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CRDV-301: Introduction to Career Development

CRDV-301: Introduction to Career Development is an introductory course and an undergraduate's first official step to being involved in the programs offered by Engineering Career Development. It is required for undergraduates interested in participating in an ECD work-integrated learning program.

Note: Graduate students do not need to take CRDV-301.

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Register for CRDV-301

Note: This course is a prerequisite for undergraduates to participate in any Engineering Career Development work-integrated program. 

Students may register for the appropriate CRDV-301 section through CAESAR during normal registration periods. This course is offered every fall, winter, and spring quarter.

Each section meets for 10 weeks. Class does not meet during final exams.

The fall and winter quarters hold many opportunities to interview and network with employers for Summer internships and co-ops. Therefore, we suggest you take CRDV-301 during your Freshman or early Sophomore year, so you are prepared for summer work experiences.

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The CRDV-301 instructors are our career advisors from Engineering Career Development.

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  • Students are expected to attend each class, participate in class lectures and activities, and complete all assignments
  • Students will receive an "S" (satisfactory) or "U" (unsatisfactory) grade for the course, with no impact on their GPA
  • More than two absences will result in a "U"

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Course Objectives

I. Assess

  • Reflect on personal strengths, preferences and goals in order to positively describe and market yourself to employers
  • Visit the Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) office to learn about various career assessments

II. Explore

  • Recognize successful resume and cover letter writing techniques
  • Apply knowledge of available job resources to research different career paths and options within your chosen field
  • Develop successful job search techniques

III. Act

  • Learn how to apply for jobs, co-ops, and/or internships
  • Understand on-campus recruiting events such as career fairs, McCormick Interview Day, and company information sessions
  • Learn what to expect during the interview process
  • Develop successful networking techniques

IV. Decide

  • Learn how to practice ethical behavior during the job search and decision-making process
  • Understand the job offer process
  • Learn appropriate follow-up and interview correspondence methods

V. Work

  • Develop understanding of workplace ethics and expectations
  • Learn about the on-boarding process
  • Learn how to translate your work-integrated learning experience into future career advancement opportunities

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