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Northwestern Career Advancement upgrades CareerCat mobile app

Cenkeshia Johnson, Reporter

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After launching a new mobile app for CareerCat in the fall, Northwestern Career Advancement has improved its accessibility for Apple and Android users to enhance students’ access to career resources.

NCA executive director Mark Presnell said the app will benefit students as it allows the same functionality that students have on the desktop version of CareerCat.

“CareerCat’s a place that students can manage appointments, look at over 15,000 jobs and internships, see information sessions and sign up for interviews,” Presnell said. “Basically, it’s the portal for students to use at Northwestern …  to find jobs, internships and opportunities.”

Presnell said NCA piloted the app during last quarter’s career fair, which allowed students to bring their resumes on the CareerCat app. It was during that process that NCA found out the app worked much better with the iPhone than with Android phones, Presnell said, prompting further improvements.

Weinberg junior Sammi Roth said the app has been a good resource for her since her return from Seville, Spain, where she studied abroad in the fall.

“I didn’t really use the app last year, but coming back from (studying) abroad, I started to use it to look for internships and other opportunities,” she said. “The app was user friendly and very resourceful, relatively easy to use.”

Students can use the desktop version of CareerCat to follow certain companies, Presnell said. As opportunities matching those preferences become available over time, the app will notify students about potential jobs or internships, he said.

Communication junior Isabella Procassini said she uses the app on her phone and it is easy to navigate. She said she finds the career fair function particularly useful, as students can use the app to access a list of employers who are coming as well as brief, searchable profiles on each one.

The update to CareerCat that allows app users to receive notifications based on preferences set up on the desktop version is a good addition, Procassini added.

“It’s more user friendly than it was in the past, really convenient for students to use and this app makes it more accessible,” she said.

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