You are not alone in your career design journey. Here are some tools and resources you can use, but don’t hesitate to reach out for support by participating in coaching groups and the career studio where your questions can be answered and tailored resources provided! RSVP to attend coaching labs here.
Career exploration and advancement are closely tied to one’s intersections of identity. Within each identity-based tab, explore and utilize professional associations and career resources that are tailored to those specific identities:
Employer Engagement and Career Design partners with the following offices on campus to provide support for students and alumni with underrepresented racial, cultural, and/or ethnic identities to develop and achieve your career goals:
- Asian American Center
- Center for Intercultural Engagement
- John D. O’Bryant African American Institute
- Latinx Student Cultural Center
- LGBTQA Resource Center
- Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
- Social Justice Resource Center
Check out our identity-based pages to learn about offices on campus that provide support for specific identities and many more to bring you programs and resources, including:
Search the About Us, History, and Mission/Values sections of a company website to search for the following:
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion and non-discrimination policies
- Involvement with publications and events surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion
- Rankings or awards by Forbes, Diversity Inc. and/or other websites
- Employee Resource Groups for multicultural populations
- Representation of diversity in senior management and C-suite leadership
Networking with diverse professionals and alumni sharing your identities can help you learn more about their experiences with their employers. Reach out and request an informational interview to ask questions such as:
- What was your path into this career, and specifically, this company?
- Can you describe your organization’s culture and environment?
- How dedicated are your supervisors to professional job growth since you joined your company?
- Does your employer offer diversity training or workshops?
- Does your organization have policies on religious observances?
- How supported do you feel as a person of color at this company?
- What ways can you build a community within and between underrepresented populations here?
- How does the company address discrimination or act to eliminate it?
Professional associations are networks of professionals that share a common industry, identity, location, or a combination of these factors. They are a highly recommended resource for job search tools, education, professional advancement, and building a network. You can attend events, access virtual resources and educational materials, and view job postings through most professional associations. Search for professional organizations by identity and/or industry for networks of professionals.
Check out professional associations and NU Student Organizations by identity and/or industry on our identity-based pages!
The perfect time to start networking is NOW! You can never be too early to network. A great place to start is by utilizing NUsource and LinkedIn to connect with your Northeastern network. As a Husky student and alumni, you have access to NUsource a platform designed exclusively for Northeastern alumni and community members around the globe! In addition to connecting with alumni, there are project opportunities where you can gain more skills and experiences while being mentored by alumni. Get ready to tap into the power of your network to achieve what’s next!
To learn more about networking opportunities and strategies, join our coaching lab on Networking through LinkedIn. Access resources to start Networking for your internship and/or job search through our online resources.
- Join a Professional Association and Network
- Joining a professional association will allow you to find opportunities to network with individuals working in the same profession as you do and possibly mentorship!
- Young professionals benefit from gaining mentorship throughout their careers, as a mentor may bring years of knowledge and experiences to best prepare you for challenges you may face in the workplace.
- Joining as a student member is less expensive than joining as a professional.
- Some professional associations provide scholarships for members interested in entering the field, job listings, and reduced rates for student members to attend their conferences.
- Finding a Job/Internship that grabs your interest
- Whether you are job/internship searching, finding a job description of a role that you are interested in applying to will help you start tailoring your resume.
- Look at the technical/soft skills highlighted in the job description(s) and look for ways to incorporate them into your resume.
- Attend Career Design Coaching Labs
- If you lack some of the technical/soft skills, attend a coaching lab on Upskilling to learn more on how you can gain and grow technical and soft skills!
- Attend our coaching lab sessions to learn how to tailor your resume and cover letter + prep for interviews! RSVP to attend coaching labs here.
- Connect with Husky Alumni Network
- Alumni are more likely to respond to your request and connect, as they have been in your shoes before! Learn how to ask for informational interviews here.
As a Husky student and alumni, you have access to NUsource a platform designed exclusively for Northeastern alumni and community members around the globe! In addition to connecting with alumni, there are project opportunities where you can gain more skills and experiences while being mentored by alumni. Get ready to tap into the power of your network to achieve what’s next!
- Diversity Employers: Career opportunities targeting new college graduates of diverse backgrounds across industries.
- Equal Opportunity Publications: Diversity and Inclusion Career Center: “Premier diversity online job board.”
- IMDiversity.com: One-stop career site/job board to serve career-related needs of underrepresented groups with access to the largest database of equal opportunity employers.
- INROADS: Internship program with year-round professional and personal coaching from a corporate mentor.
- Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT): Non-profit organization that equips the next generation of African American, Hispanic, and Native American leaders in business, education, and the social sector.
- SEO Career: Internship program with coaching, training, exposure, and a lifelong alumni network.
- The Partnership: Offers leadership programs to support multicultural professionals in reaching their full potential in the increasingly diverse and global workforce.
- Workplace Diversity.com: Job board for opportunities at companies that strive for a multicultural work environment.
- Top 50 Companies for Diversity
- Diversity Jobs: Connects African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic people, and members of the LGBT community with companies that are known for being especially diversity-friendly. Includes job fairs, job search features, and helpful tips.
- Jopwell – Career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students & professionals. Includes jobs & internships search features with their partner companies.