Career Development

Northwestern University offers a professional and 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.

  • Career Drivers™ – Career development at Northwestern begins with self-assessment. Participants will first take an online assessment to determine their top career motivators, known as Career Drivers™. Once the core drivers are identified, participants further explore the meaning of their motivational drivers through a follow-up webinar that’s available anytime.
  • Leveraging Your Career Drivers™ for Development Planning – Taking self-assessment further, employees discover how to leverage their top motivators (Career Drivers™) to enhance current job satisfaction and performance as well as future career choices through this interactive, one-day workshop. 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. (Currently offered as part of the Leadership and Management series.)
  • Online Career Development courses through lynda.com - View the lynda.com 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 either of the titles below to learn more and register.

HRD825- 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. The follow-up 90-minute webinar is designed to have you identify your top motivators so that you can infuse that motivation into development and careers goals. Understanding the influence of your Career Drivers™ on decision-making and career choices offers new power to choose development assignments and work opportunities that set you up for success.

This webinar is available as a stand-alone course. It is a pre-requisite for the Leveraging Your Career Drivers™ for Development Planning course (live, full-day, on-site) and Managing Development Planning™ course (live, full-day; currently a component of the Leadership and Management series.)

Register for Career Drivers™ within the FASIS Self Service Portal. Instructions for accessing the assessment and webinar will be emailed to you within two business days.

HRD875- Leveraging Your Career Drivers™ for Development Planning

This workshop was formerly known as Career Challenge™.


This one-day workshop takes the Career Drivers™ online assessment and webinar to the next step. It 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.

Participants in this interactive workshop will:

  • 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 and webinar before attending the Leveraging Your Career Drivers™ for Development Planning workshop.