The mission of our office is to advise and aid students in their career and professional development and to assist in leveraging academic education, experiential learning and extracurricular involvement to best prepare students for life beyond college, and our staff truly believes in this mission.

MCS career advising is available to all current College of Media students, and while students are not required to have a Handshake @ Illinois account with MCS, they must have a Handshake @ Illinois account to access our advising services. Given these benefits, Handshake @ Illinois use is strongly encouraged.

Preparation for your professional life should start today. To "Schedule an Appointment" to meet with a career adviser during the school year, visit the Actions section of your profile page on Handshake @ Illinois. Or, to meet with without an appointment, stop in during our drop-in hours!

If you wish to meet with an adviser during the summer, please email media-careerservices@illinois.edu with your request.


Types of Advising

One-on-One Advising

  • by appointment only for a 30-minute slot
  • to schedule an appointment during the school year, sign-up using Handshake @ Illinois
  • limited number of slots available each week

Drop-in Appointments 

  • no appointment necessary, brief sessions of 15 minutes or less on a first-come, first-served basis to cover topics such as resume/cover letter/LinkedIn profile reviews, resource referrals and quick career tips
  • only during the fall and spring semesters; for Fall 2017, the schedule is as follows:
    - Monday through Friday from 2 - 4 pm

Mock Interviews 

  • by appointment only for a 30-minute slot
  • to schedule an appointment during the school year, sign-up using Handshake @ Illinois
  • limited number of slots available each week; for Fall 2017, the availability is as follows:
    - Monday through Friday at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 4 pm and 4:30 pm

At these session we will work with you to:

Develop your BRAND

  • What is your personal brand? What do you want it to be?
  • Does your digital identity represent your personal brand well?
  • What are your skills and interests? How do they fit with your career interests?
  • Where do you want to be? What are your gaps?
  • What is your job search strategy?
  • How do you decide if graduate school is your next stop?

Launch your PRESENTATION

  • How do you produce well-written and effective resumes and cover letters? How is yours?
  • How does your LinkedIn profile look?
  • What is an ePortfolio? Should you use one? How do you create and use one?
  • How do you research companies? What type of information should you be researching?
  • How do you prepare for interviews? What types of interviews exist?
  • What should you do to follow up after an interview?
  • How do you assess job and internship offers? How do you negotiate an offer?
  • What is an elevator pitch? How do you prepare one?
  • How do you make a good first impression?
  • What is good business etiquette and dress?

Build your NETWORK.

  • What is networking? Why do you need to do it?
  • Who can you network with?
  • What is the difference between in-person and online networking?
  • How do you use social media to network?
  • How can you find the next great opportunity?

Or, address any other burning questions that you might have in relation to career and professional development!

While it is not required to have a LinkedIn account prior to utilizing MCS for career advising, we can better assist those that do. We often make recommendations about utilizing your LinkedIn profile to join groups, participate in discussions and connect with those in your field of interest. If you don’t already have an account, we can provide tips on how to set up a professional profile and connect with people to build your network.  If you have an account set up when you come in, we can review your profile and walk through using it to your benefit during an appointment. To get started, check out our LinkedIn handout and additional resources on the Career Development and Job Search Engines webpages.  Then, join College of Media at Illinois on LinkedIn.

But, what if you are just looking for a quick answer to something? Check out our weekly Q&A with MCS to see our responses to frequently asked questions for students just like you. Then, visit the Blogs and Chats section to read advice from current students featured in the Intern Spotlights and alumni in the Alumni Spotlights.


Accommodations to access Media Career Services
We want to make Media Career Services as accessible as possible to all College of Media students, so if you need accommodations of any kind, please contact us directly at media-careerservices@illinois.edu or via phone at 217.244.4329. We will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations.