The Career Center provides a variety of services to help Illinois students evaluate major and career options, develop job and internship preparation skills, prepare for graduate or professional school and much more. Please refer to Hours, Services and Locations for additional information.

Counseling and Advising

To schedule an appointment, please call 217-333-0820 or stop by The Career Center.

Career Counseling

Career Counselor meeting with studentOur professional staff of trained career counselors meet with students one-on-one to help address career concerns, assess students' interests, discuss the link between majors and careers, explore career options and assist with job and internship search preparation. Appointments typically are 30 minutes and students often work with the same counselor over multiple sessions depending on their individual need.

General Career Drop-in Advising

Our Drop-in Advising service offers students a 15 minute career consultation with no appointment required. Drop-in Advising is a great place to start for questions about the job search, major, internships, professional materials, or even graduate school. Anything career related is open for discussion!

Drop-in Advising staff will connect you to campus, community, and national resources through referral. Some examples include how to complete an internship search, where to sign up for I-Link, or where to get job specific information.

Health Professions Advising

Discuss the realities and strategies for pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or other health related careers. Appointments consist of 30 minute sessions with a health professions advisor. Our advisors are knowledgeable about preparation, requirements, resources, and applications to health professional programs. All students pursuing health professions (such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, etc) are welcome to schedule an individual pre-health advising appointment to discuss their progress, concerns, and questions.

Health Professions Drop-in Advising

Our Health Professions Drop-In Advising service is intended for students interested in Health Professions to ask quick questions (10-15 minutes).

Job Search Preparation

I-Link

I-Link is the Career Management System housed at The Career Center. Using I-Link, students can search for job and internship opportunities, as well as sign-up for interviews and view a full calendar of career programs and events. Find out more information about I-Link.

Résumé and Cover Letter Reviews

Our Résumé and Cover Letter review services is used by thousands of Illinois students each year. This is an opportunity for you to receive feedback on the content of your résumé through our campus wide drop-in Review Service. Simply show up with a résumé or cover letter in-hand, and sign up for a 10-15 minute session with a trained student reviewer. In order to assist you in creating an interesting and attractive document, reviewers engage you in a discussion about your job history and the types of jobs you will be applying for using your résumé or cover letter. Please bring your target job description for resume and cover letter reviews, if available.

Reviewers assist you in tweaking the language and overall appearance of the résumé, but they do not check for errors in grammar or spelling. For those services, you should schedule an appointment at The Writers’ Workshop.

 

Mock Interviews

The Mock Interview Program provides undergraduates, graduates, and alumni a chance to tweak interviewing skills. Sign up for a practice interview on the phone, over Skype, or in a one-on-one coaching session at The Career Center.

Mock Interviews may be used prior to any form of interview including graduate, professional, health, phone, and job interviews.

Workshops

The Career Center offers a variety of workshops presented by both our Career Services Paraprofessionals and by our Professional Staff. We schedule our most popular workshops throughout each semester. University faculty, staff, and students may also request our workshops for classes, student organization meetings, etc. anywhere on campus.

Career Fairs and Special Events

The Career Center and other Career Services offices at Illinois recruit employers to career fairs each fall and spring semesters. A career fair is a great way to meet many employers at once.The videos below will give you a sense of what to expect and how to prepare for a career fair.

Each Spring The Career Center hosts the All-Campus Career Fair, and maintains a campus career fair calendar for all fairs during the academic year.

 

Professional Development and Other Resources

Career Resource Center

Our resource center library has a range of books and electronic resources to help students achieve their career goals. Current University of Illinois students, faculty and staff may check out items from our collections.

Fliers & Brochures

The Career Center produces a number of useful Career Information Fliers which we make available in PDF format.

Newsletters & Blogs

The Career Center provides many ways to stay connected with us and to receive current career development information, employer recruiting information, campus and Career Center resources, information about programs and visitors to campus; and other issues of interest. Students are highly encouraged to sign up for the various newsletters.