Career Development at NIU

Open Access Option

We have partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to provide you with open access to an online catalog of courses on graduate career development.

Online Personalized Learning

Whether pursuing an academic or non-academic career path, you can select online programs comprised of individual or multiple courses which lead to completion certificates using a personalized learning approach. You can gain access to self-paced videos and interactive professional development resources through the use of modules focused on topics you choose to enhance your career pathway. 

Selected Topics

  • Conflict resolution.
  • Resume writing.
  • Salary negotiation.
  • Science policy.
  • Communication.
  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Professional networking.

The online catalog of courses has something to meet all career needs. We also integrated these online resources into its own professional development workshops.

Receiving and Retaining a License

To receive a license, create a sustainable Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP is an effective tool to structure your career planning and facilitate conversations with members of your mentoring network, such as your research advisor. The best way to meet this requirement is for you to attend one of the Graduate School’s IDP workshops. Questions about setting up an IDP? Contact us at

Retain a license by updating your IDP and show ongoing course activity on NIU’s AAAS Open Access Portal. Courses in the AAAS online catalog can be part of your IDP’s action plan for achieving your career and professional development goals.

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Phone: 815-753-0395
Fax: 815-753-6366

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12:30-4:30 p.m.

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