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Intro to The Career Center
Career Center 101
It’s never too early—or too late—to visit The Career Center. We specialize in college student career development. Whether you are exploring majors and careers, looking for experience on and off campus, or considering graduate or professional school, we are here every step of the way. This workshop introduces you to our services and resources. No pressure, just information.
Career and Major Exploration
EPICS (Exploring Pathways in Career Success)
EPICS is an interactive online tool available to students. Learn how we can provide a workshop that helps students take the next step in their career development process after completing one of the EPICS modules.
Major Decision Next Steps
In this workshop, you will gain insight on your interests, skills, strengths, and how those fit your career goals. This presentation can be customized to your major and is an ideal workshop for students that just declared or just entered a major.
Making a Major Decision
Learn strategies and resources to find a major that's the right fit for your interests. A career assessment tool will be available along with the use of O*NET.
Jobs and Internships
Acing your Interview
During an interview, you only have a short time to convey you are a great fit for a position or organization. Learn the most common types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, how to structure answers to interview questions, and tips for following up after an interview.
Building Your Powerful LinkedIn Profile
Want to establish a strong LinkedIn profile to search for opportunities and professionally connect with the people in industries that interest you? Learn how to navigate LinkedIn and continue to develop your personal brand.
Career Fairs: Maximizing Your Experience
Attending a career fair is an important step towards obtaining an internship or full-time employment, and Illinois offers several career fairs. We know your time is limited, but you do not need a lot of time to get the most out of a career fair. This workshop teaches you what to expect as well as how to create your elevator pitch, navigate employer booths, and follow up with employers after the event.
Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter
Cover letters are challenging to write, and yet, are often a critical aspect of an internship or job application. Learn how to write an effective cover letter that showcases your skills and experiences for a specific position.
Creating Your Powerful Resume
Having a well thought-through and strategically laid out resume is key to landing an interview. Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to draft an effective resume that describes your qualifications, skills, and experience.
Evaluating a Job Offer
This workshop is designed to help you understand the full value of your compensation package. Benchmark your starting salary and learn strategies to negotiate your offer. It is never too early to begin practicing and gaining confidence when negotiating.
Finding an Internship
Gaining experience while in college is very important when it comes to finding employment after graduation. Learn how to search for internships and other opportunities by using different search engines including Handshake @ Illinois, our campus-wide career services platform.
Handshake: Employers and Job Opportunities at Your Fingertips
Handshake is your portal to thousands of employers that are specifically seeking Illinois students to fill their internship and job opportunities. Learn how to put Handshake to work for you in this 30 minute workshop.
Professional Branding and Etiquette
Your brand and network are critical components of a successful job search. Learn how to craft your brand and communicate your brand with employers in a professional way. This workshop also covers professional etiquette.
The Job Search Process
The job search process is more than just applying to dozens of positions that you find online. There are a variety of strategies and resources specific to your search. Learn about essential tools needed to conduct a successful job search.
Graduate School and Health Professions
Exploring the Health Professions
In this workshop, we will cover health professions Illinois students pursue, health related opportunities in Champaign-Urbana, and how to become a competitive applicant. We will also go over services and resources offered at The Career Center for Pre-Health students. Want a specific topic covered for your RSO or class? Please request topics in the "Additional Comments" on the form.
Preparing for Graduate School
Making the decision to go to graduate school is one that requires a great deal of planning and organization. This presentation is designed to provide information, advice, and resources to help you along this process.
Writing Your Personal Statement
Learn strategies to understand the prompt, organize your ideas, and draft a compelling statement that will help you stand out from other applicants.
Global/International Student Series
Best Job Search Resources for International Students
With so many job search resources for international students, how do you know which ones to use? This workshop will help you identify resources that will be most helpful for you. Also, learn how to use LinkedIn to search for jobs and network. Many samples and examples will be shared. Please bring your laptop.
Career Services for International Students
This workshop introduces you to services, programs and resources provided by The Career Center, including a short tour of our space.
Global Career Opportunities
Learn about job markets and careers in a specific country. This workshop will be arranged at the request of an RSO representing international students. The RSO is expected to participate in the planning process.
Strategic Use of LinkedIn for International Students
LinkedIn is a very powerful tool for networking activities. Learn how to create an appealing LinkedIn profile and how to use LinkedIn for your career exploration, networking, and informational interviews. Please bring your laptop.
Understanding Cultural Differences in the Job Search
What American employers value in candidates has much to do with attitudes and character traits valued in American culture. These cultural differences and nuances can be difficult for international students to understand and demonstrate. In this workshop, we'll discuss some key cultural norms and ways to show employers you have what they’re looking for.