Your Career Journey
Whether you are pursuing your Walden degree to transition into a new field or advance in your current career, start your career journey by taking these initial steps:
- Take the short How Can We Help You? career quiz. You will receive a list of career resources based on your career goals.
- Familiarize yourself with career planning resources and learn about ways we can support you throughout your Walden program and beyond.
- Watch Career Skills webinars to gain important tools for proactive career management.
- Register for an Office Hours event from the Career Planning and Development homepage or schedule a career advising appointment to connect with a career advisor.
Management and Technology Careers
Are you wondering what you can do with your degree and what knowledge, skills, and experience you will need to reach your career goals? Start exploring career options, industries, employers, and job titles using the following resources and tools:
- Review the Career Exploration tab. Here you will find…
- Self-Knowledge tools to identify your interests, skills, and strengths.
- What Can I Do with This Major? guides for business, management, account, finance, human resources, and related fields.
- Specialized resources for corporate, government, nonprofit, and international career opportunities.
- Research career options in management and technology on O*Net or MyPlan
Tip: Make a list of job titles you are interested in and research the skills and qualifications you will need to be competitive in the job market.
- Visit the WaldenU.edu website to learn about career options recommended for your degree program.
- Watch webinar recordings on a multitude of specialty topics including launching a career in consulting, preparing for careers in higher education, career opportunities by program, and many others.
- Create a Career Plan to organize your career exploration activities.
Job Search Tools
Whether you are actively looking for a new job or working on your future career goals, do not miss these job search resources:
- Search for job opportunities and review job postings using the Walden Job and Internship Search Locator.
Tip: Some employers post jobs exclusively for Walden students, which may appear at the top of job search results.
- Use GoinGlobal to locate U.S. based and global jobs and internships, review the global employer directory, and access city and country guides for living and working abroad.
- Review interest-specific job boards for Management and Technology fields to expand your job search.
Tip: Research job postings to determine what skills and qualifications employers are seeking for the types of positions you are pursuing.
- If you are actively looking for new job opportunities, visit the COVID-19 Toolkit for resources, tips, and strategies on how to navigate employment uncertainty.
- For specific-interest sites, such as virtual and freelance jobs, corporate positions, or international opportunities, review the Special Interest Resources section of the Career Exploration tab.
Resumes, Cover Letters, Portfolios, and More
Create a cover letter and resume to capture your work experience, education, and qualifications.
1. Visit the Resumes & More tab to gain resume and cover letter writing tips, review outlines, and watch career skills videos.
2. Build a resume or cover letter using SkillsFirst. Refer to the
Tip: Review the "Walden Preferred" templates inside SkillsFirst for resume and letter samples related to Business and Management careers:
E-Portfolio Tip: Consider using the Professional Portfolio template to start building your portfolio or use a custom sample developed for your academic program.
SkillsFirst is a self-guided career management system with 500+ templates and tools to help you create high-impact materials including resumes, cover letters, and career portfolios; and an interview prep function to practice interviewing skills. Including resumes templates, custom cover letter samples and portfolio templates.
Marketing Your Qualifications Through Resumes and Cover Letters
Volunteering and Internships
Consider helping an organization, supporting a small business owner with a current challenge, or working on a virtual project from home. Completing a skills-based volunteering project or internship can help you enhance your current skill set, add new skills and experiences to your resume, and learn more about what you like to do; all while supporting Walden’s mission of social change.
The following resources can help you get started:
- Learn more about face-to-face and virtual volunteer opportunities and internships .
- Participate in the Walden Change Action Network .
Networking and Professional Development
Uncover new career possibilities by strengthening your online and offline networks, engaging in professional activities, and enhancing your professional image.
- Gain tips to boost your online presence and expand your professional network by watching Launching with LinkedIn
- Join a Professional Association in your field to network and actively engage in your professional development.
Tip: For lists of Professional Associations for Management and Technology students, visit the Networking page and navigate to the Associations and Professional Development box (bottom right-hand side). Here you can also find Professional Development sites with information technology certifications and other professional resources.
- Watch the webinar, Ten Steps to Enhance Your Professional Image and take steps to develop your professional identity.
- Engage in the Walden community through student organizations while building professional connections and leadership skills.
Interviewing with Confidence
Gain confidence in your interviewing and presentation skills and connect with employers:
- Get ready for interviews by visiting the Interviews tab, which offers tips for preparing for face-to-face and virtual interviews, handling challenging questions, negotiating salary, and following up after the interview.
- Log into SkillsFirst and use the Interviews module to practice mock interviewing skills.
Tip: This tool includes over 12,000 interview questions to build your confidence. Search for interview questions using keywords related to your interest area (e.g. management, information technology, marketing, human resources, finance, etc.) or role (e.g. analyst, director, manager, administrator, etc.).
- Read interviewing advice on the Career Planning and Development blog.
Doctoral Level Career Paths
Whether you are currently pursuing a doctoral program or considering advancing your studies in the future, these resources can help you prepare for careers at the doctoral level:
- Doctoral Resources page: one-stop page for doctoral-level career exploration and preparation. .
- Doctoral Career Pathways Conference recordings and guides: There are four sessions for you to explore.
- Six common doctoral career paths
- How to gain experience
- Ways to market academic and professional skills
- Tools for career planning
- Doctoral webinars on relevant topics such as publishing, presenting at conferences, and establishing a digital identity as a scholar-practitioner.
- Curriculum Vitae Guide: a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to create or strengthen your academic CV.
Tip: This guide also includes CV samples for careers in higher education, consulting, organizational leadership and development, and other areas.
- Career Planning and Development Blog article: Strategies to Leverage a Dissertation or Doctoral Study for Career Advancement