Many students think of careers as a one-time decision – but in reality finding a career path is an ongoing process. Responding to changes in life, as jobs change and new jobs are developed, the "right" career will change as well.
Exploring careers and majors
Illinois majors and concentrations
Handshake @ Illinois is the online system that connects you to job opportunities, job shadow programs, internships, interviews, career fair information, and recruiting events hosted by ACES Career Services. You can see a limited number of postings on our Twitter feed. Check ACES + LAS Career Fair for more information.
The use of Handshake @ Illinois is a privilege for our students. Students are required to be honest with their information. If their status changes (GPA, major, seeking employment, etc.) they should take steps to correct the information. If any student is found in breach of the student code, they may be disciplined. This can include losing Handshake privileges.
A great online tool for interview practice.
Any student who is interviewing on the U of I campus must abide by the host office interviewing policy. For our office, if you need to cancel an interview due to an emergency, contact the recruiter immediately and follow up with an apology email. The appropriate career service office must be copied (cc’d) on the email. If you have questions, contact your career services office during business hours.
Reneging is to refuse to do something you promised to do. For example, if you accept a job or internship offer and later decide not to take the offer, you are reneging. Reneging is professionally damaging in several ways. First, the employer you initially accepted the offer from will not likely want to hire you in the future. Second, when you renege on an offer to accept another one, you are taking the opportunity away from another student. Third, you have damaged your integrity which is indispensable for a good career. Fourth, your actions reflect negatively on the university which may make an employer reconsider recruiting at our school. At the University of Illinois, the career services team takes the subject of reneging very seriously. Repercussions include, but are not limited to, losing Handshake access and potentially career services assistance.
ACES Career Services is focused on achieving the best matches between students and employers.
To that end, we support the Principles for Professional Practice as adopted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The principles are designed to provide practitioners with three basic precepts for career planning, placement, and recruitment.
Learn more about career recruiting policies
ACES Career Services offers career-directed advising by appointment. You can make an appointment by email or you can attend our drop-in hours to have your resume and cover letter reviewed. For more details about appointments, drop-ins, and mock interviews, visit our Drop-ins & Appointments page.
Resume and cover letter tips
ACES Internship Guide
Three ways LinkedIn Jobs is helpful for job seekers:
Did you know that 30% of ACES graduates continue their education beyond undergrad and onto graduate school immediately upon graduation? If you're looking to explore the different types of graduate degrees, visit the University of Illinois Career Center website. Common graduate school programs include:
Business and finance
General job boards
Green Career Central
USA Job Board
Natural resources and conservation
Conservation Job Board
ATTRA Sustainable Farming
PSM Job Board
Zoos and aquariums
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
O*Net Interest Profiler