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Career Exploration/Counseling

Students who are undecided on a course of study or who are thinking about pursuing a career change can meet with a Counselor to explore their future goals via an individual or group appointment. Career Counseling services include:

Individual one hour appointments

Students meet with a counselor to discuss career values, interest, goals.  Counselors will assist students in exploring next steps in developing career/academic objectives. Fee: None

Career Assessments:

Combined Interest and Personality Inventories       

Take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory to discover how your personality and interests can guide your career path. Fee: $50

To register, go to and select Career Exploration Workshops: Combined Interests and Personality Inventories.

The next scheduled exam date is: TBA

Career Counseling Workshops:

Career Exploration and the Self-Directed Search Workshop

Each participant will complete the Self-Directed Search Assessment to determine career aspirations, competencies and interests. Learn how to use these results to develop a personalized career path as well as acquire strategies for gathering occupational information and use COD resources to assist in a job search. Fee: $10

Career Exploration Workshops

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, 5-8 p.m. SRC 3104
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, 5-8 p.m. SRC 3104

Self-Directed Search Workshops

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m. BIC 3415
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m. BIC 3421
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m. BIC 3415

Career Exploration Class:


Occupational Outlook Handbook

 The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Horizons (Computerized Career Guidance system with Illinois database)

Enter ID: Illinois
Enter Password: careers
Click on Career Resources, then CIS: Career Information System

My Next Move

  • Learn more about your career options with this interactive tool.
  • Use the interest assessment to explore career options.
  • Search tasks, skills and salary information for more than 900 careers.

Illinois Career Information System (CIS)

  • This site is for anyone searching for in-depth career resources. CIS offers information on occupations, programs of study and training, as well as Illinois and national schools.
  • Log in as a guest by choosing your town name from a dropdown list and adding ZIP code. (You must be an Illinois resident to use segments of CIS.)

Career Coach

  • Explore local data on wages, jobs, and necessary education and training.
  • Career Coach helps to assess your interests and identify career choices.
  • Veterans, explore with your Military Occupation Code (MOC) identifying positions with matching skill sets.


  • Explore information on more than 1,000 occupations, including work tasks, skills, abilities and values.
  • From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job outcomes and salaries by state are accessible.


Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200, (630) 942-2259

Regular Hours for the Glen Ellyn campus:

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check with each off-campus center for their hours:

Carol Stream

New to College of DuPage?
Stop by or call Campus Central at (630) 942-3000 or Counseling, Advising and Transfer at (630) 942-2259.

Continuing or Past COD Students
For appointments at COD's main campus, call (630) 942-2259, or one of the COD Centers.

Ask a counselor a question.