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Mission & Vision

Find your purpose and jumpstart your career

Where personal discovery, connections and support lead to rewarding outcomes

At the DePaul University Career Center, we believe the path to your successful future starts with you. By helping you understand and shape your passions, interests and skills, we connect you with majors, internships, jobs and opportunities so that you can take on Chicago—and the world—with vigor, knowledge and preparation.

Our Vision

The DePaul Career Center inspires excitement about the future and empowers DePaul students to own and shape their personal and professional journeys.

Our Mission

The DePaul Career Center helps students build confidence, explore possibilities, and develop a powerful personal brand. We leverage our relationships with employers, alumni, faculty and staff to facilitate meaningful experiences, mentoring connections and partnerships that position students for success in their careers and their communities.

What We Believe

In the DePaul Career Center:

  • We believe in DePaul students and alumni and in their potential to have successful, fulfilling careers.
  • We believe a DePaul education provides students with the knowledge, skills and experiences to succeed in a continually changing workplace.
  • We believe success is individually defined, and exploring purpose plays a role in determining what success looks like.
  • We believe there are many career options that align with a student’s interests, skills, personality and values; major does not have to equal career.
  • We believe career exploration can be inspiring and fun and that it’s never too early to begin exploring.
  • We believe there is no “right” place to start; we help students at every stage of their journey.
  • We believe preparing career-ready students requires an integrated effort with faculty, staff and other campus partners.
  • We believe our employers are essential partners who provide meaningful experiences, industry knowledge that can inform curriculum, and vital connections to the communities in which our students and alumni live and work.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

Diversity is embedded in our Vincentian Mission. This is how we live it today.

The DePaul University Career Center upholds and advances the university’s commitment to diversity as a core value, and strives to create and model an environment that fosters respect, inclusion and equity. We actively work to address and eliminate racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, transphobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hatred in our environment.

We are committed to developing and delivering inclusive programs and services and advocating for a more inclusive and equitable approach to career readiness and professionalism. We hold ourselves accountable for being an antiracist and inclusive community through educating ourselves, engaging in self-reflection about our own social identities and positionality, examining our own biases, and taking action when injustices arise. 

As a team dedicated to empowering students and alumni to achieve career success and improve their social mobility, we are committed to advancing racial equity by:

  • Enriching our community by including and amplifying underrepresented and marginalized student and staff voices

  • Educating ourselves and our employer partners on racial equity and inclusion topics 

  • Creating programs, resources, and services that support and are responsive to our diverse community 

  • Respecting the uniqueness of each individual’s ideas and experiences

  • Helping students and alumni build confidence to thrive in a global, multicultural workplace and make an impact in their careers and communities​​