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Learning Objectives

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 counselors help students to develop the many skills essential for a successful job search.


Job Search Coaching Learning Objectives

Meeting with a career counselor 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

Photograph of Career Services Sign

Des Plaines campus
Career Services
Room 1740
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.)

Skokie campus
Enrollment Center
Room A100
7701 N. Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, Illinois 60077

By Appointment