Editor’s note to alumni: While the following steps were written with incoming Daniels graduate students in mind, we recognize that alumni also may find themselves in unexpected job searches due to unprecedented business closures, layoffs and economic forces related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these tips apply to our alumni as well. Remember: Career Services is available as a free lifetime service to Daniels alumni. To schedule an appointment, log in to Pioneer Careers Online or leave a voice message at 303.871.3911.
- Build relationships.
Build and develop as many relationships with your classmates, professors and career and student services advising staff as you can. While the ways that business is conducted have and will continue to evolve and change—whether we’re talking about technology platforms or data management, predictive financial models, real estate development processes or analytics-driven marketing techniques—relationships continue to lie at the center of those activities. We will spend a lot of time talking with you about developing your professional network—it’s more important than ever to begin taking advantage of the resources of Daniels right away and throughout your time here.
- Visit with a graduate career coach.
You have three seasoned industry professionals that are here to support your professional development and life and career planning processes. Whether you’re pursuing studies in finance, marketing, accountancy, real estate, management, or pursuing your own entrepreneurial goals, the team of Jane Biglin, Jeff Woods and Susan Goodwin are here to help. You can—and should—book an appointment with any of them as soon as you can to discuss your goals, experience and career objectives. You can book an appointment through Pioneer Careers Online. Once classes resume on campus, stop by and introduce yourself—Susan, Jeff and Jane office in DCB 155; also known as the Grad Lounge. Take control of your future—don’t wait for others to define it for you.
- Be proactive.
The market and employers hate uncertainty and there is plenty of that going around. The job search is going to get much more challenging, which is why you will need to increase your intensity and focus. Remember, the degree that you’re earning has a wide array of transferrable skills that employers will value. Responses from employers will likely come more slowly and some companies may be under temporary hiring freezes. Even if this is the case, lean into the process and make your interest known. When the job market settles (and it will) you will want to have positioned yourself well. Don’t wait—be proactive.
- Design your life.
We’ve introduced a framework for life and career planning that uses the principles of design thinking on the most interesting and challenging design project of all—you! You will be hearing a lot during your time at Daniels about Designing Your Life, or DYL. Design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life—a life of meaningful and rewarding work. Please make sure to watch the video on DYL that is in your Canvas Launch container and look for more information in the coming weeks.
Benjamin Disraeli, former prime minister of England, said, “There is no education like adversity.” I think we are all learning how much truth there is to Disraeli’s words as we begin navigating the complexities and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting effect on the global economy. We want you to know that the Daniels Career Services team is committed to doing our very best to support you during these times. As the facts on the ground continue to change, we encourage each and every one of you to please “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Be positive, be proactive and stay focused!
Visit daniels.du.edu/career-services/ for more information or to connect with a career coach, or check out the University of Denver’s upcoming career and professional development webinars.