Choose Your Major and Career

To schedule an appointment with Career Services call 217.351.2219 or click here.

Career Assessments

Free Online Assessments.  You are invited to follow up with Career Services to discuss results.

How do my interests relate to occupations?

How do my work values match up to careers?

How can I transfer my skills to occupations?

Assessments for a Fee

Strong Interest Inventory is a well known career planning tool.  $20 fee. Contact Career Services to register. Follow-up appointment required. 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator has helped people gain insights about themselves and how they interact with others.  $20 fee. Contact Career Services to register.  Follow-up appointment required.


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Occupational Information 


CollegeGrad
Learn How to Become
U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupations/Outlook Handbook
Illinois Career Information (Veteran’s Info, Green Jobs, 50+Careers, etc.)

Career Onestop
O*NET

Insidejobs.com


CandidCareer.com

An easy to use website that hosts a library of thousands of 1-3 minute video clips of informational interviews and career advice topics.  New videos added weekly.

CandidCareer.com

3 Steps to Career Exploration

Do you find yourself drawn to a number of fields or just don’t have any idea what you want to do?  You're not alone.  By following the three steps below, you will be on your way to feeling more focused and confident about your educational and career journey.

1. Self Assessment

Career planning begins with you.  What are you interested in?  What are you good at?  What’s important to you in your career? (e.g. do you want to help people?  make a difference? work outside?  be creative?)   Career counselors can administer career assessments that will help you to explore your interests as they relate to college majors and careers.  You can’t sell yourself to others until you know who you are and what makes you tick!

Other questions to ask yourself:

  • What do I like to do?  What motivates me?
  • Do I prefer to work with people, things or ideas?
  • Where would I like to live?
  • What is important to me?
  • What type of environment would I like to work in?
  • What classes have I liked the best?
  • How much education am I willing to pursue?
  • Would I have to relocate for training? for employment?


If you’d like to get a jumpstart on self-assessment, here are a few links to explore on your own.  It’s best to have your results interpreted by a career counselor. If possible, print and bring them with you to your appointment:


How do my interests relate to occupations

How do my values relate to careers

2. Career Exploration

Once you have identified occupational fields best suited for you, you can start to research occupations within those fields.  Some of our favorite links are listed below:

www.bls.gov/oco

www.careeronestop.org

insidejobs.com

Networking can help you to make valuable contacts and learn about careers.  One way to network is by arranging informational interviews, meetings that you set up to interview a professional about their career path and experiences.  When calling for an interview, make it clear that you are not asking for a job—you would just like to get information and advice about a career field that you are considering.  Take notes, ask for a business card and write a thank you note! 

Questions to ask during informational interviews:

  • How did you get into this field?
  • Could you describe a typical day or week for me?
  • What do you find most rewarding about your work? most challenging?
  • What skills are most important to succeed in your work?
  • What educational preparation would you recommend?
  • If you could start over in this field, would you have done anything differently?
  • Can you suggest other people I might talk with?
3. Gain Experience

Explore career options and gain experience through internships, volunteering, or part-time work related to your major.  It’s an excellent way to learn about the field, develop marketable skills and see if that line of work would be a good fit for you.  Volunteering gives you a different perspective on things and provides an opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways.  Potential employers will be looking at your major and your coursework but they will also be very interested in what you did outside of class.