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Kellstadt’s Career Management Center: How We Prepare Students for Success

By Maddie Shaw

What makes the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business unique is that it has its own career center dedicated to providing both academic and career advising services and resources to graduate business students at DePaul. The advisors in Kellstadt’s Career Management Center (CMC) serve as singular points of contact for students throughout their time here, and are trained to provide three main types of advising services: individual coaching conversations, online resources and tools, and professional development events with alumni and employers. Read on to learn about how we prepare Kellstadt students for success through these three different approaches.

Individual Coaching Conversations

Kellstadt students enjoy one-on-one coaching sessions with advisors who help them navigate their academic and career choices. From how a student’s career goals can and should affect course selection, to the potential career impacts of different degrees or MBA concentrations, these conversations evolve throughout a student’s time in Kellstadt, based on their individual needs and where they are in the program.

For example, when a student first begins their program, our conversations tend to focus on course selection and planning, and job/internship search strategies. As our students move through their programs, the focus of our conversations then shift to more advanced topics, like interview preparation and salary negotiations. Our goal as advisors is to ensure that a student’s academic path matches their career goals, so our conversations tend to move back and forth between career goals and academics naturally.

Online Career Resources and Tools

We also offer a wide variety of online resources for students to reference when making career and academic decisions. Designed specifically for Kellstadt students, our career-focused platforms provide assistance with all stages of the job search, from career and industry exploration to preparing for final interviews.

These platforms can help with interest and skill identification (CareerLeader), exploration of potential occupational paths (O*Net), resume review (VMock), industry research (Vault), and interview preparation (Big Interview, Beyond B-School, Interview Stream). At the CMC, we carefully chose and curated these platforms to serve our students during each stage of their journey with us. We also point students to other helpful DePaul resources available online and on campus.

Professional Development Events with Alumni and Employers

Finally, we are constantly finding new and innovative ways to connect students with employers and our vast alumni network for job, internship and networking opportunities. We host regular events both on campus and on-site at companies across Chicago and work every day to foster new relationships with the Chicago business community.

Some examples of events we held last fall include Kellstadt alumni panels on campus, company site visits and Q&As with current employees, and on-campus company presentations and networking receptions. There are always plenty of events to choose\ from depending on your industry of interest.

Setting You Up for Success 

As Kellstadt career advisors, we strive to understand your academic and career goals and help you navigate important decisions, connect you with online tools that can put you ahead of the game, and provide you with expert advice about the job search process, including the specific differences in this process across industries and functional areas. As both career and academic advisors, we have the unique ability to see both sides of a coin that can often feel complex. Our job is to demystify the complexities and simplify the way you receive career and academic guidance during your time at Kellstadt.

Maddie Shaw is an assistant director career specialist in the Kellstadt Career Management Center at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. She advises a variety of MS and MBA students on academic and career-related matters. Maddie received her MS in higher education from Northwestern University and her BA from George Washington University. 




Posted on

January 13, 2020