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About Career Development

Graduate College Career Development supports graduate students and postdocs as they build meaningful careers at Illinois and beyond.

For Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

At any point in your graduate career, we help you develop as a polished, successful professional and realize your goals. Whether you have decided on a career or are still exploring options, we can help you:

  • Recognize and prioritize your strengths, interests, and preferences as the foundation for career exploration
  • Identify and explore a variety of careers that use your advanced skills
  • Build relationships with alumni, employers, and campus resources
  • Craft and implement targeted job search strategies
  • Communicate your value persuasively and confidently in application materials, interviews, and job offer negotiation

Schedule an Appointment | Attend a Workshop | Use Handshake | Request a Workshop for Your Group

For Faculty and Departments

Graduate College Career Development can help as you prepare students to succeed during and after graduate school. We can assist with:

  •     Encouraging students to plan and set goals during their studies
  •     Developing students’ communication skills
  •     Getting students ready for the job search
  •     Helping students explore career paths that align with their skills and values

Schedule a Customized Workshop | Refer a Student | Career Outcomes Toolkit | Consult with Us

For Employers

Graduate College Career Development connects you with high quality graduate level candidates. Whether you are looking to fill an internship or full-time position, we can help you:

  • Expand your presence on campus to increase student awareness
  • Build relationships with faculty, departments, and student organizations
  • Use the Handshake recruiting system to advertise positions
  • Connect with qualified candidates in STEM, social sciences, and humanities disciplines

Post a Job | Visit Campus | Contact Our Employer Outreach Staff

Contact Us

We are located in the Graduate College at 507 E. Green St. Contact us by email at