Internet resources for College and Career Planning.
Printed Resources That May Be Useful Occupational Outlook Handbook
The United States Department of Labor. (1998-99). The Occupational Outlook Handbook. Chicago: VGM Career Horizons. This is the Bureau of Labor Statistics official handbook. It allows you to research particular occupational fields and gives information on the nature of work, working conditions, employment, training and other qualifications, advancement, job outlook, earnings, related occupations, and sources of additional information.
Lovejoys College Guide
Straughn, C.T. & Lovejoy Straughn, B. (Eds.) (24th Ed.). (1997). LoveJoys College Guide. New York: MacMillan Company. Provides you with infromation on over 4000 school listings. Plus where to find 650 majors and special programs!
College Majors and Careers: A resource guide for effective life planning
Phifer, P. (1999). College Majors and Careers: A resource guide for effective life planning (4th ed.) Garrett park, MD: Garrett Park Press. Provides you with information on 60 majors that are linked to over 350 careers. Each major also includes related skills, leisure time activities, personal values, and professional organizations.
The College Board Guide
Gernand, R. (Ed.) ( 2nd ed.). (1999). The College Board Guide to 150 Popular College Majors. Provides you with first-hand accounts from students about how they chose their majors, information on majors, and how they connect to careers.
Many other books are available in the Career Resource Center.
Sites for Learning about Yourself
The Career Interest Game
This is a game designed to help match the readers interests and skills with similar careers. It can help you begin thinking about how your personality will fit with specific careers.
The Career Key
This is a test designed to examine the job interests you have, your likes and dislikes, abilities, values, and how you see yourself. It will then create a career key that fits you based on the information you give them and then identify career groups that are likely to fit you.
Keirsey Character and Temperament Sorter
There are two parts to this personality questionnaire; character and temperament sorter. It is designed to identify different kinds of personality temperaments. After completion of the questionnaire, it will categorize you into one of four temperament categories and the specific careers associated with that temperament.
A comprehensive and integrated online solution for exploring and targeting colleges, college majors, and careers. Whether you're heading to college or already there, it can help you learn more about yourself and explore the paths available to you.
Sites for Selecting Majors and Careers
This page is designed to help you learn about different jobs and careers. You can select a career to learn what to expect from a job and what to do in college in order to receive the job you desire.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This is the Bureau of Labor Statistics official handbook. It allows you to research particular occupational fields and gives information on the nature of work, working conditions, employment, training and other qualifications, advancement, job outlook, earnings, related occupations, and sources of additional information.
Job profiles has a profile of careers that was completed by someone who is successful in their jobs. They give a description of their job, stressors and rewards, future challenges, and advice.
Discover Careers That Fit You: The Career Interest Checklist
We provide the checklist to enable you to find a beginning point for your study of careers. It is the act of exploration (through careful study) that will lead you to know which career is right for you.
Choosing A Major
"Choosing and Using Your Major"...sound advice on selecting a major. This site tells you "what you can do with a major in...."
Sites for Searching Colleges and UniversitiesU.S. NEWS
This site provides you with information of over 1400 four-year universities. It will provide you with information on location, distance from home, cost, size, selectivity, major, student/faculty ratio, academic programs, single/coed, setting, diversity, extracurricular activities, sports, ranking, and religious affiliation.
This site provides you with information on over 1200 community colleges. It gives the reader information on location, programs, distance from home, student services, admissions, academics, and cost.
U.S. Two-year Colleges
This site has links to over 1,000 United States two-year college campuses.
This site allows you to select a college and then it will give information on the college's student body, majors and degrees, student life, athletics, special services, admissions and foreign student information, scholarships, and financial aid.
Illinois Community College Board
This site allows you to search for community colleges by college major. You can also link to all Illinois community colleges.
Illinois Board of Higher Education
Use this site to connect to nearly 180 Illinois colleges and universities