The Career Development Centre (CDC) offers our Students, Alumni and Employers following services:
Career Advisory Group (CAG)
Career Counseling (One-to-One/Group)
Resume and Cover Letter Assistance
Job Search Strategies
Letter of Recommendation
Career - Development Seminars
1. Career Advisory Group (CAG)
As a NUST student or Alumni, you have access to Career Advisory Group (CAG) at Career Services. Some of the areas that can be addressed in career advise include:
Exploring your interest, skills and values
Investigating Careers and Employers
Gaining relevant experience through Internship, Jobs, or Volunteer work
Preparation for employment through resume' and cover letter critiques and Mock Interviews
2. Career Counseling (One-to-One/Group)
the right career can be difficult, but having a defined career direction will
help you with getting a job for that CDC office offers One-o-One Counseling
sessions scheduled via personal appointment.
Know what your skills are:
Know your Skills
If you're not sure what career you want, so try and brainstorm and write a list of your qualities as you can. Think about factors like whether you will prefer working alone or with others, and how these attributes can help you in doing your job efficiently.
Discuss with your family and friends
Talk to your family and friends what they think you're good at, because you may have skills that you are not even aware of. Also talk to a career adviser. They will help you in assessing your skills and personality and help you in developing ideas about career options.
Know Your Priorities
Take your time decide what your priorities are:
Think about factors like your salary
The distance you want to travel
Whether a job offers security or not
Decide whether you want to aspire for a goal which may be risky to attain, or choose some safe option that offers more security.
That there may be many related jobs in your area of interest. If you're passionate about it you will definitely get a job as you have desired.
Look for job opportunities
Look for a job that suits you. Once you have an idea of what line of work you want to be in, it's important to do lots of research. Find out how active the jobs market is in that industry, and how the recruitment process usually works. Research local organizations to see if they have any opportunities for you to do the type of work you've decided on.
3. Resume and Cover Letter Assistance
Resume is one of the basic key for stepping into the job market. Resume is generally a piece of paper (or it can also be an electronic document as per requirement), that serves the purpose to give, a thorough and comprehensive introduction to the company or people who will eventually hire a person based on skills, qualification.
In order to write a resume, a person should have ample information about him and should thoroughly assess his personality, accomplishments, and the skills that he has acquired. These make a set of components that makes a good resume, If you feel like reading more about the components, click here:
Over the passage of time the act of composing and submitting a resume requires a person to vigilantly consider the company or individual who will hire the employee therefore there are certain tips that should be followed and some points to be avoided to make a well tailored professional resume, Interested to know more about do's and don'ts of resume, click here;
Writing a resume is just one step in what can be a daunting "Job Search Process", but it is an important element in the chain of events that will lead you to your new position.
Cover letter is also an essential tool for stepping into the job market, If you want to read more about cover letter, click here;
4. Interviewing Skills
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"
A job interview is a course of action in which a potential employee is evaluated by an employer for future employment. During this process, the employer hopes to determine whether or not the applicant is suitable for the job. A job interview is different from a social conversation, a networking occasion and an information gathering meeting. All of them focus on an exchange of ideas and information, usually between two individuals, all involve verbal communication therefore an individual needs to be thoroughly equipped he must do pre-interview preparation. To get Information about what pre-interview preparations are needed, click here;
Interview has one major characteristic that sets it apart from the other kinds of career conversation; there is a job at stake. Interviewing involves a whole procedure and an interview varies from situation to situation it can be one-one interview or may be a panel interview. To find out more about the types and stages of an Interview, click here;
In typical interview situations, it’s normal to feel like you are at a disadvantage. After all, your interviewer has something that you want “A Job”. Therefore some strategies must be followed, To get information about what strategies should be followed, tips and how to evaluate yourself, click here;
Most people experience the interview as an all or nothing contest: if you are successful, you land into the job, and if not you go away empty handed. There’s no middle ground. So even before the event begins, you are likely to feel pressure to be persuasive and convincing enough to win what you‘ve come for.
Interviews are judgmental, as an individual is being scrutinized not only for his experience and job qualifications, but for manner, hospitality, appearance, confidence, and a host of other qualities that are never addressed but are inevitably noticed. Use the interview situation to form a vision of what your working life might look and feel like for a long time to come.
5. Internship Guidelines
An internship is a work-related learning experience for individuals who wish to develop hands on work experience in a certain occupational field.
In today’s fast paced world, education needs its practical application; it has to be more than just book study. Career prospects need to hit the ground running and be well acclimatized to their chosen career path. Therefore internship is necessary to gain practical knowledge and is resourceful in different ways:
Internships help indivisuals to combine theory with practical work experience
Internship helps in developing professional work habits
Internship provides an understanding of corporate cultures
Gives an opportunity to analyze international business settings
It offers platforms to compare differences in work styles
Internships are of short span with the main focus on getting practical knowledge to secure a job and taking what’s learned in the classroom and applying it to the real world.
a) Internship Criteria
Final year students are eligible for internships.
6. Job Search Strategies
Job Search is process of seeking job or employment, that involves chain of processes .In order to compete in today’s job market a person needs to have ample information about the job market and whether the job is according to a person’s interest or not. Therefore it requires thorough information about yourself and the latest job market. If you are interested to find out what points are to be considered about yourself and the job market, click here;
To find a job, you need to have a comprehensive and well devised plan, which involves thorough research and networking. If you want to find out how to make a plan and how to network to get a job, click here;
Once you are done with making a comprehensive plan you will get your desired job, in case if the plan did not work you need to work on your strategies and consider the points that caused failure. Interested in learning about what mistakes should be avoided, what rules to be followed, click here;
7. Letter of Recommendation
A letter of recommendation is a letter from a supervisor, instructor, or similar authority figure which recommends a particular candidate for a position.
You may also hear a letter of recommendation called a reference letter
Such letters are commonly required for acquiring internships
A well-written letter of recommendation is uniquely customized to the person and the type of position the person is applying for.
It is also possible to see general letters of recommendation which can be used again.
8. Career - Development Seminars
The Career Center
offers a variety of workshops presented by our Career Services
Paraprofessionals. Listed are our most popular Seminars, with upcoming
scheduled times. Some category title to
show seminars in following category.
Orientation Seminar for New Entrants
Resume Writing for 3rd Year Students
Interviewing Techniques for Final Year Students
Focussed Group Discussion for all Students