Delta Epsilon Iota is the only national honor society dedicated to career development and November is National Career Development Month! What is with all of this career development? Do you have any idea what it means?

Is it about building a resume?

Is it about looking good at an interview?

Is it about positioning yourself to buy a private jet and tickets to the moon?

Maybe.

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A quick google search turns up some key concepts that make up Career Development. They revolve around developing a life that fits with your values, interests, and talents, and aligning these key aspects of your identity with your chosen career or careers. Career Development is a lifelong learning process and goes beyond studying the latest resume style  or confirming the fact that an interview is not the place to wear a string bikini.

Career Development  is all about positioning yourself to make work-life choices based on your values, interests, and skills. Ideally these choices can help you create the life you would like to lead at work and at home.  For some, Career Development may involve learning to walk in heels and wear a suit.  For others it is more about getting vaccinations and acquiring a passport.  Still others may need some steal toed boots and the ability to read blueprints.  There are a lot of options out there, but the most important work can be in knowing yourself and being open to careers that have yet to be invented.

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NAU Career Development at University College sponsors Delta Epsilon Iota with this in mind.  Club members learn about themselves and the broader community through service. They plan and participate in various service activities, and meet with people who work with the organizations they serve by networking.  Members are called upon to demonstrate dedication, enthusiasm, and initiative as they plan and participate in their own career development and provide opportunities for others to do the same.

To join DEI you need 30 completed credit hours, and a 3.3 GPA or higher.  You can join at any point during the school year, although induction ceremonies to welcome new members are only held once a year in January.  The lifetime membership fee of $80.00 collected by the national office helps to provide operating funds for our chapter.

Come to the info session in the Gateway Student Success Center Classroom at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, November 19th to learn more about developing the life you want to lead right here and now.  You can bring new or gently used warm clothing for the Winter Clothing drive, meet some new people, and eat some free food while you are at it.

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