Career Development

Northwestern University offers a career development system that helps employees and their managers engage in mutually beneficial development conversations. These offerings match employee motivated strengths with the needs of their current and future positions at Northwestern.

  • Managing Your Career – Career development at Northwestern begins with self-assessment. Participants of the Managing Your Career one-day workshop will first take an online assessment to determine their top career motivators, known as Career Drivers™. During the interactive workshop, employees then discover how to leverage their top motivators (Career Drivers™) to enhance current job satisfaction and performance as well as future career choices. They will also walk away with the unique ability to link professional development with unit and department goals.
  • Managing Development Planning™ – When you know what drives an employee’s motivation, you can increase engagement and performance. This one-day workshop guides managers in coaching and supporting their employee’s on-the-job development and career growth. Full workshop description and registration information is available at Leadership and Management.
  • Online Career Development courses through - View the Career Development Playlist with a University NetID and NetID password. Course topics include Discovering Your Strengths, Embracing Change, Building Confidence, and Building Your Professional Network.

Click the title below to learn more and register. Please note that not all courses are offered year-round. To find the next session for your desired course, click on the "Find Upcoming Sessions" link at the end of the description. You can also view a schedule of upcoming classes in our summer catalog PDF Icon or our online calendar in PlanIt Purple.

HRD985- Managing Development Planning™

Audience: Northwestern supervisors and managers with at least one direct report.

This program helps managers get results from others and support their ongoing development by increasing their competence, ease and commitment in conducting career and development conversations with their employees. Learn new distinctions about development — beyond simple strengths and weaknesses — to help guide development plans with just the right emphasis for any employee.

HRD875- Managing Your Career

This workshop was formerly known as Career Challenge™ and Leveraging Your Career Drivers™ for Development Planning.

This interactive, one-day workshop offers you the opportunity to take a concentrated look at how to make your career development relevant to your current job and use it to propel you in the right direction as you grow at Northwestern.

Managing Your Career begins with a pre-workshop assessment called Career Drivers™. Career Drivers™ define the motivational aspects of work life — your absolute non-negotiables for satisfaction. Knowing your own Career Drivers™ allows you to make wise, empowered choices in your ongoing development and long-term career moves. The online Career Drivers™ assessment will be sent to you in advance.

You will then attend the workshop to:

  • Discover the talents common to everything you’ve accomplished
  • Have a new way to leverage development for current work performance and future goals
  • Learn how to create development goals that are engaging for you and accomplish department goals 
  • Upgrade your ability to communicate your value and not just your needs
  • Learn important strategies for identifying career directions, growing your networks and positioning yourself for future career success

Participants must complete the Career Drivers™ online assessment before attending the Managing Your Career workshop.

HRD835- Writing an Effective Resume

Having a great resume is an important piece of your overall career development and personal branding strategy. Unfortunately, many people get overwhelmed before they even get started. The result is poorly written resumes that don't get much attention or serve their purpose. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create an effective resume or improve the one you already have.

Key topics:
  • Exploring different resume formats and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Writing an effective objective
  • Determining what work experience to include
  • Writing qualitative accomplishments
  • Composing an engaging and informative cover letter

Workshop facilitator Mark Gasche joined Kellogg in January 2014 as Managing Director of the Career Management Center and has more than 22 years of career management, coaching, campus recruiting, and student affairs leadership experience from multiple academic institutions.

HRD845- Interviewing for Success

Your resume showed that you possess the competencies and desired skills for the position you applied for at Northwestern, now it’s time for the interview. An interview gives the prospective manager/director the opportunity to speak with you and determine the degree to which your skills and experiences match the requirements for the open position. The process also gives you a chance to determine if this new position will align with your goals and needs. This workshop will clarify the interview process and help you feel more prepared by discussing common expectations of the interviewee and the process.

Key topics:
  • Conducting organization/departmental research
  • The first impression and what to bring
  • Types of interviews and what to expect in each
  • How to respond to different types of interview questions
  • Interview follow-up

Workshop facilitator Mark Gasche joined Kellogg in January 2014 as Managing Director of the Career Management Center and has more than 22 years of career management, coaching, campus recruiting, and student affairs leadership experience from multiple academic institutions.