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Career Development

Graduate College Career Development fosters personal growth and professional development in graduate students and postdocs during their time at Illinois and in their future careers.

For Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

At any point in your graduate career, we help you develop as a polished, successful professional and realize your goals. Whether you have decided on a career or are still exploring options, we can help you:

  • Recognize and prioritize your strengths, interests, and preferences as the foundation for career exploration
  • Identify and explore a variety of careers utilizing advanced skills and subject expertise
  • Build relationships with alumni, employers, and campus resources
  • Craft and implement targeted job search strategies
  • Communicate your value persuasively and confidently in application materials, interviews, and job offer negotiation

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For Employers

Graduate College Career Development connects you with high quality graduate level candidates. Whether you are looking to fill an internship or full-time position, we can help you:

  • Expand your presence on campus to increase student awareness
  • Build relationships with faculty, departments, and student organizations
  • Use the I-LINK recruiting system to advertise positions
  • Connect with qualified candidates in STEM, social sciences, and humanities disciplines

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For Faculty and Departments

We augment the faculty advising relationship and enhance graduate education by helping students to:

  • Connect with campus resources for research, teaching, service, and wellness
  • Expand professional networks through relationships with employers, alumni, and other disciplinary peers
  • Develop leadership skills for success in the graduate environment
  • Prepare for careers utilizing advanced skills and subject expertise

Contact Us

We are located in the Graduate College on the second floor of Coble Hall. Contact us by phone at (217)333-4610 or by email at