To make an informed decision, you must take time to do the necessary
research. Gathering information about the occupations suggested by your
self-assessment will help you to determine which careers are a good match for
you. As you explore each occupation, ask yourself the following questions:
well does this career fit with my interests?
be able to demonstrate the skills and abilities that are important to me in
this career match up with my work values?
some links that will provide you with occupational information regarding work
tasks, skills, abilities, employment outlook, salary, educational background,
and/or special certification requirements needed to enter this career.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook describes occupations and provides the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information on the expected outlook in
occupational growth and employment. Click on the link above to open the
Handbook, scroll to the box "Ways to use the Occupational Outlook Handbook
site" and select one of the three search methods to locate descriptions of
occupations of interest to you.
Illinois Career Information System
This is the Career Resource Network maintained by the Illinois Department of
Employment Security. Students can obtain descriptions of a wide variety of
occupations. Salary and outlook information is related to Illinois
employment. This site can also help you search for schools related to your
1 Click on "Quick Start"
2. Click on "Occupations" from the menu on the left side of the screen
3. Click on the letter related to the occupation you are researching
4. Scroll to locate the occupation and click on the title of the occupation
5. Use the menu on the left of the occupation screen to locate information
on various aspects of this occupation
Enter the following on the login screen
Click on "Start Career Cruising." From the menu on the left, click on
"Explore Careers," and search for occupations by clicking on one of the four
You are encouraged to discuss with a counselor any of the information you
gathered from these Web sites. Stop by the Counseling and Career Development
Center in Building S, Student Services Center, Room S202, or call (708) 974-5722 to schedule an