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We're glad you've taken the first step in your career planning journey by coming to our site. Next, plan to meet with your career coach! They will guide you through a process that will set you on the path to success. Continue reading to learn more about your options for career coaching, the topics we can cover with you, and other ways you can get started in your career planning process.

How Career Planning Works at IU

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Pre-Scheduled Career Coaching

Your UD career coach will help you develop a plan for your future beyond college. You will explore your values, interests, personality and skills to discover a career you’ll love. You'll learn how to build marketable experiences to develop a strong resume. By the end, you’ll be on a track towards success.

Career Coach vs. Academic Advisor

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Drop-in Hours

Want to know more about certain career fields? The CDC Career Communities help you explore career interest areas by providing information, resources, and events to learn more about the field. Come visit us during our Career Community drop-in hours.

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Drop-in days

Drop-in times

Communication & Culture Monday 2pm-4pm
Arts & Entertainment Tuesday 10am-12pm
Business Tuesday & Thursday 11am-1pm
Information Technology & Data Wednesday 2pm-4pm
Health & Human Services Wednesday 2pm-4pm
Government & Nonprofit Thursday  11am-1pm
Science Thursday 9am-11am
General drop-in coaching Friday 11am-3pm

How to Schedule Your Career Coaching Appointment

Meet one-on-one with your career coach to develop a plan for your life after college. Watch the video to learn how to schedule an appointment!

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Career Coaching Topics

Each time you meet with a career coach you'll have the opportunity to choose the topic you would like to cover. Choosing a career coaching topic for your appointment helps your coach prepare in advance. Don't stress about it though, just choose the topic that is most closely aligned with the general theme of your questions.

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Meeting with my career advisor for the first time was a very rewarding experience. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but it paid off immeasurably.

Nicholas Zinselmeier

iGPS Planning

Link your career planning goals to your academic plan by adding our recommended semester-by-semester map to your custom academic plan by clicking the button below. Before you go, take a quick look at what we recommend year by year below. 

Crossroads Career Coaching

Are you exploring a major or career interest that does not fall within the general areas of your current school? We provide exploratory career advising to non-University Division students who find themselves at a crossroads.  Please complete the form to request your first appointment. 

Consider Taking an Exploratory Career Course

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The career courses listed below are open to University Division students and can be taken in conjunction with the work you do at the Career Development Center. Read below to learn more, and talk with your academic advisor to find the course that best fits your academic goals.

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  • MoneySmarts

    MoneySmarts is a financial education resource established by the Indiana University Office of Financial Literacy. This site will help you make informed financial decisions before, during and after your college experience. The budget calculator is an excellent tool to calculate your needed income while considering job offers and relocation.


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