CDRC Services | Psychology | SIU

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CDRC Services

There is no "perfect job", but we offer several methods to help students clarify their interests, skills, and values.  We can help you match your interests, skills, and values to the world of work but only you can decide if a major or career is right for you.

We offer individual career counseling to help people explore career options and make career decisions. Career advising and counseling is provided by a variety of staff members composed of skilled doctoral students in counseling psychology. Our career counselors are prepared to listen to your needs, then work with you to develop a plan to reach your career goals. It is important to remember, however, that a career counselor can only act as your "coach." It is up to you make your career plan a reality.


The CDRC is a free service offered by the Department of Psychology as a way to benefit the students and the university.

Benefits of Career Counseling

What are my interests and skills?

  • We offer several methods to help students clarify their interests and identify their skills.

How do my values influence my career choice?

  • You gain more than money at a job. The workplace also fulfills particular values (e.g. time freedom, adventure, security). Finding a major and career that meets your values is just as important as meeting your financial needs.

How do I choose a major?

  • Choosing a major is a big decision. Do you tend to make decisions quickly and without much thought? Or do you prefer to wait as long as possible -- to keep your options open? Discovering how you make decisions is just as important as the final choice.

What can I do with my degree?

  • There are numerous ways to figure out what a particular major can do for you. Do you need a graduate level degree (Masters, Doctorate) for your dream job? We can help you figure that out.

How will I know if I've made the right career decision?

  • There is no "perfect job." We can help you match your interests, skills, and values to the world of work but only you can decide if a career is right for you.

What to Expect

Individual counseling is available by appointment. Individual career counseling involves meeting with a career counselor one-on-one, most likely for several 50-minute sessions. In these sessions, factors that relate to career choice will be discussed and explored, such as:

  • Interests, skills, values
  • How decisions are made
  • How other factors and people can life influence career decisions
  • How to find and evaluate information about career options

As part of career counseling, we also offer assessment instruments to help identify interests, values, and personality related to career choice. Your career counselor will work with you to determine what is the best choice of career tools.

In addition to individual counseling, we also have resources in our office that are available during our hours of operation. We have books about graduate school, occupations related to specific majors (primarily psychology and liberal arts), and general information about career decisions.

Clients may be asked for permission to record the session for the supervision and professional development of the career advisor. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 453-3568.