In LAS, academic growth is only a part of our students' journey to success. Our career development programming guides students within and beyond the classroom as they explore and design their careers.
LAS Career Development 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 fall 2016
- Engineering Career Fair: Sept. 7-8
- Business Career Fair: Sept. 14-15
- Engineering Employment EXPO: Sept. 19-20
- FOCUS: The Job Fair for Career-Focused, Paid, Campus Work: Sept. 21
- ACES & Sciences Career Fair: Oct. 6
- LAS in C-U Local Internship Fair: Oct. 19
- Graduate & Professional School Fair: Oct. 19
- International Career Forum: Oct. 21
- Fall Illini Career & Internship Fair: Oct. 26
LAS 199 EWW: Exploring the World of Work
- Open to LAS freshmen and sophomores.
- 3-4:50 p.m. Tuesdays
- 1 credit hour
- Course website
- 1 credit hour
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.
More information coming soon!
Several university entities offer resources for students to help them with their personal and professional development.
- University of Illinois Career Center
- Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
- Illinois Leadership Center
- National & International Scholarships Program
- Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
- Office of Minority and Student Affairs
- Office of Undergraduate Research
- Office of Volunteer Programs
- Registered Student Organizations
- Research Park
- Technology Entrepreneurship Center
- Wellness Center
- Writers Workshop
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.
- Why America's business majors are in desperate need of liberal arts education, The Atlantic
- The study abroad advantage, Inside Higher Ed
- Why critics are wrong about liberal arts degrees, Forbes
- Graduates exposed to diversity believe degree more valuable, Gallup
- What is the point of college? , The New York Times Magazine
- That 'useless' liberal arts degree has become tech's hottest ticket, Forbes
- How to live wisely, The New York Times
- 'Big six' college experiences linked to life preparedness, Gallup
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.
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