Students & alumni
The 21st Century Workforce is different from what previous generations have experienced, and we want you to be ready! We recommend that you follow our Career Progression Plan to complete key milestones each year, so that you will be career-ready upon graduation!
Follow the links below to learn about important career topics, and how we can help.
Important COVID-19 Updates
Accessing the Career Development Team Accordion Closed
Our Student Affairs Offices are available virtually. We recommend you access these services online or by phone. If you need to see someone in person, our offices remain open, and we ask that you practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer. Student Affairs still welcomes students in our spaces; however, please use safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
While we have suspended our drop-in hours at this time, we have added additional time blocks for online appointments – please schedule on Handshake. Also, our Career Steps online learning modules are here for you 24/7!
Spring 2020 Part-Time Job Fair Cancelled Accordion Closed
Dear NAU Students,
Given the rapidly changing environment around COVID-19 and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of Arizona, and Mayor of Flagstaff, we will be canceling the NAU Spring 2020 Part-Time Job Fair that is scheduled for March 27, 2020. Your safety is our greatest concern in this time of uncertainty.
Please continue with your search for part-time, full time, or seasonal employment on Handshake, as we are approving new jobs every day. We also encourage you to utilize our free services as we are fully operational online for student appointments (also booked in Handshake).
We wish you the very best and hope that you join us for our Fall Part-Time Job Fair on August 21, 2020.
NAU Career Development
Updates and Reminders for Student Employment at NAU Accordion Closed
As communicated in the most recent campus-wide email from President Cheng, the response to the COVID-19 outbreak is fluid and continues to warrant the attention and flexibility of each of us as we work together to keep our students, faculty, staff, and communities safe and healthy. For regular updates about this situation, please check your email and/or visit the website: nau.edu/coronavirus.
At this time, NAU campuses will remain open and operational, and NAU employees will continue to perform their job duties. This includes university housing, computer labs, food service, Campus Health Services, Cline Library, research labs, and all other units across the university. The extent to which this also includes student employees is currently determined at the department level.
The Student Employment Program wants to remind everyone of a few important considerations as we head into the online transition for the remainder of the spring semester, effective Monday, March 23:
- Each department should work with its student workforce to make sure that the department can still perform its essential services.
- Student employees are allowed to return to campus and work in-person/on-campus after spring break.
- Student employees are still held to the 29-hr Work Rule (meaning that they cannot work more than an average of 29 hours per week over the period of one calendar year).
- More information about guidelines, best practices, and answers to other frequently asked questions can be found online in our Student Employment Handbook.
- If student employees decide not to return to campus after spring break, at each department’s discretion, they may be allowed to work remotely if: a) their tasks and projects are suitable for remote work and b) if work is available.
- Student employees should clock in when they begin working and clock out when they stop, including any breaks that last longer than a few minutes.
- Suggested remote work could include required and recommended online trainings found on the Student Employee Onboarding, Training, & Professional Development website, such as Harassment & Discrimination Prevention, Accommodating Disabilities, Information Security Essentials, FERPA, CERT: Conduct, Ethics, Reporting and Transparency Disclosure, Loss Prevention Training, Lynda.com, Kognito, and more.
- If a student employee has any concerns about being in-person/on-campus for health reasons, please have them contact their healthcare provider.
- A student’s employment status will not be affected if they chose not to work during this time.
Finding Work Off-Campus
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.
What Else To Do During The COVID-19 Situation
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.
Additional guidelines for supervisors and employees can be found on the Human Resources website. Please let us know if you have any questions, clarifications, or concerns via email: StudentEmployment@nau.edu
How we can help
We are excited that you graduated, and want to continue to support you in your career journey. Our individual advising appointments are free for 12 months after graduation, and then available for $40 per hour or a package of 3 appointments for $100. (For comparison, private career counselors typically charge $100-$150 per hour).
To schedule appointments, visit Handshake, NAU’s online recruitment platform. Alumni have access to Handshake at no charge for life. We encourage you to use Handshake not only for your own job search, but to recruit our students to work at your organization.
The majority of our web-based resources are also available to alumni no charge for life. We are exploring ways to make our Career Steps available to our alumni. We also encourage you to visit the Alumni Engagement website to find ways to stay connected to NAU.
Learn more about the 21st Century Workplace
For more in-depth information, explore the following Career Steps online lessons: