Career Exploration and Planning

Identify your passion and prepare for a bright future.

The more you know about yourself, the better choices you’ll make when it comes to your career. That’s why Career Development Services at ECC offers resources that help you define your interests, personality type, and values to help you choose a career and major that’s right for you.

  • Discover your personality preferences.
  • Overcome obstacles with one-on-one coaching.
  • Meet with an advisor for guidance for your academic and career decisions.

Career Exploration and Planning Resources

New Student Focus on Careers Webinars

Hosted by your ECC Career Development Specialist for new ECC students, we're offering a virtual session via Zoom to learn more about the Focus® 2 Work Assessment from NSO and other career support services offered to students.

Registration is required 24-hours in advance. Once registered, Zoom information will be emailed to you at the address provided. Don't miss out on a chance to learn more about support services at ECC.

Focus on Careers Webinars Schedule

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If you have questions about the schedule, please contact us for schedule information.

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Although many places of businesses are closed, there are still local employers hiring. If you or a family member need off-campus work, please visit

If you need to look for a job and create a professional resume, we recommend using the Build Your Résumé feature on ECC's Career Coach site.

Community members can receive complimentary help with job searches, advice, and referrals to programs designed to help you get back to work. We offer free reemployment services, youth services, continuing education classes, corporate training. Plus our Small Business Development Center provides complimentary services for local business owners. The Workforce Development department supports the entire District 509 community.

Individual Development

Job Search Help

ECC supports all community members who reside in through career transition services. ECC offers a number of programs and services to assist individuals in our community who are unemployed or underemployed. Our free reemployment services help job seekers create a great résumé, interview like a pro, and conduct an effective job search. We're also a rich source for , , and much more. Programs include workshops, networking activities, job search skills help, training assistance, classes, one-on-one coaching, and referrals to programs that fit your career goals.

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Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) Program

ICAPS enables a student to earn a certificate while also working to earn a high school equivalency or improve English language skills, reading, or math.

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Future Workforce Leader Program

The Future Workforce Leaders Program at Elgin Community College is for qualified participants ages 16 to 24 to receive training and financial assistance. You may learn about various career pathways and also receive a high school equivalency certificate, an occupational training certificate or just gain valuable work experience in your chosen field in the program.

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Corporate Training

Educating and Training your employees can lead to improved performance, morale, output and increased revenues. Our top-notch training enterprises and adult learning experts deliver training solutions, knowledge, and skills that can be implemented in the workplace immediately.

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Continuing Education

Many adults who have no college credit, as well as those who have some credit but no degree, can move ahead at ECC to increase their earnings potential in a current field or to transition into a new career by completing a degree or certificate program. Some certificates can be earned in as little as one semester. ECC’s Continuing Education Department offers a wide variety of popular, high-quality non-credit classes including ACT test preparation, kids college, food safety, forklift training, career courses, cooking, dance, and convenient online courses.

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