Seek Purpose: Careers and Callings at the University of Notre Dame

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CAR EERS AND CALLINGS AT THE UNI VERSIT Y OF NOTR E DAME


When you become a Notre Dame student, you answer a calling. Your unique skills and talents will vary from every other Domer’s, but one common thread unites us all: the desire to be a force for good in the world. How you impact the world is up to you—but you won’t have to figure it out on your own. Our students become physicians, rocket scientists, immigration attorneys, novelists, Wall Street executives, and psychologists. They choose many other careers we don’t have room to list. But not all students begin with the end in mind. In taking their first class, landing their first internship, working their first campus job, or talking with their academic advisor, students begin a process of discernment that takes them beyond a career to their calling. Along the journey, Notre Dame offers the resources of a Top 20 university: ª

Personalized advising from your first year

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Experiential learning opportunities via internships, service, and work

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Career advising and professional development

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Connections with alumni and other members of the global Notre Dame family

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A degree that speaks volumes to employers

When you become a Notre Dame student, you embark on a grand adventure, one that determines your impact on the world, one that leads to a career and a life lived with purpose.


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YOUR NEXT GREAT ADVENTURE


89%

OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN INTERNSHIPS OR RESEARCH PROJECTS

Experience is the greatest teacher In order to understand the world, and your place in it, you have to experience it for yourself. Conduct research, learn a language, intern at a global corporation, spend a semester living in Washington, D.C.—or São Paulo. These adventures help you prepare for your future in untold ways. Through experiential learning, our students gain professional experience before they graduate. They connect with future employers and leaders in their fields. They gain cultural competency and fluency in the history and systems that organize the world. These are just some of the benefits, both measurable and immeasurable, of hands-on learning.

Take on the world Experiential learning is an engaged learning process where students “learn by doing” and then reflecting on the experience. Activities include hands-on laboratory experiments, internships, community-engaged learning, study abroad, undergraduate research, and studio performances, among other activities. Every college and school at Notre Dame offers community-engaged courses, where students engage with the world’s most pressing issues outside of the classroom. University funding makes many experiences, such as international research and study abroad, accessible to all students.

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DISCERN & PREPARE As your path unfolds before you, you may need guidance. That’s where the Meruelo Center for Career Development comes in. This full-service career advising center is open to you from the moment you arrive on campus. You will be empowered to discern, discover, and pursue a meaningful career through career counseling and development services, self-assessments, workshops, career fairs, mock interviews, and so much more.

Students and graduates can find jobs on Handshake, the center’s virtual platform, and they take advantage of Irish Compass. Through this online community, users find mentors, connect with other Domers, ask career questions in industry-specific discussion groups, and connect with potential employers looking to hire Notre Dame graduates.

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ADVANCED DEGREE, ADVANCED PREPARATION


YOUR NOTRE DAME DEGREE PUT TO WORK

98%

OF STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES (JOBS, GRADUATE SCHOOL, OR VOLUNTEER WORK) WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF GRADUATION

80%

OF NOTRE DAME PRE-MED GRADUATES ARE ADMITTED INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL (TWICE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE)

90%

LAW SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE RATE

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PRODUCER OF FULBRIGHT STUDENTS FOR EIGHT CONSECUTIVE YEARS

Students who plan to attend graduate school benefit from personalized academic advising and guidance as they prepare to further their education. If your sights are set on a master’s, Ph.D., or professional practice degree, you’ll have help as you apply for programs and prepare for entrance exams.

$72,000 MEDIAN SALARY UNIVERSITY-WIDE (SELF-REPORTED)

undergradcareers.nd.edu

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As director in the Architecture and Design Studio at Ralph Lauren, Tim Carroll ’10 oversees design and construction for Ralph Lauren’s global freestanding flagship stores and hospitality projects. “Fortunately for my personality type, the day-to-day is ever changing, so the material is always fresh and engaging,” he says. His work includes meeting and liaising with internal Ralph Lauren partners in decorative, graphics, business, and real estate capacities—and orchestrating design presentations to the man himself, Mr. Ralph Lauren. Some days are spent developing drawing sets and presenting new concepts of future stores and restaurants to global landlords. Along the way, he and his team partner with outside consultants, such as additional architects, millworkers, and contractors. He also travels often in his role for key site visits, drawing and material reviews, presentations, and store openings, among other events.

Carroll says the architecture major at Notre Dame was a great combination of his two passions: art and design. The program was rigorous, offering a classical foundation and later, connections with a network of alumni in his field. The relationships Carroll formed at Notre Dame remain special to him. He spent the architecture program’s required year in Rome with his best friends and he connected with alumni that helped him get his foot in the door for a competitive internship with a New York City architecture firm. “If nothing else, I believe the program has taught me the importance of working hard and putting your best foot forward, and to not take potential opportunities lightly,” says Carroll. “Good opportunities come and go, but you have to keep yourself open. Secondly, and perhaps the more challenging part, you have to be strong enough to pursue what speaks to you, even when others may not always agree or see the potential opportunity in the same light.”

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“THE PROGRAM HAS

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TAUGHT ME THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING HARD AND PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD.”


