FAQ

  1. My child is interested in “everything” and his having a difficult time choosing a major.  What should he/she do? 
  2. Does major determine or limit career choice?
  3. How can I best assist my student with his/her career development? 
  4. What attributes do employers look for? 
  5. When should my student start using the TCC? 
  6. Can my student take a career “test” to figure out what he/she wants to do? 
  7. Tell me about student “placement”. 
  8. Can my student network with alumni?  
  9. Should my student have an internship after his/her first year? 
  10. What services do you offer? 
  11. What resources do you offer to help students with finding jobs and internships? 
  12. What types of employers recruit at ND? 
  13. How do I (or my student) learn about upcoming career events
  14. My student is a senior interested in advertising (for example) and doesn’t have a job and it’s November!  


My child is interested in “everything” and his having a difficult time choosing a major.  What should he/she do? 

  • It’s very normal for students to experience difficulty when it comes to choosing a major.  Many ND students enjoy and excel at a number of different subjects.  To help students narrow down their options, we encourage them to explore broadly and engage in self-assessment.  Students should take a wide range of classes in their first year to ascertain which they truly enjoy most.  Students should talk with older students and faculty to learn more about the disciplines that interest them the most.  They should also take time to reflect on their values, interests, personality, and skills and gauge how those fit with the subject areas they are studying.  Additionally, they can meet with a member of the Engage team in our office who can show them how to research careers and majors through our Online Resources.  And, of course, they should meet with their First Year Advisor to discuss course requirements and curricula.

Does major determine or limit career choice?

  • We believe that major does not determine your student’s career path.  Instead, we encourage students to study what he or she enjoy, examine their values, interests, and personality, and explore careers related to what they have learned about themselves.  Notre Dame alumni from all majors go on to a wide range of career paths.  For more information regarding students’ plans following graduation, please review the First Destination Survey Data compiled by the Office of Institutional Research.  

How can I best assist my student with his/her career development? 

  • Career development is a lifelong and unique process and constantly needs revisiting and revising.  For these reasons, The Career Center is dedicated to meeting the students where they are in the career development process.  Rather than taking a “grab and go” career approach, we’d like students to look within to help them determine how to outwardly move forward.  
  • One of the first steps includes helping the student know him/herself by identifying his/her V(values), I(interests), P(personality) and S(skills).  Students often meet with The Career Center Career Coaches to sort through and make sense of all of this information.  Students can now schedule their appointments online.
  • Once the student knows him/herself, they can begin exploring various careers by:
    • Conducting Informational interviews with alumni and people in the career area of their interest
    • Finding Internships within a specific field
    • Networking at career fairs, employer information sessions, football games - the possibilities are endless
  • When the student is thinking about pursuing a specific career within a particular industry, The Career Center has industry specialists designated to help the students.  It is highly recommended that the students schedule an appointment with one of those Career Coaches.  Again, appointments can be scheduled online.
  • It is important to remember that it is the responsibility of the student to take charge of his or her own career.  It is a unique process and often chaotic but in the end worth the empowering experience.  

What attributes do employers look for? 

  • According to NACE’s (National Association for Colleges and Employers) 2016 survey, employers seek the following attributes (in order):  leadership, ability to work on a team, written communication, problem-solving, verbal communication, strong work ethic, initiative, analytical skills, flexibility, technical, interpersonal skills (relate well to others), computer, detail-oriented, organizational, friendly, strategic planning, creativity, tactfulness, and entrepreneurial.

This list is a wonderful way for your student to approach a variety of college-aged activities in terms of gaining specific skills.  Here is a worksheet to help them track their skills based on University learning outcomes: http://careercenter.nd.edu/assets/136645/skills_matrix.pdf  


When should my student start using the TCC? 

  • There is no specific time students should start using the TCC as each student has a unique career development journey.  Every first year student will engage with TCC content and resources during the Moreau First Year Experience course and again through their College as part of the Sophomore Check-up program. We welcome them to come to The Career Center early and often.

Can my student take a career “test” to figure out what he/she wants to do? 

  • The Career Center offers assessments that can aid students in the career discernment process, but there is no magic bullet “test” that will tell students exactly what they should do.  We recommend that students begin with our VIPS (values, interests, personality, and skills) inventories.
    • It’s possible that our additional assessments - the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - may be beneficial as well.  The Strong assesses interests (the “what” of career development), while the MBTI assesses personality (the “how” of career development)  Students must first meet with a career coach on the Engage team to determine if these assessments are appropriate.  Sometimes for the assessments to be most beneficial a student should take the time to gain experiences through activities and other career exploration exercises first.

