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By learning more about career opportunities and ensuring they compliment your career identity, you are making positive progression towards meeting your career aspirations!

It is essential that you explore career options that are attractive to you, but it is also important to know those that you are not interested in. Remember, there is no way to know all of the information out there! Now, it may be helpful to create a list that contains items that you want to have more in-depth knowledge about.

The next step is to use this information as you progress through the stages of the GOALS program.

Want more? You may find the following services helpful at this stage in the GOALS program.

Career Counseling
Career counseling services are available either face-to-face or through distance secured methods. Licensed Professional Counselors and supervised counseling interns assist individuals and groups with the decision-making process and facilitate the development of career action plans as it relates to life and career directions. Career counselors tailor services according to the needs of the individual in order to clarify life/career aspirations. Some common concerns confronting individuals can include identification of interests, values or skills; improving decision-making skills as related to choosing a major and/or career; identifying resources such as career planning and occupational information systems; educating about job search strategies; resolving personal conflicts on the job by improving interpersonal skills; assisting with the integration of work and other life roles; providing support and decreasing job stress, job loss, and career transitions. Learn more about Career Counseling.

Informational Interviewing
Informational Interviewing can serve as a dual purpose. The technique can be used to gather important information, so decisions can be made about choosing or refining your career path, identifying what is required to succeed within a chosen career, or to learn how to gain access for entry into a chosen field. An added benefit of informational interviewing is meeting new people and keeping in contact with those individuals who have common interests which expands your network.

Graduate School Preparation
Understanding how to make informed decisions about whether or not to attend graduate school is imperative. The Career Development Staff can assist you in exploring the option to attend graduate school. Primary factors for wanting to attend graduate school are to determine your rationale and to ascertain important information about programs and universities which coincide with your interests and established criteria. Other areas worth investigating include feedback from enrolled students and faculty experience and research interests. An additional item to explore includes requirements of the application process such as graduate admission tests, personal essays, minimum grade point average, and application deadlines. Financial considerations and resources such as financial aid, scholarships and fellowships should be considered. Estimating the daily living expenses, tuition, fees, and other costs to sustain a realistic lifestyle while in graduate school may provide a different outlook once additional information is obtained.

Online Test Preparation Courses
Featuring: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, SAT, ACT

The Career Development Center is proud to partner with Cambridge Educational Services to offer a series of online test preparation courses. These interactive courses provide test taking skills and strategies using a six-step approach to test taking. Registration for courses can occur at any time and are available for a four month time period. This proven approach has helped more than a million students reach and retain their potential by achieving exceptionally high test scores.

Download brochure for GRE, GMAT and LSAT (PDF)

Download brochure for SAT and ACT (PDF)

Career Development Center Resource Library
The CDC Resource Library is comprised of up-to-date books, videos, handouts, worksheets, company literature, internship sources, computer kiosks, and career information files available during regular office hours. View a listing of all library resources (Excel).

First Research is also available online 24/7.

First Research

First Reasearch

Explore career opportunities, plan your future and prepare for the interview process with Industry Intelligence from First Research. First Research provides first-class Industry Intelligence to help you understand the latest trends, challenges, opportunities and operations of more than 700 industry segments. Access in-depth profiles, written by industry experts, contain insight and information about:

  • Industry Overviews and Recent Developments
  • Trends, Opportunities and Competition
  • Human Resources and labor Statistics
  • Products, Operations and Technology
  • Finance and Regulation
  • Regional and International Issues
  • Industry Forecasts

To access First Research, login to UIS CareerConnect. You will find the link for First Research listed under Shortcuts. No password is needed!

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FOCUS will help you better understand your interests, work values, personality, skills, and more using tests. The results will enable you to further explore career options.

View a complete listing of the services offered by the CDC.

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