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General Questions

What services does Career Services provide to students?  Isn’t your office only for seniors?
Career Services works with all NKU students (undergraduate and graduate).  Click here for details about the services available to you.


I've never been to Career Services. How can I find it?
Career Services is located in University Center 225, near Norse Tech Bar, the First-Year Student Success Hub, and the NKU Bookstore.


When is Career Services open?
During fall and spring semesters, we are open M, 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and T,W,Th.,F: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During summer, we are open M-F, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


Do you have a career test that will tell me what to do?
There is no career assessment (test) that will tell you what career or major to choose.  However, Career Services does offer FOCUS 2, an online, self-paced career assessment to help you identify your interests, personality traits, skills, and work values. Your results are linked to possible careers and majors for you to explore. Click on FOCUS 2 and follow the instructions. Make an appointment with a career advisor for assistance with understanding your results and planning next steps.



What is Handshake and why should I use it?
Handshake is an online job database accessible 24/7 that allows you to view job, co-op, and internship postings as well as view on-campus interview opportunities with employers recruiting NKU students. 


Career Advising & Programs

How do I request an appointment with Career Services?
Visit Career Services in University Center 225, call 859-572-5680, or log into your Handshake account to schedule an appointment.


How long are appointments?
Appointments range from 15-minutes for quick questions, to an hour (or more) for in-depth conversations. If you have a class conflict, just let us know in advance if you need to step out a few minutes early or if you know you'll arrive a minute late.


Do I have to make an appointment or may I drop in for assistance?
We provide Career Services by appointment, with options ranging from 15-minutes to an hour (depending on the topic).  You can schedule in Handshake, by phone, or feel free to drop by to schedule an appointment! 


Do I need to sign up for workshops or events in advance?
Generally, you do not need to pre-register for workshops or events. However, some events with eligibility requirements or space limitations may require pre-registration. Go to the left menu and click on Programs/Events for a list of upcoming events.


Interviewing & Recruiting

How do I sign up for an on-campus interview?
Sign up for on-campus interviews is through Handshake.


Should I skip class for an interview?
No. Career Services strongly encourages students to schedule on-campus interviews outside of class times. Career Services cannot grant permission nor excuse an absence from class. When there is a time conflict, it is up to students to make arrangements to seek permission from professors/instructors in advance of the interview.


How do I sign up for a mock interview?
You can sign up for a mock/practice interview by calling 859-572-5680.  Please email your resume to beforehand, then treat this as if this is a real interview.  We will simulate a common interview with some typical interview questions, then provide you with feedback and tips to improve.  If you have a specific position in mind, please share the job description with us and we will customize your interview questions. We ask that you dress professionally and bring a copy of your resume to the interview.


Cooperative Education & Graduate School

What should I do if I'm interested in a co-op or internship?
Our career advisors can help get you started on your search and provide you with information about Handshake and the various other resources available. See Co-ops/Internships on the left menu for further information.


What is the difference between a co-op and an internship?
While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, a co-op is a paid work experience related to the student’s major (or minor), with academic credit earned.  An internship is a curricular work experience which may or may not be for academic credit and may or may not be paid.  See Co-ops/Internships on the left menu for further information.


Do you have information about Graduate or Professional School?
Yes. See Graduate School Planning on the left menu for further information. We also have resources in the Career Services career library.