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Virtual Job Shadow
Interest Inventories
Illinois WorkNet
Resources for Students with disAbilities
Occupational Links

Virtual Job Shadow

Virtual Job Shadow is an interactive tool that empowers individuals to discover, plan, and pursue a career path, ensuring that a student's academic pursuits align with their career goals.

Students may contact an advisor in Canton, Macomb, Havana, or Rushville to schedule an appointment to begin using this resource, which is free for Spoon River College students!

Features of Virtual Job Shadow include:

  • Exclusive Video Content - Explore real-world career opportunities with over 1,000 professionally-produced job shadowing and career advice videos only available on VirtualJobShadow.com
    Go behind the scenes with real professionals in actual jobs who provide an in-depth look at workforce realities, showcasing what people do in their occupations and  the education and skills needed.
  • Job & College Search - Research college and job opportunities across the US with powerful, customizable search tools.  A National database of two and four-year colleges can be searched by key filters such as location, degree/certification, tuition, financial aid availability, and more.  Compare colleges side-by-side as well as browse majors and connect with related career profiles and videos.  Look for jobs and internships across all industries with an integrated search engine, powered by Indeed.com.
  • Career & Interest Assessments - Match your interests with compatible careers using built-in career inventories, which provide personal and meaningful career discovery. 
    Uncover interest areas, work values and favorite activities with powerful career assessment tools:
    The O*Net Interest  Profiler, O*Net Work Importance Locator , and Career Clusters Interest Survey.

Interest Inventories

Are you tired of people wanting to know what you want to be when you "grow up?" Trying to decide what kind of career you want to pursue for the rest of your life sounds daunting. However, the more you know about yourself, the better career choice you can make. Only YOU can decide which career is best for you. There are a lot of free online career assessments available that can help you with your decision. SRC has made it easy for you by compiling them all on one website.

    (These links are not owned or managed by Spoon River College. We are not responsible for their content or appearance.)
  • www.jobehaviors.com - provides dozens of job-specific assessments for jobs in a variety of high-demand industries with the goal of helping people find the right job. By identifying the behaviors critical for success and job compatibility, the assessments identify the job that is the best behavioral fit for you.
  • http://www.free.typefocus.com/ - an online assessment that is similar to the Myers-Briggs and gives results in Myers-Briggs types. TypeFocus also offers a free report as well as two levels of more detailed results.
  • www.careerkey.org - Developed by Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, the assessment on this site measures your personality, finds jobs that match your skills, interests, and personality, and then provides links to the U.S. government's Occupational Outlook Handbook to learn more about the jobs that best fit you.
  • www.keirsey.com – AdvisorTeam presents the Temperament Sorter II -- the fun, interesting, and revealing questionnaire that tells you if you're an Artisan, Guardian, Rational or Idealist. This is the same instrument used in career development programs at Fortune 500 companies and in counseling centers and career placement centers at major universities.
  • https://www.careerkey.org/ - The Career Key website will help you in choosing a career, a college major, changing a career, and career planning.​​​​

​Illinois WorkNet

Illinois workNet

Spoon River College is an Illinois WorkNet partner. If you are interested in finding out what kinds of services are offered through the state of ILLINOIS you are encouraged to log into their website: http://www.illinoisworknet.com/.

Once logged in to this site, you will need to click on Individuals Enter Here. If you are new to the site, click LOG In and then set up your Illinois WorkNet Account. You must have a valid email account to set up an account. You can use your SRC email account or can set up a free email account thru Microsoft Hotmail, Google Gmail or AOL. By setting up an Illinois Work Net Account, you can:

  • Improve your ability to find and get the right job,
  • Create and store résumés using the Résumé Builder tool,
  • Learn more about your skills and interests,
  • Explore information that is important to you with shortcuts,
  • Complete Summer Youth Employment Program activities,
  • Receive the monthly "Get Connected" eNewsletter, and ensure you always see the latest local information for your area throughout the site.

The Illinois WorkNet website has many tools that will help you achieve your Career Goals. For one-on-one training on Illinois WorkNet, contact Andrea Barbknecht, SRC Community Outreach Director, at (309)649-6368 for an appointment. There is no fee involved.​

Resources for Students with disAbilities

EXPLORE these different websites to find resources for students with disAbilities. You can also contact the disAbility Support Coordinator on the Canton Campus at (309) 649-6273 or on the Macomb Campus at (309 )833-6025 for further assistance.

    (These links are not owned or managed by Spoon River College. We are not responsible for their content or appearance.)
  • Bender Consulting - Bender Consulting Services, Inc. (BCS) is a for-profit, Pittsburgh-based Information Technology consulting firm that focuses on employing IT professionals with disabilities.
  • Federal Jobs for People with Disabilities – Disabled hiring programs in the federal, civil service and government levels.
  • Job Accommodation Network - Source of free, expert, confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • AFB Career Connect - Employment planning for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Access Careers – Provides information and resources and shares promising practices for the purpose of increasing access to careers for individuals with disabilities.
  • Entry Point - A program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering Outstanding Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and some fields of Business.
  • Emerging Leaders – Is a highly competitive program that places undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities.
  • Illinois WorkNet transition page - Resources for adults and youths with disabilities.
  • disability works - Find job placement services, job skills training or learn what Illinois community colleges and universities have to offer.
  • AbilityJobs.com - ABILITY Jobs is "the Leading Website dedicated to employment of people with disabilities."
  • disABLEDperson.com - Connects job seekers to employers who are proactive about recruiting people with disabilities. Post your resume, read classifieds, visit web sites of employers.
  • ProjectHired.org - "Mission: to assist individuals with disabilities to gain and sustain employment, in partnership with business and the community."

​Occupational Links

If you have taken some of the online career assessments, then you have taken a step in the right direction. Taking the time to research your options will enable you to make a better informed decision based on facts. Occupational research can provide information on job responsibilities, degree requirements, starting and average salaries, projections for future growth, related or similar jobs and working conditions. Here are some websites which can help you EXPLORE careers you are interested in: