Getting Started with UCS: Graduate Students

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CareerCat is an online job and internship database managed by UCS that contains opportunities for Northwestern undergraduates, graduate students and alumni.  Registering for CareerCat is your first step to getting started with UCS. This will also register you for the UCS Weekly Email, which contains helpful updates on workshops, employer visits, and career-related events at Northwestern.

UCSGRADSTUDENTS Listserv Interested in job/internship postings and career-related information relevant to NU graduate students? Click here to join the UCSGRADSTUDENTS Listserv and click “Subscribe.”

Quick Questions

Express Hours

Express hours are appropriate for quick career-related questions including:

  • Introduction and overview of UCS Services
  • Resume/CV/cover letter critiques
  • Job/internship search questions

UCS holds express drop-in hours Monday-Friday from 2-4 p.m. in our Express Advising Center (Main Library, 2nd Floor, Core) when school is in session.  Express hour drop-ins are first come-first served and 15 minutes in length. 

Not all questions can be answered during an express session.  Your discussion may lead to a referral to another UCS staff member for a follow-up appointment. 

Individual Appointments

UCS professional staff are available for individual appointments to discuss a range of common graduate student career concerns, including:
  • Evaluating career paths within and outside of academia
  • Understanding the impact of graduate school on career options
  • Transitioning from graduate student to professional
  • Taking career assessments
  • Managing feelings of being rushed/pressured to make career decisions
  • Making decisions that are most appropriate given lifestyle considerations
  • Examining the influence of familial, cultural, gender, sexual orientation and/or disability issues on the career decision making process
  • Identifying appropriate job/internship opportunities available for graduate students
  • Effective communication and networking strategies
  • Learning, evaluating, and refining interviewing skills
  • Preparing job search documents (Resume/CV/Cover Letters, etc.)
Evanston Campus

Appointments on the Evanston Campus are held year-round in our main office, located at 620 Lincoln Street.

Click here to make an appointment with your career counselor or advisor today.