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Career development

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In LAS, academic growth is only a part of our students' journey to success. Our LAS Success Workshops guide students within and beyond the classroom as they explore and design their careers.

Workshops and fairs

LAS Success Workshops

These workshops are designed to help LAS students with career exploration and career success (developing employable skills). See the full schedule.

LAS in C-U Internship Fair

This internship fair is for undergraduates looking It showcases more than 40 employers whose internships can help students develop their professional skills. Learn more.

Campus-wide fall career fairs

LAS students are welcome to attend all career fairs held on campus. Career fair websites (found on I-Link) list employers and the job/internship opportunities available.

Career fair dates for spring 2017
  • Business Career Fair: Feb. 1-2
  • Arts and Culture Fair: Feb. 3
  • Engineering Career Fair: Feb. 7-8
  • Startup Career Fair: Feb. 9
  • Educator's Fair: March 6
  • Research Park Career Fair: March 9
  • Illini Career & Internship Fair: April 5

I-Link

I-Link is the University of Illinois' career management system for all students. It's an online resource that can help you find:

  • Jobs and internships
  • Upcoming career fairs
  • On-campus recruiting events
  • Networking opportunities
  • On-campus interviews
  • A calendar of campuswide career programs and events

All student automatically have an I-Link account. You use your NetID and password to log in. After you graduate, you'll still have access as an alumnus or alumna of the College of LAS.

Courses

Exploring Careers in Government: LAS in DC (LAS 199)

3-4:50 p.m. Thursdays
1 credit hour
Course website

LAS in DC: In this course, students will explore career opportunities in government and government relations by visiting Washington, D.C. for a spring break field experience from March 19-25, 2017.

During the field experience, students will have the opportunity to do site visits and network with University of Illinois alumni working in the nation's capital. Students will also learn how to articulate through professional communication the skills and perspectives emphasized by an LAS education. Students will develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in government-focused work.

The course will meet during the first eight weeks of the spring semester leading up to the spring break Washington, D.C. field experience. Registration is restricted until students have been accepted into the program by the College of LAS. Please find more information and apply online.

Application deadline: 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27

Learn more about the class at an informational session:

  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in 1024 Lincoln Hall
  • 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in 1027 Lincoln Hall
  • 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in 1024 Lincoln Hall
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in 1024 Lincoln Hall

Exploring the World of Work (LAS 199 EWW)

Open to LAS freshmen and sophomores.
3-4:50 p.m. Tuesdays
1 credit hour
Course website

In this course, students will develop a professional development plan that integrates their interests, skills, values, and knowledge. The plan allows them to make the most of their time as an LAS undergraduate and experience the challenges and opportunities of thinking intentionally about their professional futures.

Students will explore potential career opportunities for those with degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and learn about options for career development at Illinois. Students will also learn how to articulate the skills and perspectives emphasized by an LAS education and consider the value of a liberal arts and sciences education in today's globalized world of work.

Advising

More information coming soon!

Resources

Campus resources

Several university entities offer resources for students to help them with their personal and professional development.

They include:

Internships

Internships are valuable ways of adding practical experience to your college education. See a selection of internships for LAS students. Find more by visiting I-Link.

ATLAS, the technology support division of the College of LAS, offers internships to LAS students interested in learning about technology. These internships include communication, website development, social media, graphic design, technology client support, programming, and more. You can apply online.

The value of a liberal arts and sciences degree

The value of a liberal arts degree, the importance of a well-rounded education, and the earning potential of graduates has been well-documented in the media.

Business career tips for liberal arts majors

More than half of all LAS graduates go on to management positions in business. Statistics show that the same qualities that drew them to an LAS education that emphasizes communication and analytical skills prepares them well for leadership. This online guide shows how liberal arts majors can prepare you for these careers.