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There are a lot of factors to consider when exploring your career. The Career Development Center (CDC) is here to help you think through your options.
Leverage your time as a student to try out or experiment with new industries, skills, and possible work contexts. Experiments can be brief, like a lecture series or workshop hosted by a professional about a topic of interest, or more in-depth, like a 12-week internship. Our career advisors can help you decide where to start.
Do research to get a bird’s eye view of an industry, which companies operate in that space, as well as what graduate programs, conferences, and trainings are relevant.
Review the work status requirements for different countries for internships as well as full-time work through Going Global or individual country immigration departments. Navigating your global mobility is a lifelong skill you can begin to develop in university.
Develop your sense of what it will take to be competitive in your field of interest by reviewing job descriptions for jobs you’d like to have in the future. Meet with a career advisor to evaluate your current skills as they relate to your goals and discuss a plan of action.
Watch videos clips of real people talking honestly about their jobs with Candid Career. Reach out to professionals for information interviews to help build your industry knowledge. As an NYUAD student, you can attend our employer information sessions, which bring various employers to campus throughout the academic year.
If you sense that traditional employment or graduate school isn’t for you, talk to an advisor about the paths less traveled. Explore books like How to Work Your Way Around the World, Teaching English Overseas, Volunteer Vacations, You Majored in WHAT? or What Color is Your Parachute? These are all available in the Career Development Center (CDC) for current students to read.
Knowing your own preferences can help you understand your strengths, and the type of work environment and activities you might enjoy. Assessments can help develop a vocabulary for your skills and interests, which helps guide you in career-related decisions.
The most widely used personality inventory in the world, the MBTI will provide you with insight about yourself in four areas:
The career report of the MBTI provides occupational lists, showing the occupations most selected and least selected by your personality type.
From self-discovery of your skills and interests, all the way to acclimation to the world of work, we will help you each step of the way. Individual appointments (in person and Skype) are available for you to talk through career-related concerns, get feedback, and develop strategies to move forward. Some of the topics we cover include:
Our counselors and advisors are equipped to help you navigate your career: the in-betweenness and uncertainty you may face in your career decisions, self-discovery of your skills and interests, development of your professional skills, preparation for graduate school, exploration of scholarships and prestigious awards, and acclimation to the world of work.
Some of the topics we can cover include:
Our events, big and small, are a great way to actively explore career topics, meet professionals in your area of interest, and develop skills. Our events and workshops include:
We provide a wide array of programs and services that empower students to take ownership of their ongoing career development process, such as: