Internet resources for College and Career Planning.
Printed Resources That
May Be Useful
The United States Department of Labor. (1998-99). The Occupational
Outlook Handbook. Chicago: VGM Career Horizons. This is the
Bureau of Labor Statistics official handbook. It allows you
to research particular occupational fields and gives information
on the nature of work, working conditions, employment, training
and other qualifications, advancement, job outlook, earnings,
related occupations, and sources of additional information.
Straughn, C.T. & Lovejoy Straughn, B. (Eds.) (24th Ed.).
(1997). LoveJoys College Guide. New York: MacMillan Company.
Provides you with infromation on over 4000 school listings.
Plus where to find 650 majors and special programs!
and Careers: A resource guide for effective life planning
Phifer, P. (1999). College Majors and Careers: A resource
guide for effective life planning (4th ed.) Garrett park,
MD: Garrett Park Press. Provides you with information on 60
majors that are linked to over 350 careers. Each major also
includes related skills, leisure time activities, personal
values, and professional organizations.
Gernand, R. (Ed.) ( 2nd ed.). (1999). The College Board Guide
to 150 Popular College Majors. Provides you with first-hand
accounts from students about how they chose their majors,
information on majors, and how they connect to careers.
Many other books are available in
the Career Resource Center.
Sites for Learning about
The Career Interest Game
This is a game designed to help match
the readers interests and skills with similar careers. It
can help you begin thinking about how your personality will
fit with specific careers.
The Career Key
This is a test designed to examine
the job interests you have, your likes and dislikes, abilities,
values, and how you see yourself. It will then create a career
key that fits you based on the information you give them and
then identify career groups that are likely to fit you.
Keirsey Character and Temperament
There are two parts to this personality
questionnaire; character and temperament sorter. It is designed
to identify different kinds of personality temperaments. After
completion of the questionnaire, it will categorize you into
one of four temperament categories and the specific careers
associated with that temperament.
A comprehensive and integrated online
solution for exploring and targeting colleges, college majors,
and careers. Whether you're heading to college or already
there, it can help you learn more about yourself and explore
the paths available to you.
Sites for Selecting
Majors and Careers
This page is designed to help you
learn about different jobs and careers. You can select a career
to learn what to expect from a job and what to do in college
in order to receive the job you desire.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This is the Bureau of Labor Statistics
official handbook. It allows you to research particular occupational
fields and gives information on the nature of work, working
conditions, employment, training and other qualifications,
advancement, job outlook, earnings, related occupations, and
sources of additional information.
Job profiles has a profile of careers
that was completed by someone who is successful in their jobs.
They give a description of their job, stressors and rewards,
future challenges, and advice.
Discover Careers That Fit You:
The Career Interest Checklist
We provide the checklist to enable
you to find a beginning point for your study of careers. It
is the act of exploration (through careful study) that will
lead you to know which career is right for you.
Choosing A Major
"Choosing and Using Your Major"...sound
advice on selecting a major. This site tells you "what
you can do with a major in...."
Sites for Searching Colleges
This site provides you with information
of over 1400 four-year universities. It will provide you with
information on location, distance from home, cost, size, selectivity,
major, student/faculty ratio, academic programs, single/coed,
setting, diversity, extracurricular activities, sports, ranking,
and religious affiliation.
This site provides you with information
on over 1200 community colleges. It gives the reader information
on location, programs, distance from home, student services,
admissions, academics, and cost.
U.S. Two-year Colleges
This site has links to over 1,000
United States two-year college campuses.
This site allows you to select a college
and then it will give information on the college's student
body, majors and degrees, student life, athletics, special
services, admissions and foreign student information, scholarships,
and financial aid.
Illinois Community College Board
This site allows you to search for
community colleges by college major. You can also link to
all Illinois community colleges.
Illinois Board of Higher Education
Use this site to connect to nearly
180 Illinois colleges and universities