Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a limit to how often I can meet with my career coach?

    There are no limits to the number of times you can meet with your career coach. (S/he is here to help you with your career exploration efforts until you are certified into your new academic school and move on to specialized career services.)

  • What makes my career coach qualified to administer my MBTI or SII interpretation?

    Your career coach has been trained and is nationally credentialed to professionally and ethically use the Strong Interest Inventory as well as the Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator as a part of career planning and exploration.

  • What kinds of topics can my career coach help me with?

    When you visit the CDC, your career advisor will work with you to:

    • Pinpoint your values, interests, skills, and personality with today’s best self-assessment tools, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory®
    • Select a major that’s right for you
    • Explore all of your career options
    • Understand how to get the most out of our IU Career Guides
    • Write a powerful resume and cover letter
    • Give a memorable interview
    • Find marketable job experience early in your academic career
    • Get a head start on living the life you’ve always wanted
  • Will I always have the same career coach?

    The Career Development Center works with students while they are in University Division. After you are admitted or certify into a school you will work with the career coaches associated with that specialized career services office.

  • Is it doable to have a part-time job as a first year student?

    It is definitely doable. Every student is going to handle the transition to college differently; however, research supports student academic success when working a modest number of hours per week (8-12), especially if that job is on campus. Keep in mind that you will need to practice good time management habits, while keeping your academics as a top priority. Any job can help you development marketable skills; however, we encourage students to look for jobs that might align with future career goals when possible. We invite you to visit your career coach for ideas and help with part-time job search strategies.

  • What should I do to prepare for career coach appointment?

    The important thing is to come with an open mind, ready to take the next steps towards your future. If you don’t know where to start we can help you wherever you are. Here are some things you might consider doing ahead of time to help prepare yourself for our appointment:

    Things to think about…

    • What are your interests (academic/career or otherwise)?
    • What causes do you care about?
    • What kinds of experiences have you already had and how did you feel about them?
    • What do you do well and like to spend your time doing?

    Things to do…

  • I’m already admitted into my School within the University, but I want to change my major. Where do I start?

    There are two ways to approach changing your major. If you know exactly what you want your new major to be, simply let your academic advisor know of this change and ask them about the process for certifying into that school/major. If you have questions and want to explore different major options, fill out this form on the Career Development Center’s Website, to meet with an exploratory career coach. 

  • Can my career coach teach me how to navigate my account?

    Absolutely! Your career coach can walk you through all the services available through your student myJobs account including; scheduling appointments, applying for part-time jobs and uploading a resume. You can also stop by Drop-in coaching on Fridays from 11am-3pm at the CDC, 625 N. Jordan, to meet with a career peer who can walk you through your account set-up and navigation. 

  • What is the difference between drop-in coaching and hour long coaching?

    Our drop-in coaching is staffed by our undergraduate  and graduate career peers and our hour long appointments are staffed by our professional staff and graduate assistants. Drop-in appointments last 15-20 minutes whereas hour long appointments can be anywhere from 30-60 minutes. We approach our drop-in coaching as a triage service allowing our career peers to assess your most urgent needs and provide a suggested course of action. Hour long appointments allow for an in-depth review of questions, ways to go about exploring/building experience, and preparing for the future. 

  • What should I do if there are no times available to meet with my career coach?

    This could be happening due to a number of reasons:

    1. The system will not allow you to schedule an appointment within 24 hours of the requested meeting time.
    2. Make sure the hours of availability are set within normal business hours, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
    3. Feel free to check the boxes next to any of the coaches assigned to your account. All these individuals are fully trained to assist with your appointment.

    If you still don’t see any open times, email your career coach directly or email