A degree is the primary goal when you go to college, but it takes a lot more than a diploma to hit the ground running after graduation.
At DePaul, we have a full selection of tools and services to ensure that you’ll be well-rounded and ready for the “real world,” whatever career path you choose. It’s all about making the most of your time at DePaul so you’ll be poised to make the most of your life after DePaul.
The Writing Center
Recruiters at companies and organizations of all kinds often say communication is the skill that sets job applicants apart. The Writing Center
provides all types of writing help, free of charge. The goal is not just to help you get a good grade in a class at DePaul, but to help you improve your writing skills for the long haul. Locations include the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses. Visit the center’s website
for more information and a list of tutors who specialize in helping with resumes and personal statements.
“Strong communication skills are very important after college—both written and verbal. It’s something we pay close attention to. I can also tell when students have used the resources that are available to them for writing resumes and preparing for interviews. DePaul students seem to really use their resources.”
-Katy Elliott, recruiter at Ernst & Young in Chicago
The Career Center
Perfect jobs rarely just fall into people’s laps—they have to know what they want, where to find it, and which strategies will help them get it. The Career Center
is here to help you narrow in on your interests and goals, hone your ability to communicate your strengths and chart a course toward your ideal career. A wide range of assessment, advising, mentoring, networking and placement services are available to our students and alumni.
Internships and Jobs
Over the years, the Career Center
has built strong relationships with employers from all sectors, who in turn consistently offer internships and jobs to our students and alumni. Thanks to our location and the many world-renowned businesses that are headquartered in Chicago, our students have a wide range of opportunities.
“Real-world project experience is really important. It’s one thing to prepare for a test and another thing to demonstrate skills and experience in the real world. We’ve had several DePaul interns from different departments at the university. Our goal is to give them tasks that help them pursue their interests. I’ve found that DePaul students are able to relate what’s happening in the classroom to what’s happening in the world, which is very important. They’re able to jump right in and deal with constituents (even the ones who are calling because they aren’t that happy). We’ve been impressed by their ability to handle those situations, diffuse them, and stay professional.”
-Paul Sajovec, Chief of Staff, 32nd Ward, Chicago
Being able to manage your money is important while you're a student at DePaul, and it will be a critical skill your entire life. Our Financial Fitness Program provides free services and tools that will insure you have a plan to manage your costs, control your debt and make smart spending choices.
Chicago and Alumni Connections
The close relationship between DePaul and the world-class city of Chicago permeates nearly every aspect of being a student here. Throughout your education you’ll have opportunities to connect what you’re learning in the classroom with people, scenarios and organizations in the city. All of your experiences with the city—whether via service learning, internships, or just plain fun—will also help shape your career path and build relationships that will be key to success after graduation.
The most important aspect of our connection to Chicago is our close relationships with our alumni. More than 65 percent of the 155,000+ DePaul alumni live in the Chicago area, and their love for the university often translates to sharing their time and knowledge with current students. There are many opportunities to network with alumni, as well as be mentored by them through programs like ASK
(Alumni Sharing Knowledge).