Career development is a lifelong process. Working with a career counselor you have the opportunity to learn how you envision your career, the world of work and how it is organized, how to investigate careers and effective career decision-making techniques.
Career Exploration Learning Objectives
Meeting with a career counselor for career exploration you have the opportunity to:
- Learn about the many facets of the process of career decision-making
- Discard the damaging misconception that a career decision will be one big revelation and adopt the positive understanding that career planning is a lifelong process
- Gain an awareness of your personal decision-making style
- Self identify your top interest categories/areas
- Acquire an awareness of how personality preferences may impact career choice
- Clarify job values in order to effectively consider the trade-offs among your career choices
- Engage in a self-assessment of the skills you most want to use in a career
- Understand your particular obstacles to career decision-making
- Become familiar with resources for obtaining occupational information
- Acquire knowledge of strategies for finding people to informational interview and learn what questions to ask
Career Services staff help students to develop the many skills essential for a successful job search.
Job Search Coaching Learning Objectives
Meeting with Career Services staff for job search coaching you have the opportunity to:
- Create a resume that reflects your qualifications and strengths
- Learn how to write cover letters focused on your unique qualifications for a specific opportunity
- Acquire the skills and mindset essential in adopting a proactive job search strategy
- Become familiar with strategies to capitalize on networking
- Understand how to search for job opportunities using Oakton’s online job board
- Develop the skills for integrating the Internet into a winning job search strategy
- Locate job search resources appropriate to career goals
- Learn how to expand a job search approach beyond traditional methods, including use of social networking
- Recognize your interviewing strengths and weaknesses
- Gain knowledge of how to articulate your skills and talents in a way that employers value
- Become familiar with resources for researching companies
- Learn the importance of writing an effective thank you note to an interviewer
- Be exposed to strategies for staying motivated while looking for a job
Des Plaines campus
1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* The College is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer (late May through mid-August.)
7701 N. Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, Illinois 60077