UCS Express Advising Center
UCS offers express hours that provide career-related assistance to answer quick questions on a drop-in basis. A typical walk-in lasts 5–15 minutes. The UCS practitioner will inquire about your current needs, explain relevant services, recommend resources, and refer you as needed.
Express services are offered Monday through Friday from 2-4 p.m. at our Express Advising Center in the Northwestern University Library on the second floor in the North tower, also known as the "Core."
While the Express Advising Center is not meant to serve as a substitution for the full services found at our main office at 620 Lincoln, it is a convenient location for quick and individualized drop-in services.
Individual Counseling Appointments
UCS has experienced staff members with whom you can discuss your specific questions and concerns. Sessions are confidential and there is no limit to the number of individual appointments you can attend. A UCS practitioner may refer you to other staff members based on your unique needs. Popular topics for appointments are: Full-time Job Search, Internship Search, Deciding on a Career Path, Resume Writing, Cover Letter Writing, Interviewing Tips, Mock Interviews and Networking. Click here to make an appointment with your career counselor or advisor today.
UCS offers career assessments that can help you identify and organize your interests, values, and skills. A Career Counselor or the Associate Director for Career Development will evaluate which assessments are appropriate for you.
Graduate/Professional School Advisement
UCS Career Counselors can help you determine if graduate or professional school is the next step for you. Our services include helping you identify appropriate programs, writing effective personal statements, and presenting yourself in a professional manner during interviews.
CareerCat is an online internship and job database offered by UCS. This resource offers full-time positions and summer/academic year internships. In addition, we offer access to iNet, an internship-only database that lists opportunities across the country. Employers in these databases have specifically selected Northwestern as a school to receive their listings. To access these databases, visit the UCS website.
CareerCat functions as the primary vehicle for navigating and managing On-Campus Recruiting. Employers from a variety of industries visit campus to promotetheir respective employment opportunities to current Northwestern students. Employers hold information sessions, host workshops, attend career fairs, and/or conduct interviews.
This is an online career development tool that allows you to plan and document your unique learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. You can use this system to create and share multiple portfolios that highlight your achievements and upload documents to demonstrate your knowledge and experience. Learn more about NU-Portfolio today.
Workshops, Events & Career Fairs
Throughout the year our office sponsors hundreds of workshops and events on various career related topics. Our major career fairs offer students the opportunity to network with some of the top companies in their industries, and for those looking to hire Northwestern students our talent cannot be beat. Check our calendar often for upcoming events and workshops.
One of the first universities in the country to serve alumni, UCS has been providing assistance to NU alumni for early 100 years. Whether you are beginning your career, exploring options, re-entering the job market, or a seasoned professional, UCS-Alumni Career Services can provide you with a comprehensive set of services.
Companies and organizations can partner with UCS to recruit from our diverse and talented student and alumni populations through on campus recruiting, career fairs, networking events and company visits. For more information please visit our employer services section.