First Year

We couldn't be happier to be part of the newest chapter in your journey.

We're excited that you're here!

This page is just the beginning.

It's where you get your toes wet and learn a few things. We will share some resources we want you to know about, but make sure to explore the other tabs above.

Connect with us!

It's never too early to connect with Engineering Career Services (ECS) at Illinois. In fact, the earlier, the better! We offer career exploration opportunities, like wEtrek to Chicago, to incoming freshman and rising sophomores. Once on campus, we offer a variety of ways to connect with our office.

No idea what you want to do?

We can help.

Know exactly where you want to go?

We can help you get there.

Your Career Starts Here - with Engineering Career Services.

Get Started!

While you can find a lot of resources through our Grainger Student Portal group, we'd invite you to stop by and visit us at our office. You can find us in the Digital Computer Lab on the third floor in room 3300. In the meantime, here are a few tools to get you started.


Need some one-on-one time? You can schedule an appointment with an adviser through your Handshake account. Have a quick question? We offer drop-in advising with our Career Peer team Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Handshake @ Illinois

Claim your Handshake @ Illinois account to search for jobs, attend career events, learn about employer events and schedule career advising appointments.

Power up your Résumé

VMock is step 1 to getting your resume reviewed. Receive customized suggestions for your résumé - from anywhere, at any time of day. Simply create an account and upload your résumé to receive suggestions to improve your content based on your major and level of experience. Step 2: Come into ECS to talk to a Career Peer about the new and improved version of your résumé!

Big Interview

What is an interview, anyway? It's a chance for you to share your story. This resource lets you access a full video library of resources to prepare you for your interview.

Career Spots

Quick videos where you can hear from the experts on topics like career readiness, job search, and internship bytes.


Explore possible career paths with comprehensive guides to internships, full-time positions, companies, and career advice.