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Career and Graduate School Exploration

Career and graduate school exploration is simply the pursuit of matching your skill set and interests with employment opportunities and or graduate programs.

Please get to know yourself first with an interest survey. Career services has online inventories you can complete to learn more about your personality style and preferences.
   :: Strong Interest Inventory ::
         Please email Cori Wagner at to access this assessment. 
Build your future with O*NET OnLine. Welcome to your tool for career exploration and job analysis!  O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!  You can search hundreds of job occupation titles, as well as occupations that are considered Bright OutlookGreen Occupations, and the STEM Disciplines
Connecting to the Occupational Outlook Handbook will bring you to a listing of every position in America according to the census. This site allows you to review qualifications, related positions and gives you an idea of the pay scale. Please explore the "professional" positions listed to the right of the opening screen.
Don't know what to major in or what you can do with a particular major? Check out this What Can I Do With This Major? page.
Talk with your professors, advisors, friends, parents, and others who know you well to get suggestions of programs that may be a good fit for you. What types of subjects within you major(s) IC Professor Working with Studentsinterest you the most? Have you done any research in specific areas that leave you wanting to know more? This type of information can lead you to the correct graduate program for you. Using the internet to learn which schools have what programs can bring the world to your fingertips. The website GradSchools.Com is a free search engine that allows you to search graduate programs all over the country. Use it to learn more about any programs you may be interested in.
Most graduate programs require a graduate school test for entry. Examples of different exams are the GRE (General Record Exam), GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), LSAT (Law School Admission Test), MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test),and VCAT (Veterinary College Admission Test).
Check out basic information on the GRE. Information on what the test is, the three parts, how to register, and where you can take the test locally is included.
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Do you feel called to embark into a career in service?  There are many opportunities and programs for graduates who are seeking jobs in service.  These service options and research or teaching fellowships could be just what you were looking for. Any major can find an opportunity that matches his or her interests. Visit the websites below for more information.
Academy for Urban School Leadership
Earn your Master’s degree and get first hand experience teaching in urban classrooms through Urban Teacher Residency.
Provide community service around the country by working with local and national NGOs. Areas of service: Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth, fight illiteracy, improve health services, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, manage or operate after-school programs, help communities respond to disasters, or build organizational capacity. Upon completion of service receive an education award to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans.

Work abroad or volunteer abroad with the help of BUNAC. Gain valuable work and travel experience, stay for up to a year, and let BUNAC help you with the whole process.

Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country. Since 1995, students at Citizen Schools have developed the academic and leadership skills they need to succeed in high school, college, the workplace, and civic life.

City Year
City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world.

Fulbright  Program :: On-campus Contact: Dean of Student Success Andrew Jones | | 217.245.3010
You could be one of more than 1,500 students who receive a Fulbright U.S. Student grant each year to go overseas. Operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Awards grants in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the sciences, professional fields and Creative and Performing Arts.
Green Corps
Green Corps is looking for college students who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. In Green Corps' year-long paid program, organizers get intensive training in the skills they will need to make a difference in the world.

Habitat for Humanity

Select from a range of programs offered by Habitat for Humanity that fight poverty and homelessness.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
Help to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program also aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth.

Jumpstart's goal is to build literacy, language, social, and initiative skills in young children. Jumpstart Corps members are paired with preschool children from low-income backgrounds in the classroom setting and work together on language, literacy, social, and initiative skills for one year. Through this relationship, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved and communities to progress together. Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

Peace Corps 
Serve for two years in one of 76 program countries, gain a unique intercultural experience, and help build and improve a community. Completed service gives you one year of noncompetitive status when applying for any federal job. During service, Peace Corps Volunteers receive vacation time, pay and living expenses, deferment of student loans, and transportation to and from the country of service. Volunteers with Perkins loans are eligible for partial debt cancellation.

Public Allies 
Advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation, develops a new generation of diverse leaders and promotes innovative leadership practices that meet the demands of changing times.

Teach for America 
Teach for two years in a rural or urban public school, help eliminate education inequality, and give low-income children the education that they deserve. After completion, take advantage of job search and career development resources, partnerships with graduate schools, and employer recruiting partnerships.

Year Up
For young professionals interested in working to close the opportunity divide, Year Up offers some amazing opportunities. Operating a one-year, intensive training program for urban young adults, ages 18-24, Year Up’s mission is to prepare this population for life and work in our technology-driven society while guiding them towards successful and rewarding careers and higher education. Sites in Boston, Providence, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

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