Welcome to Career Development
Important COVID-19 Updates
Our Career Development services are available virtually. To support the health of the NAU community and adhere to Center for Disease Control guidelines, please utilize our virtual options below to meet with us.
- Set up a virtual appointment: Get access to one-on-one help with a Career Professional by creating an appointment in Handshake.
- Email us: We can be reached at Career@nau.edu.
- Learn at your own pace: Access our online career lessons 24/7 by completing Career Steps.
Career Development is here to support you throughout the evolving pandemic situation. Check out our list of best practices and frequently asked questions for specific assistance related to programming, workshops or student employment. We are also available for direct consultation (see contact information above). Stay safe and well, Jacks!
Frequently Asked Questions Accordion Closed
Find your answers to questions about programming, student employment and more on our Career and Covid-19 page.
Finding Work Off-Campus Accordion Closed
Known employers who will remain open during the closure are grocery stores, pharmacies, and product distribution centers (like Amazon). Online job postings have also rapidly increased for workers with skills in health care, community response, crisis management, and cleaning. If students ask about opportunities, we advise referring them to these establishments. Check out this list of Arizona companies who are hiring now.
Professional Development and COVID-19 Accordion Closed
We encourage student employees to take advantage of this time and build themselves professionally! We recommend considering the following:
- Strengthen your resume by seeking out remote professional development opportunities.
- Update your resume, cover letter, and Handshake profile.
- You can still make appointments with our Career Development team! We will continue to offer career advising appointments via phone, email, and Skype/Zoom.
- When students schedule an appointment in Handshake, they should look for the phone number, email address, or URL to meet with their career advisor.
- Prepare for virtual and video interviews.
- Many hiring processes have moved into the digital sphere, so take a moment to familiarize yourself with online interviewing best practices.
- Some tips include:
- Make sure to prepare a quiet and neutral space with good lighting
- Have your notes in front of you
- Practice talking to the camera, and
- Ask specific questions about hiring timelines
- Use this time to invest in expanding your professional network.
Best Practices for Supervising Remote Student Employees Accordion Closed
- Avoid the common challenges of remote work. Newly-remote workers often cite a lack of access to information, social isolation and distractions as pitfalls to remote work. Here’s how to tackle and avoid those concerns:
- Accessing information: Ensure that student employees have access to the physical equipment (computers, monitors, etc.), software and VPN they need to be successful. If internet connection is weak, encourage them to find wifi hotspots on campus, such as the one near the Fieldhouse parking lot.
- Social isolation: When you have meetings, save the first 5-7 minutes just for catching up. This encourages social connection across groups and keeps student employees engaged with their work groups across the distance. Embrace icebreakers and fun in the online setting.
- Distractions: Encourage student employees to set aside a dedicated workspace, where they can minimize distractions and focus. Be flexible in the first few weeks – this is new to everyone!
- Communicate openly and frequently. Whatever methods of consistent communication you were using before moving remotely should be continued, and add in other check-ins with your employees. These daily check ins could take the form of a phone call or Zoom session, either as a group or individually. The check-ins should be set at regular and predictable intervals. Explicitly state how staff can get ahold of you (text, Skype, etc.) and ensure they are set up to communicate with you in that way. Maximize the efficiency of your virtual meetings with these tips for online meeting success!
- Lead with trust and encourage others to do so. As a supervisor, you need to demonstrate to your online student employees that you trust they are getting their work done. Fight any impulses to micromanage processes and praise student employees for work well done. Working remotely can sometimes lead to conflict because people feel less connected. Modelling good behavior is key to minimizing these conflicts.
- If conflict arises, give the benefit of the doubt. Encourage employees to focus on common ground and stop emailing. Picking up the phone or videoconferencing is likely to help people reconnect and eliminate the ambiguity of email communication.
Information for External Employers Accordion Closed
We regret that we had to cancel our Spring 2020 Part Time Job Fair. Our next Part Time Job Fair is scheduled for Friday, August 21st. We are still determining the date for our Fall 2020 Career & Graduate School Expo. We will announce when we open both events for registration.
We encourage our employers to continue recruiting via Handshake.
Your career journey begins now
NAU Career Development empowers students and alumni to confidently navigate their careers as citizens of an evolving and global world. We achieve our mission through the following goals. You can also meet our team.
You are career
Your career journey lasts a lifetime, starting with your very first year at NAU. Career Development is committed to supporting you along the way!
Explore the resources below to find out just how Career can help you:
Check out our Career Progression Plan for ideas of what you can do each year at NAU to support your career journey.
These online lessons are self-paced online modules that cover over 30 different career related topics. Each Career Steps Lesson contains a self-enrollment BBLearn link and individual grading rubric.