Our Career Education Model

The NDMU Career Education model illuminates a liberal arts education by:

  • Engaging students in experiences that use individual strengths
  • Making meaning about these experiences
  • Prioritizing the use of language to demonstrate and reveal an individual’s interests and career-readiness competencies

NDMU students test the intersection of self and society, exploring their curiosities, and creating connections in communities of interest.

Elements of Our Model

  • Meaning-Making: We teach that an individual’s life and career design can be relayed to others through the components of story.
  • Experiential Learning: We promote internships as well as other opportunities for applied and co-curricular learning.
  • Connections: We support networks of students, alumnae/alumni, employers, and stakeholders.
  • Career Advancement: We provide assistance for all career stages.

Four Year Career Development Plan

First Year - Explore Your Options
  1. Create a Handshake Profile
    HANDSHAKE is a social media environment, jobs/internship/volunteer opportunities board, and virtual event forum. Open the profile visibility to the NDMU Community and to Employers to reach out to others with questions.
  2. Create a LinkedIn Profile
    LinkedIn is a professional profile site for researching working professionals.
  3. Build a resume.
  4. Discover your strengths, interests, values, and personality.
    Use resources from the Career Center’s website and from the First Year Experience course to build your self-knowledge.
  5. Discover majors and occupations.
    Take a variety of courses.
Sophomore – Engage with Others
  1. Meet with people to talk about careers and occupations. Connect with working professionals and alumnae/alumni in your fields of interests.
  2. Gain awareness of the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.
  3. Get Involved.
    Join one NDMU’s 50+ clubs and organizations.
  4. Audit Your Online Persona.
    Check your social media and be mindful of the impression your posting may have on potential employers.
  5. Attend a career event/fair. See Handshake.
Junior – Gain Experience
  1. Participate in a part-time job, internship, or job shadow.
  2. Contribute to research, volunteer, or study abroad.
  3. Prepare a Post-Graduation Plan
    Graduate school, full-time job or fellowship? Begin to evaluate your options.
  4. Attend a career event/fair.