Career Resources

Career Resources at DGS

DGS counselors recognize it is hard for teenagers to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives. In an effort to expose students to learn about more careers, we offered a virtual career speaker series. See below for recordings of some of our sessions. Each session is roughly 30 minutes and includes an overall description of their career path, current role, and answers to general questions


DGS Career Speakers Series videos

Illinois State Board of Education Career Guide


Career Preparation Opportunities

Attainable Futures Partnership between the DG Chamber of Commerce and District 99. The attainable Futures Program is designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  The program provides career exploration opportunities and enhances the skills necessary for students to enter the workforce.
Technology Center of DuPage Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) offers DuPage County area high school juniors and seniors 20 career and technical education programs (CTE) as part of their high school curriculum. Its mission is to provide an education environment that supports and encourages individual learning styles, develops occupational skills and professionalism, promotes academic growth, and assists students in discovering their potential. Click here for the permission slip for the 2021 field trip.
Apprenticeship Programs Click on the link for in-depth information on many apprenticeship programs.
Chicagoland career Pathways What if a four-year program isn't right for me right now? I need.....a chance to expllore a career field. Use this site to Find a Career Program and other Helpful Resources.
Dupage County Worforce Development Programs Youth Services at the DuPage County Workforce Development Division is the County’s lead agency for youth employment programs. They provide eligible young adults ages 17 to 24 with free career and employment services to help them start a career with a future.


Illinois educator preparation profile This tool provides information about teacher education programs in Illinois. At the state level, the Illinois Educator Preparation Profile indicates overall commendable scores for preparation programs with strengths in mastery of teaching skills and persistence in the profession. The Profile identifies the placement of candidates in high-need school districts and the recruitment and support of diverse candidates as areas for improvement.
Job Shadowing An opportunity for junior and seniors to explore a career area for part of a school day.  Interested students will "shadow" an employee to experience the day to day work environment. Job Shadowing takes place during the months of March or April. Students are notified of the dates to sign up for Job Shadowing through student announcements.
Healthcare Teen Career planning Explore resources available for students to help them decide next steps.  Gain information about volunteering, summer work and healthcare careers.
Summer Enrichment Log on to Naviance.  Click on the "College" tab - click on "Enrichment Opportunities". We maintain a current listing of summer enrichment opportunities for students sent to us by colleges, universities, and community organizations.
Nursing in Illinois Career Guide How to become a nurse in Illinois, professional nursing organizations, continuing education requirements and more.


Career Trends

Career One Stop Find out about the general job market, wages and trends, skills and abilities required for specific occupations and career information unique to your state.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Data from the Department of Labor about the economy, including projections and regional information. Helpful for high school students planning majors and careers.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security The Illinois Department of Employment Security includes information about occupations and the state's labor market. The Career Resources section (CIS) gives information about wages, educational requirements and job duties for nearly 500 occupations. Career Information directly correlates with PLAN test results.

Occupational Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook The OOH is an excellent starting place to search for employment information on specific occupations based on data suplied by the federal government.
O*Net Use this site to find specific occupational information and search for occupations that use your skills.

Career Research

Career One Stop Learn about high-growth industries and occupations and the skills that are needed. A collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education.  
Career Vision Career Vision offers personalized career consulting services as well as career literacy programs.  
Job Profiles Experienced workers share the rewards and stressful parts of their jobs, basic skills required, challenges of the future and advice on entering the field. (Use Google Translate to select your preferred language).  
Illinois HeAlth and Hospital Association Listing of healthcare jobs, descriptions, and post-secondary programs.  
Engineer Girl A guide to engineering for high school girls.  
Consumer Reviews for Best Beauty Schools

Use this guide to explore post-secondary options if you have an interest in cosmetology. Beauty schools offer hands-on training and a direct entry into a career path. These schools provide a range of educational options for a number of fun and exciting careers.

Cybersecurity Guide Cybersecurity is a fast growing and evolving field.  Cybersecurity includes many types of jobs that focus on protecting digital assets and data.  This guide serves as a resource to learn about educational opportunites and career options.