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Life + Career Design Initiative

The LAS Life + Career Design Initiative is a framework to help undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences make sense of and enrich their degree programs to prepare for life after graduation. Our work offers students opportunities to imagine, engage, and connect their learning experiences. Learn more about our philosophy.

The initiative offers a variety of experiences for students.

Life + Career Design Lab

Life + Career Design Lab

The Life + Career Design Lab offers physical services related to our design work, including peer mentoring, training and materials for faculty members and advisors, and space for students work through their design plans. Learn more about the physical lab space.

Students have a discussion in class

The Life + Career Design Initiative offers a variety of classes as a part of the framework that helps students make sense of and enrich their degree programs to prepare for life after graduation. Learn more about classes and workshops.


An aerial view of a career fair

Internships can provide students valuable real-world experiences important for career exploration and the development of career-ready skills. Learn more about how internships and career fairs can help with LAS students' career development.


A student measures a liquid in the lab.

No matter your intended destination upon graduation—employment or continued education through graduate or professional school—undergraduate research can set you up for what's next. Learn more about undergraduate research.


Students pose in a classroom

Leadership is an important quality that many employers and graduate programs desire. Learn more about leadership opportunities for LAS students.


A group of students poses during iHelp

Service learning provides opportunities for students to give back to the community and develop valuable skills. Learn about more service learning opportunities on and beyond campus.


Opportunities for our students

Earning a degree in the liberal arts and sciences provides students with a highly flexible skillset that will prepare them for success in any future they choose.

Our students are in demand: the University of Illinois' Illini Success study found 83 percent of LAS' 2015-16 bachelor's degree recipients secured a first destination—employment, continuing education, or volunteer/service positions—within six months of graduation.

Our alumni go on to lead interesting lives and make incredibly important contributions to society. Read about some of them in our LAS@Work stories.