Career Exploration & Development

Join us for career development programs that prepare you for success in the workplace.  Many of these workshops are led by industry experts who recruit at Illinois for their company and include topics such as résumé writing, interview techniques, and negotiation strategies. A complete list of the workshops can be found on I-Link.   Additionally, you can take advantage of opportunities to interact with company representatives on-campus or on-site through a variety of programs listed below.

Company/Program Information Sessions and Networking Events

Networking with company representatives and potential employers is a great investment of your time. You will not only learn more about industry trends and company culture, but you will make connections with individuals who are looking to grow their companies. Additionally, you’ll build your career skills, and learn about industry trends and the culture of companies.

To view the most current details of each career fair, information session or other networking event, please log on to your I-Link account.  Remember to also check out information sessions and networking events offered through other career services offices, all of which are posted on I-Link.

Career Development Opportunities with Companies

Job Shadowing, leadership camps or retreats allow extended time to learn from and network with companies that interest you. These are typically offered to Freshmen/Sophomores and could result in internship opportunities in future years.

Graduate School Information Sessions

Thinking about grad school? We host sessions for our own programs in Engineering at Illinois, as well as for the top programs in the nation. You’ll learn more about the requirements to attend, as well as program focus and how to personalize the degree to your professional goals.

Company Search By Major

University of Illinois: College of Engineering - Employers by Major

Company and Industry Information

There are many online resources to help you learn about companies, careers and the recruiting process.  Make sure to know about a company before you interview. 

  • Vault.com provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company or profession- and how to position yourself to land that job.  Search current jobs and internships, research a company, school or industry, get the inside scoop on what it’s really like, and find the career advice you need to launch your career.
  • WetFeet is another career information site that contains job search articles and employer profiles and reviews.
  • One Source offers profiles, news, analysis, and financials for over 17 million companies and has excellent search functionality.
  • LexisNexis Academic provides access to billions of searchable documents and records from news and business sources. This site delivers company/industry news, financial data, analyst reports, and information on small companies. It also has an extensive company profile and directory database.
  • Mergent is a searchable company database that pools financial data, annual reports, and industry news. Mergent has a large number of international companies and also gives you the ability to create reports in PDF, Word, or Excel formats.
  • First Research specializes in industry overviews, news, and analysis.
  • IBISWorld is a database of industry market research reports.
  • Occupational Outlook Quarterly is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and features projections of occupations, industries, the labor force, and the overall economy.
  • The University of Illinois Library has more resources to help your research.

Salary Research

Job Boards

Below is a partial list of popular job boards and engines on the web. You can view a more extensive list here.

  • Indeed.com – global search engine and job board
  • Simplyhired.com – global search engine and job board; integrates with LinkedIn to identify potential contacts
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals – supply chain
  • USA Jobs – federal government jobs
  • GuideStar – non-profit
  • MyVisaJobs.com – for international students seeking jobs in the US
  • 6FigureJobs.com – $100K+ jobs for experienced candidates
  • Going Global – job postings and employment outlooks for every major country in the world and state in the US; accessible through a direct link on your I-Link home page

Finding Great Startup Jobs

Startups account for a large number of jobs each year, but it’s really fragmented in terms of how startups recruit new talent.  Many times, positions in startups aren’t advertised through traditional channels. You’ll need to do some creative thinking and lots of networking to learn about available positions.  However, below is a partial list of popular job boards, that you can utilize in your search to alert you to some of the opportunities.    More insight into securing employment in a startup can also be found here.

  • AngelList.com – a place for startups to meet angel investors and find talent.  Thousands of startup jobs are posted to this site.
  •   Built In Chicago – an online community offering hundreds of startup and tech jobs in Chicago.
  • CoFoundersLab – helps entrepreneurs launch new businesses by helping them build strong founding teams and accessing capital.  CoFoundersLab matches co-founders, advisers and interns.
  • Dribbble – one of the largest platforms for designer to share their work and find jobs online.
  • F6S – the home for founders and startup programs globally with over a hundred thousand jobs and talent looking for jobs, thousands of Startup orgs, 490k Startups and millions in free founder benefits.
  • GitHub – provides mostly Engineering jobs all over the world.
  • GrowthHackers – a job search platform providing marketing jobs for growth hackers.
  • Illini Startups – connects Illini alums and students with a common interest in the startup movement to share ideas and serve as a mutual resource to the growing community of Illini entrepreneurs.
  • Inbound – an online hub where good Marketers come to get better and find jobs.
  • Piazza – Q&A platform used in many college classes also serves as a database for employers to look for students meeting specific qualifications.
  • StackOverflow – Q&A website that helps programmers to learn, share their knowledge and find job opportunities.
  • Startuphire – a job search engine designed to connect individuals to careers with startup companies.
  • TheMuse – a career resource that offers a behind-the-scenes look at job opportunities with hundreds of companies, original career advice from prominent experts and access to career coaches.
  • VentureLoop – a worldwide leader in job postings focused on venture-backed companies.
  • WayUp – offers part-time jobs for college students, some full-time positions occasionally.
  • YCombinator – an American startup fund offering jobs at startups that were funded by it.

 

Other Resources