Our staff has limited availability the two weeks before the October and February career and internship fairs. Please submit requests for this time especially early.

Format and Location

We'll work with you to identify the best format for your program. Depending on day, time and staff/venue availability, we may suggest an in-person or an online program:

  • If your program will be in person and your group meets off campus, you'll need to arrange a suitable on-campus meeting space.
  • If your in-person program will take place outside of Career Services, you'll need to arrange a meeting space and any presentation technology in advance.

Available Sessions

Workshop and presentation topics align with our four-part career success formula:

  • Confident Choices: Finding the right major/minor and career path.
  • Qualifications: Building skills and experiences for a desired career.
  • Search Strategies: Pursuing an internship, job and/or graduate program.
  • Connections/Support: Getting the support needed to reach career goals.

Introduction to Career Success

  • Getting Started with Career Planning: Your Four-Part Success Formula (45-60 minutes): An introduction to creating and reaching career development goals (recommended for everyone).

Confident Choices

  • Career Choice Basics (60 minutes): Exploring academic and career options using resources such as career testing.
  • Career Options for Your Major: Plan with Confidence (60-75 minutes): Career options for different majors and skills needed for success in those areas.  
  • Confused? Career Clusters Can Help (45 minutes): How interests and passions can help guide the career selection process.

Qualifications

  • Get Qualified: Are You "Career Ready"? (60 minutes): How to identify and acquire the qualifications employers are seeking.
  • Build Your Brand: Professionalism and Your Reputation (60 minutes): Creating and managing your personal brand through everyday experiences.

Search Skills

  • Search for Your Future: Finding Internship and Job Openings (60 minutes): The basics of the internship and job search process.
  • Interviewing: The Essentials (60 minutes): What to do before, during and after an interview. Video interviewing is addressed.
  • Resume Writing: The Essentials (60 minutes): Creating an effective resume and communicating value to employers.
  • Huskies, Get Hired! (60 minutes): Using the Huskie Get Hired online system to search for jobs and internships.

Connections/Support 

  • Developing a Great LinkedIn Profile (60 minutes): Tips for crafting an exciting LinkedIn profile (participants should create LinkedIn accounts in advance).
  • Using LinkedIn Every Day (60 minutes): The five things you should do every day to make the most of LinkedIn (participants should create LinkedIn accounts in advance).
  • Information Interviewing: Gaining the Insider's Perspective on Your Career (60 minutes): Connecting with people who can give you the inside scoop on your future career.

Contact Us

Career Services
220 Campus Life Building
815-753-1642
CareerServices@niu.edu

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

If you're a current student, you can schedule an appointment via Navigate. If you're alumni or faculty/staff, please complete this form and we will get back to you promptly.

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