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Welcome to the Career Exploration Community!

The Career Exploration Community helps students and alumni learn about themselves and explore career paths. Whether you are unsure of what is possible, weighing a few different options or fall somewhere in between, the Career Exploration Community is here to support and guide you. Using the lenses of interests, values, and skills we help you navigate your personal career path and work towards a successful and gratifying career.

Meet the Exploration Career Community Team

  • Career Exploration Advisor

    Ed

    Ed Childs
    echilds@depaul.edu

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  • Career Exploration Advisor

    Hilarie

    Hilarie Longnecker
    hlongnec@depaul.edu

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  • Appointments

    Schedule an appointment online in Handshake or call (773) 325-7431. Our advisors offer Loop, Lincoln Park, virtual and phone appointments.

    Drop-In Advising

    Loop: Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30pm, DPC 9500
    Lincoln Park: Fridays, 1:00-3:00pm, SAC 192

It starts with knowing yourself! You are the foundation for career exploration.

Shaping a fulfilling future is all about knowing yourself, your passions, interests and skills—then working to find a career that aligns with them. Our career advisors are here to support you at every step; just make an appointment in Handshake or stop by our drop-in hours . If you’d like to do some exploration on your own, here are some questions and resources to consider:

  • Which topics are you most naturally drawn to? Utilize these exploratory resources to help you discover your professional identity and interests.
  • What are your values? Values greatly influence the career decision making process, job satisfaction and, ultimately, life satisfaction. Define and understand your values through these self-assessments:
  • What are your strongest skills? Assessing your skills will allow you to determine which ones you want to acquire or further develop, and how your skills match with potential careers.
  • What are your interpersonal needs? Personality preferences and interpersonal needs are related to your individual, innate nature and tend to be consistent over time. Understanding these preferences and needs allows you to see correlations between the way you make decisions and your work style.
  • Explore Your Purpose at DePaul

    At DePaul, we want you to not only strive for academic and career success, but also live a life grounded in meaning and purpose. Check out resources and events to assist you in recognizing your goals, skills and talents. 

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  • Get Credit for Career Exploration

    Explore how your values, interests and preferences connect with career paths and how skills developed in courses and campus activities transfer to the workplace. These 2-credit exploratory courses include hybrid and online options.

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  • Connect and Explore with Alumni

    DePaul University’s Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) is a network of over 1,200 DePaul alumni and friends who volunteer to share their stories and perspectives on work values, cultures and more.

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Explore Majors and Careers

Explore online with FOCUS2

The FOCUS2 Career offers self-paced online assessments designed to help you gain personal insight and explore majors and careers. You can even share your results with a career advisor. Start exploring now! Login to FOCUS2 with your Campus Connect username and password at go.depaul.edu/Focus2.

Receive Customized Services!
In an effort to tailor our offerings to your needs, the Career Center may reach out via email to inform you of services, events, opportunities, and resources that match your assessment results and saved occupations and majors.

Research Occupations

Utilize O*NET Online to research occupations and discover the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in a variety of positions. You can also check out the DePaul Library's career information collection.​