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Career Exploration and Counseling

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services offers career counseling and career assessments to help you make successful decisions about your future and your career path. 

Career Counseling

Career counseling provides a one-on-one opportunity to meet with a counselor for academic and career path guidance. It is a safe place to discuss concerns, values, personal goals and expectations.

A career counselor can help you:

  • Discover your personal traits and work preferences.
  • Relate traits and preferences to COD Academic and Career Pathways. 
  • Learn about career resources and options.
  • Understand the actions needed to accomplish your goals.
  • Overcome obstacles and develop a plan.

Career Assessments

Career assessment inventories are effective tools used for academic and career exploration. Based on self-reports, they can provide insight on how individuals function using an unbiased, factual representation.

All career inventory referrals and interpretations are part of the career counseling process. There are various fees associated with career assessment inventories. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to learn more about career assessments by calling (630) 942-2259.

Career Exploration Workshops

Career workshops offer direction on life and career planning. They can provide valuable information for those seeking help with career decision-making. 

Offered throughout the year, workshops cover a variety of career-related topics which may include assessments, along with guidance to integrate personal traits with career information. 

There may be a fee charged for workshops that use career assessment inventories. 

Career Exploration Class

Career Development, COLLG 1105, is a two-credit course offered during the fall, spring and summer terms. The course is designed to assist students taking first steps in the career development process.

There is emphasis on self-awareness, career path choices, career decision-making and strategies for career action in an evolving work environment. The Career Exploration Class meets the contemporary life skills graduation requirement. Standardized career assessments are included in the curriculum.

Additional College Skills classes are available to help first-year, undecided or probation students gain skills needed to succeed in college. To read the course descriptions, visit the course catalog and contact Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services to learn more find out how College Skills classes fit into your educational plan.

Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200
Phone: (630) 942-2259
Ask a counselor or program advisor a quick question
  • Main Campus Summer Hours:
    Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Friday, closed
  • Advising walk-ins:
    Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 23
    Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2201

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