Tell me about student “placement”. 

  • The Career Center does not conduct “placement” for students.   After all, it is the student that is networking, writing their own resume, applying to positions, and conducting their own interviews.   We can help them develop these necessary skills but it truly is their achievement, their accomplishment in the end.  We are here to help them learn these skills to succeed in whatever path they choose to pursue. 
    • Often we will show the students and parents first destination data as a tool for career exploration and guidance. 

Can my student network with alumni?  


Should my student have an internship after his/her first year? 

  • The short answer to this question is “no”.  The word “internship” can sometimes evoke a sense of anxiety and the feeling from students that “I must have an internship my first summer or I am a lost cause”.  However, the summer after a student’s first year an “internship” is not a necessity.  In many industries, organizations don’t hire first year students - they may only hire interns that are rising juniors and seniors because they have more experience and coursework completed.  Still that doesn’t mean that a rising sophomore should sit around doing nothing.  We strongly encourage these students to do something to gain experience - whether it’s a regular summer job (i.e., retail, life-guarding, customer service, administrative office roles, etc.), research, study abroad, service, or, possibly, an internship.  These activities will allow a student to learn more about him/herself, gain professional experience, and build his/her resume - all critical pieces of career development!  Students can meet with a career coach on the Engage team to discuss how to explore summer opportunities as a first year.

What services do you offer? 

  • The Career Center provides students with career counseling and career development services, self-assessments, workshops, presentations for academic departments, career fairs, and mock interviews--just to name a few!  Upcoming events are listed on our homepage and in Go IRISH.  Students can schedule a career coaching appointment online or by calling (574) 631-5200.

What resources do you offer to help students with finding jobs and internships? 

  • We offer two primary avenues: Go IRISH and our Online Resources.  Go IRISH is Notre Dame’s online recruiting database with postings for both internship and full-time opportunities.  This resource is available to Notre Dame students only.  We also have a robust offering of additional tools through the Online Resources section of our website.  Here students can access numerous databases for career exploration, job/internship searching, company research, salary information, and current industry/organization issues.  We also have a Fields section which contains information and databases specific to a number of industries.  On top of this, we encourage students to network and utilize the strong ND alumni connections.  Career coaches can guide students through this process and familiarize them with LinkedIn and mynotredame.nd.edu to be most effective in their networking.

What types of employers recruit at ND? 

  • Every year employers representing several industries/organizations and job functions (for profit, nonprofit, fellowship, and research) either conduct on-campus interviews or post jobs on the Go IRISH system.  Over 6,000 on-campus interviews were conducted in 2015-2016 and over 4,700  jobs were posted to Go IRISH.  The postings included 2,800 full-time positions and 1,900 internships, fellowships, and volunteer positions.

How do I (or my student) learn about upcoming career events

  • A multitude of different ways!  Students will receive bi-weekly emails from us with upcoming events.  Additionally you and your student can see what’s coming up on our homepage: careercenter.nd.edu.  In the middle of the page you’ll see our Upcoming Events.  Students can find the same information on Go IRISH.  We also market our events individually so students should watch for emails from The Career Center!

My student is a senior interested in advertising (for example) and doesn’t have a job and it’s November!  

  • The recruitment timeline varies widely from industry to industry.  It’s very common for many industries, like advertising, to hire only when the need arises (AKA, “just-in-time hiring”), while others hire very early in the school year.  For more information, please see the table below.
GENERAL RECRUITING TIMELINES
Fall Recruiting
Spring to Summer Recruiting

Accounting

Actuarial

Consulting

Education

Engineering Fields

Financial Services

Government Sector

Healthcare

Insurance

Investment Banking

Marketing

Post-Graduate Service

Retail

Technology

 

 

 

 

Architecture

Advertising

Design Fields

Education

Entertainment/Media

Government Sector

Human Resources

Insurance

Marketing

NGO’s

Nonprofit Sector

Post-Graduate Service

Public Relations

Publishing

Real Estate

Research

Sports/Recreation

Sales

There are ALWAYS exceptions, but these are the general hiring timelines for internships and full-time positions.