The Career Center
“I really appreciate that they went beyond the interests I gave them to suggest other careers I might like.”
Phoebe Smith transferred to the University of Illinois after two years at a community college. Smith went to The Career Center to explore her options as a human development and family studies major at a large public research university.
“The atmosphere was comfortable and everyone was helpful, so I started using the Center as a resource on a regular basis,” Smith says. She attended several free workshops offered by The Career Center on such topics as finding an internship, writing a résumé, and applying to graduate school.
After becoming comfortable with The Center’s resources, Smith began working there, helping other students link academic interests with career possibilities. That positive experience (combined with the advice she received from Center professionals) helped Phoebe decide on a career in higher education student affairs.
“I really appreciate that they went beyond the interests I gave them to suggest other careers I might like,” Smith says.
An Illinois education develops the skills sought by employers, graduate schools, and professional schools, but students must also be able to demonstrate their accomplishments and articulate what they’ve learned. The Career Center’s counselors hold more than 3,800 one-on-one counseling sessions per year on topics ranging from developing a career plan that begins freshman year, to discussing strategies for applying to medical school.
Career planning is essential for students at every level, from first-year students picking majors to seniors choosing between job offers. That’s why The Career Center at Illinois isn’t just about finding a job. It’s there for every phase of your college career.