Finding a Major or a Career

Individual Appointments With a Career Counselor

Career planning can be an overwhelming process, complicated by many factors including self-perceptions, others' expectations, and the economy.  The UCS career counselors are trained to listen to your concerns about any aspect of your career development.  Career Counselors are available for 60 minute appointments where they will help you:

  • Explore majors and/or careers that might be a good fit for you
  • Clarify your career/major goals
  • Choose a career direction for internships or full-time job search
  • Assess your skills, abilities, interests, and priorities
  • Locate general and specific career information
  • Learn to write effective resumes and cover letters
  • Navigate the graduate or professional school process
  • Expose obstacles which might hinder your career choices
  • Develop decision making sills
  • Find answers to your questions

What to Expect From Your Career Counselor

Career counselors are trained to listen to you, help you formulate goals based on your needs, and assist you in finding the best resources to meet those needs. Formal assessments are often used to help you determine a realistic action plan to meet your goals.  UCS career counselors are genuinely willing to help.

10 Reasons You Should See a Career Counselor

  1. You are struggling with choosing a major and need some help narrowing down your options
  2. You have no idea (or only a fuzzy idea) of what you want to be when you "grow up"
  3. You would like help with creating and sticking to a career plan while you're at NU
  4. You are thinking about graduate or law school but are uncertain as to if, when and where you might attend
  5. You are interested in taking an assessment to help identify your interests, preferences, values, or skills and how they can align with potential career paths
  6. You are a graduate student thinking about transitioning from academia to industry or leaving your program all together
  7. You need an unbiased person to listen to your career-related goals, ideas, and concerns
  8. You are applying to graduate or professional school and you need a second pair of eyes on your application materials
  9. You need additional information about some occupations and industries you are considering
  10. You are thinking about shifting academic paths but need to talk it through before actually doing so

Counseling Appointments

One hour appointments with a Career Counselor are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Click here to make an appointment with your career counselor. Please note that counselor schedules are heavily booked just before career fairs and during peak recruiting times, so be sure to plan ahead.

Express Hours and Express Advising Center

Express hours can be used for quick questions, resume/CV reviews, cover letter reviews or to find out more about UCS and our services. Meetings last 15 minutes.

Express Advising Times and Locations

Hours: 2-4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Location: Main Library, Core Reserve, 2nd Floor, Evanston, IL

The UCS Fall 2014 Express Advising schedule is as follows:

Monday, September 15 - Monday, September 22: Monday-Friday from 2-4 p.m. at the UCS Express Advising Center in the Main Library, 2nd Floor, Core.

Tuesday, September 23 - Monday, September 29: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (all day) at the main UCS office at 620 Lincoln St. During all-day express hours, individual appointments will not be scheduled so that we may accommodate as many students as possible for fall internship and job fair preparation. Regular express hours (M-F 2-4 p.m. in the Main Library) and scheduled appointments will resume Oct. 2.