Helping Your Student

At NWU’s Career Center, students receive assistance developing their career plan through aligning their interests, values, and skills with their major, experiences, and future goals. Through one-on-one appointments, our trained career counselors can help students explore options, conduct a job/internship search, create a resume/cover letter, practice interviewing skills, apply to graduate/professional schools, and much more. We sincerely hope that your student will take advantage of these services early and often to enhance their educational experience and career readiness upon graduation.

Starting the Conversation

Family members are identified as the primary source of career information and encouragement for students. Begin the conversation now. Simply serving as a sounding board by listening and promoting exploration of career fields will allow your student to begin discovering their future career. For information on supporting your student, be sure to read through these helpful resources:

  A Parent’s Guide to Career Development

 4-Year Parent’s Guide

Locating Nebraska Wesleyan Alumni

Want more information on our alumni? Visit Nebraska Wesleyan University’s LinkedIn Alumni page. Narrow your search by major, industry or location. Our alumni love helping current students understand possible career options and your student can easily follow our informational interview handout to start a conversation.

Connecting Through the Career Assistance Network

Our office maintains contact with our alumni. This allows our current students access to a network of alums dedicated to helping students set up job shadowing, informational interviews, and more. In speaking to alumni, students gain valuable insight about potential career paths and get a hands-on perspective of a particular career.

Partner with Us

Is your organization recruiting talent? We’re always seeking to partner with local, regional, and national employers who have an interest in our students and alumni. Advertising full-time, internship, and part-time opportunities through our online job search platform, JobZone, comes at no cost to your organization. Visit our Employer Services page to learn more about how to begin building a relationship with the Career Center. 

 

What happens to NWU grads

A liberal arts education from Nebraska Wesleyan University launches our graduates around the world. Our distinguished alumni work across the globe from representing international companies, to founding local nonprofits. Here are just a few highlights from our 2016-2017 first destination survey:

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When should my son or daughter start visiting the Career Center?

We encourage students to visit at least once during their first semester to begin exploring opportunities, even if they are certain of their major or future career. Career counselors can help students through discussing their personal interests, recommending coursework, and providing major exploration materials. We can help students begin planning their next few years in gaining experiences, discussing campus involvement, and exploring additional opportunities.

What should my son or daughter major in?

Choosing a major can be a stressful part of college and your student should be aware of the options available to them. In selecting a college major, students should know majors often do not always translate to a specific career field. The Career Center encourages and promotes students to take a variety of courses and then choosing a major based on what they find interesting.

What if my son or daughter does not know what he or she wants to do?

Send them our way! By working with our trained career counselors, your student will get their questions answered so they can feel confident with their future plans. We have a variety of tools and resources to facilitate this process.

To begin facilitating the process, you may want to begin asking some probing questions that give insight into their interests, skills, and values. For instance:

  • What are you most excited to learn about in college?
  • What accomplishment thus far are you most proud of?
  • How do you define “meaningful work”?

Help them to see what situations bring out their best, and what natural qualities they have that make them stand apart from their peers.

How can my son or daughter meet potential employers?

Throughout the school year, companies come to campus to recruit students for a variety of part-time, internship, and full-time positions. Employers set up a booth on campus, attend Backpack to Briefcase, speak to classes and organizations and/or conduct interviews. Our version of a career fair, “Backpack to Briefcase,” is a networking reception with over 40 employers looking to hire NWU students.

Is this where students go to find on-campus jobs?

While we help students locate off campus part-time jobs, internships, and full-time positions, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid coordinates all on-campus employment, which is located in Smith Curtis 207 and can be reached at financialaid [at] nebrwesleyan.edu or (402) 465-2167.

What is your job placement rate?

Our career center, along with most career centers today, is not a placement/employment agency. Students are not required to visit our career center AND we do not “place” them in positions. Rather, we assist students with their after-graduation plans, by teaching them how to think about their career path long-term.

What should my student major in if they want to go pre-medicine?

Students can major in ANYTHING, but should know each program may require certain prerequisite courses to apply, such as anatomy and physiology, biology, and chemistry to name a few. We have had a variety of majors go on to become medical doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers. Several resources are available in our office to students interested in this path.