Creating Career Plans

From student to professional

At Indiana University, we believe that career development is a fundamental part of an IU education. Through the courses that you choose and the experiences you have both inside and outside the classroom, you are building the foundation for your future career path. Your campus career center has resources to help you explore your interests and skills, identify potential majors, and intentionally design your journey through college to ensure you see success landing a job or continuing your education once you graduate from IU. Visit your campus career center early and often! 

Career Tools

Our career support does not stop there! Check out these additional resources available to support you professionally. Career EDGE will help you plan and prepare for a career; Handshake and Ascend will connect you with employers to get you started in your career now or as soon as you graduate.


Career EDGE


This is a 12 module course in Canvas that touches on every aspect of career planning you’ll need while in college. When you don’t have time to get to your campus career center, Career EDGE is still available to answer questions about how to create a resume, look for an internship, or start your job search.

EDGE modules will help you to: 

  • Explore your values, strengths and interests in relation to degrees and careers;
  • Develop an academic plan that connects with careers that excite you;
  • Graduate with a solid plan for furthering your professional goals; and be
  • Employed in a career that you are passionate about!

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Handshake is IU’s college-to-career network. Handshake is the only app that connects you, Indiana University, and employers in one spot. All of the jobs on Handshake are meant for students.  In fact, Handshake has the most opportunities for students and new college grads of any job platform. And unlike other job board websites, employers in Handshake are specifically recruiting Indiana University students. Your career center also posts information about campus events (like resume review, networking opportunities, and workshops) and career fairs in Handshake. You can schedule an appointment to see a career center staff member there as well. It’s your one-stop shop for your future!

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Indiana University partners with Ascend Indiana to help our students and recent graduates find a job or internship in Indiana through Ascend's unique combination of one-on-one guidance and employer relationships. Ascend's mission is to connect our student talent with Indiana employers. Staff at Ascend Indiana provide support to IU students to publish profiles on Ascend's online network. Students upload a resume and then will be contacted by an Ascend recruiter who will continue to assist them throughout their search. Follow the link to get started!

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