Sara Abdel-Rahim ’17 breaks barriers for refugee and asylum-seeking chefs. Abdel-Rahim is a project manager at Facebook. She is also the co-founder of Tables Without Borders, which provides opportunities for refugee chefs and those with interests in the culinary arts. The organization pairs refugee chefs with notable restaurants in Washington, D.C., where they are able to develop their culinary talents, build networks, and receive reliable pay that supports them as they seek jobs or open their own restaurants. Tables Without Borders seeks integration by celebrating each chef’s heritage and highlighting the traditions and tastes of their home countries. Abdel-Rahim majored in political science and Arabic at Notre Dame. “My Notre Dame education instilled in me a sense of empathy and encouraged me to continue to serve others,” says Abdel-Rahim. “Through my multitude of research and volunteer experiences at ND, I have been emboldened to constantly make an impact on others wherever I am in the world. I would not have received the support to launch Tables Without Borders if it hadn’t been for the countless members of my Notre Dame family who made it possible.”

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“ MY NOTRE DAME EDUCATION INSTILLED IN ME A SENSE OF EMPATHY AND ENCOURAGED ME TO CONTINUE TO SERVE OTHERS.” 7


“ I CARRY

NOTRE DAME WITH ME TODAY.”

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Drawing on her experiences in technology development, Lucy Driscoll ’13, ’14 M.S., a senior mechanical engineer at Burlington, MA, robotics startup company 10Beauty, has become an influential advocate for STEM education aimed at empowering young women. Driscoll, who holds four patents with the U.S. Patent Office, has developed and presented educational programs at more than a dozen schools, ranging from the elementary to college levels. In addition, she has shown a commitment to supporting and empowering women in the workplace throughout her career by leading her previous company’s employee women’s group and attending leadership forums. Currently, she is a member of her startup’s diversity and inclusion committee aimed at building the foundations of a diverse, equitable workplace.

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Through her work, Driscoll leverages her education and professional expertise to encourage young women to pursue meaningful STEM careers. She hopes to help inspire a rising generation of women scientists and engineers who will use their skills for the betterment of society. At Notre Dame, Driscoll majored in mechanical engineering and she went on to complete the Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s (ESTEEM) Program. “I carry Notre Dame with me today,” says Driscoll. “There, I was deeply inspired by my classmates and the Notre Dame family and their commitment to making their communities a better place. I learned about the importance of integrity, commitment, effective problem solving, and developed the confidence to pursue a meaningful career.”


Mario Ojadi ’20 majored in psychology and pre-health in the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame and he says medical school was always in the back of his mind. As he studied the human brain and body, he took foundational courses like biochemistry and physics, which prepared him to meet the requirements of medical school. In his senior year at Notre Dame, he began seriously preparing for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Now a medical student at Brown University, Ojadi knows he made the right choice. His days are busy. They are spent in class, studying, and participating in hands-on experiences that will prepare him for his career as a physician. He dons a white coat to observe and practice clinical skills alongside physicians, as well as conduct patient interviews, among other activities. As a Notre Dame student, Ojadi had many experiences outside of the classroom that prepared him for life after college. “I’m not a materialistic person,” says Ojadi, “but I like to collect experiences.” He is big on making memories and friendships.

In his sophomore year, Ojadi joined The Wabruda, a campus brotherhood for African American men. He found a niche in that community, making many friends, and eventually becoming vice president of the organization. Wanting to make a difference, Ojadi and other Wabruda members volunteered in the local community. He also volunteered his time tutoring kids at the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend. Ojadi helped to plan and participate on a mission trip outside of the University. He also went on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City with Notre Dame Campus Ministry. As he pursues his career as a physician, Ojadi cherishes the many Notre Dame experiences and relationships that saw him through to this moment. “My Notre Dame education helped me to realize that it has never been where I am or what I’m doing that had the greatest impact,” he says. “Rather, it’s the people around me, those I share memories with, that have taught me my greatest lessons. They remind me to remain focused on the value of what I’m working towards, to find joy in service of others. It is the love and support people give you that makes you a person who can thrive despite all the difficulties of the world. I am living, breathing proof of this.”

“IT’S THE PEOPLE

AROUND ME, THOSE I SHARE MEMORIES WITH, THAT HAVE TAUGHT ME MY GREATEST LESSONS..”

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Notre Dame prepares global citizens to join a worldwide alumni network over 150,000 strong. This is one big thing that sets us apart from other universities. The lifelong engagement and loyalty of our alumni is unparalleled. As a graduate of Notre Dame, you’ll join the most extensive alumni network in the world, not to mention one of the most generous. Alumni help form a social and career network for recent graduates, who find an instant, supportive environment among the members of their local Notre Dame Club and multiple affinity groups. Alumni have been known to help graduates with finding a place to live and making social connections, along with career guidance, mentoring, and professional networking—including making introductions and opening doors with employers and professional organizations.

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150,000 ALUMNI AROUND THE WORLD

3RD IN THE NATION

FOR THE PERCENTAGE OF ALUMNI WHO GIVE BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY

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DOMESTIC ALUMNI CLUBS

2 AUSTRALIAN CLUBS

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