A satisfying career is a goal for many people. Kish students are often initially uncertain about a career field. Adults returning to school may be confused about their options.
If you need help exploring your interests, values and skills in order to decide on a major or a career, make an appointment with a career counselor in the Counseling and Student Development Center. If you need help with the job search, visit the Employment Resources Center.
What is Career Counseling?
Career counseling covers a wide range of activities including:
- Discussion of big "life questions."
- Examination of interests, values and skills.
- Development of decision-making skills.
- Setting goals.
- Learning how to access information.
- Researching careers.
- Learning about resources.
- Learning about the job search
What is our Philosophy?
- Kishwaukee College challenges students to become increasingly aware of their personal and community responsibilities and to develop community and global awareness. We are committed to assiting in this holistic development process.
- We help students figure out how their personal strengths and goals will mesh with opportunities in a fast-changing and interconnected world.
Our online assessment program is easy to access and complete from your home computer or from a college computer lab. Results will be available at a follow-up counseling appointment. Please remember that assessment of interests is only one aspect of career decision making. Online assessments include:
Strong Interest Inventory -- The Strong Interest Inventory is an in-depth and up-to-date assessment validated by research. It has been developed to assist high school students, college students, and adults who are making career decisions. You will answer questions about work and leisure activities, and educational subjects, and your results will be shown on a variety of occupational, interest, and personal style scales. You will receive some specific career suggestions.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) -- For more than fifty years the MBTI has been used to understand individual differences and provide insight into ways to communicate and work with others. Indentifying personal type including four separate personal type preferences, and pinpointing specific careers that fit for your type are ways you can benefit from taking the MBTI.
Online Assessment Instructions
We recommend that you complete both of these inventories as you begin career exploration. In order to do this, we recommend following the step-by-step instruction in this PDF.
Getting Your Results
To access and review your results, please make an appointment with a counselor in the Counseling and Student Development Center, C2110. Stop by our office or call 815-825-2086, ext. 5070 and indicate that you have completed online assessments and would like to review your results. Your results will not be available online. They will be printed out when you arrive for your appointment.
Career Planning Classes
Students can take a two-credit Career Planning class (CSD 101) either on-line or in the classroom. This class can be used to meet the student success requirement for the AA or AS degree.
Students can get help with the job search and with resume writing and interviewing techniques from the Employment Resources Center.
Career Resources and Links
Kishwaukee College Library
The Career Corner is located on the second floor of the library at the top of the stairs. You will find many resources in the Career Corner to help you choose a career or prepare for job hunting. Locate pamphlets about specific careers in the Career Corner.
Search for books using the local catalog at and enter "vocational guidance" to find general titles or add "vocational guidance" to the name of a specific career.
College catalog are also available online.
EBSCO Host periodical database has a Vocational and Career Collection Database. A librarian can give you the User Name and password.
The reference collection includes some career books and is available on the first floor of the library.
Web Sites/Internet Resources
The following sampling of on-line resources will provide you with up-to-date career information.
- Online Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Illinois’ career information site
Click on Career Resources, click on CIS, username is Illinois, password is careers.
Visit this website to find a college that fits for you.
- Northern Illinois University’s Career Planning and Placement Center
- America’s career and job information
Click on Career Infonet.
- Federal job information and http://www.usajobs.opm.gov
- A guide to careers in industry