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SMCB provides links to realiable and trusted resouces for its students concerning career choices. These resources are monitored routinely and new items are added on an ongoing basis. So, please be sure to check back from time to time.

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has recently updated their Career Readiness Competencies.
The Career Center. The Career Center serves all students of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign regarding professional and career development. Through collaborative and innovative programs, services, and resources, the staff seeks to educate and empower students to actively plan their futures as contributing members of a global community.
Handshake @ Illinois from the Career Center. Students can search for internships, employment opportunities, as well as sign-up for interviews, and view a full calendar of career programs and events.
Workshop - Career Options With An MCB Degree,from Oct 29th 2013. What you can do with a degree in MCB? What are your future professional goals? What options do you have in the “real world”? MCB Advisor Brad Mehrtens will present on various career options one has with a degree in MCB.
Handshake @ Illinois from the Career Center. Students can search for internships, employment opportunities, as well as sign-up for interviews, and view a full calendar of career programs and events.
Searching for a job or internship. Provided by the Career Center.
MCB Intership Overview: A guide to finding biology-related internships in industry, government and academia.
Pre-health advising: For help furthering your pre-health career, the university has pre-health counselors located in the Career Center. Make sure to subecribe to the Health Careers Chronicle weekly email and participate in a mock interview. In addition to the counselors the center has many excellent resources on its website.
"Making the Most of Career Fairs" - an article from Science Magazine adapted by Heather Minks, Director of Biotechnology Career Services.
How to Attend and Get the Most Out of a Virtual Job Fair - a good article on utilizing this valuable resource.
11 Reasons Graduates Lose Out on Jobs - an interesting article from the Undercover Recruiter.
Accredited Online Colleges - provides tons of information for current and prospective graduate students. A master’s degree is becoming more popular because of the excess in bachelor’s degree holders competing for a fixed number of jobs. They have built a directory that contains over 90,000 program listings and allows you to determine which program features are most important to you so you can identify the program that best matches your personal interests and career goals. They have also created a database of over 5,000 scholarships for graduate and post-graduate study areas which interested student can pursue to help finance their education.
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a free online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help students, job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals to understand today's world of work in the United States. It was developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission (now part of the NC Commerce Department) during the 1990s.[1] John L. Holland's vocational model, often referred to as the Holland Codes, is used in the "Interests" section of the O*NET.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has lots of valuable data that can be used when investigating careers. The various professional societies pertinent to biologists can be found on the site via a simple search. The following is an incomplete list of the societies.
JobScan - "GET PAST RESUME ROBOTS. Ninety percent of large companies use Applicant Tracking Systems to search for qualified candidates from large applicant pools. These systems help employers by analyzing resumes and CVs, surfacing candidates that best match the position and filtering out those who don't. We have researched the top systems used by thousands of companies, and built our algorithm based on the common patterns among them."

Accredited MBA Guide and Resources
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