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Career Development Center University of Illinois Springfield

CDC Services

The Career Development Center offers a wide variety of services. The following are particularly relevant as you complete the Self Reflection section of GOALS.

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, 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.


Career Assessments

The department’s Licensed Professional Counselors and supervised counseling interns administer and interpret career assessments such as the Career Thoughts Inventory, Strong Interest Inventory, Self-Directed Search, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Career Transition Inventory, and a variety of card sorts when appropriate. The assessments will assist students and alumni in identifying interests, values, skills, abilities, and personality types. Identifying these attributes can help target the most compatible careers of interests (fees vary). Also available is an online program called FOCUS which includes a self-directed approach to assessments at no extra charge. Although FOCUS is a self-directed program, the department strongly encourages students and alumni to consult with a career counselor to assist with the interpretation to clarify results. Learn more about Career Assessments.


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. Learn more about available packages.


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).




Focus logoFOCUS 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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