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Self-awareness is key to growing your career. With high self-awareness, you can narrow in on a position that will provide you high engagement and satisfaction for the rest of your professional life.

Well-defined goals are the next step to heighten your career. Take the time to clearly identify your ultimate goal before moving forward. Your goals may change as you progress on your journey, but they will stay true to your interests, values and strengths.

know yourself

Getting to know yourself better can seem like a daunting task, but we’re here to help. Reflect on what energizes and inspires you to lend clarity to where your career trajectory should take you.

By taking this step, you’ll be able to focus your efforts and narrow in on your career goals.

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"The career services office has facilitated many incredible connections for my cohort and for me. It has given us an opportunity to ask questions and have conversations with industry professionals. I found this extremely valuable in so many aspects."

 - Alyssa Allen, MSHRM '22


know the market

Whether you are staying in the same industry or exploring a new one, it’s crucial that you familiarize yourself with the industry’s ins and outs. The Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business is here to supply you with best practices for exploring and researching your opportunities. Using the FIG (function, industry, and geography) framework, our career services coaches will help you access the information you need and ensure you’re on the right path.

Equally important to understanding what matters to employers is understanding what matters to you. As you think about your next steps, consider what you’re looking for in an employer and what is non-negotiable to you. Such questions will guide you towards your perfect position.

A great way to explore and identify industries of interest is to attend campus career fairs and company visits.

Check out Purdue’s Libraries and School of Information Studies Career Research Portal to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the current job market.


“There are tons of opportunities where I can be involved outside of the classroom that made me more competitive in the workforce, like case competitions, various organizations, and on-campus jobs. I was able to figure out my passion for consulting and sharpen the essential skills to succeed in the workplace.”
Priscilla Gracia, MS Finance '22

Grow your network

As you know, a professional network is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. Connections can be the difference between getting a position or not, so be sure to take advantage of the knowledge in your network.

Build a well-developed LinkedIn profile to connect with other professionals. According to Forbes, 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn during the hiring process, so take the opportunity to make yours stand out.

One of the highlights of a master’s degree is gaining access to an expansive network of accomplished alumni. Purdue alumni can accelerate your career path through a wealth of knowledge, professional expertise, and connections. Stay engaged with alumni by joining the Purdue Ties network and connect with Boilermakers around the world through Purdue Alumni Association (PAA) Communities

Here we provide you with sample emails you can use to model your first outreach to an industry professional, introducing yourself and asking for a short conversation. We've also drafted for you questions you can use when speaking with a professional for the informational interview. 


Career Progression

Growing your career is no easy task, and your journey may take many turns. Our path to success will guide you on your journey with clear steps along the way, from exploring your goals to launching your career with intention.

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