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Students

Discover your career potential and connect with employers and volunteers in your community to explore the many opportunities in your area.

Diverse Young Adults
Have you ever wondered?

  • What is it like working at a particular job?
  • What do I need to do to get into a career I like?
  • What classes do I need to take?
  • I’d like to learn more about a career.
  • I need help/guidance in finding a career that I’m interested in.
  • I want a summer job with an employer that I’d like to work for.
  • How can I find some scholarships to pay for college.
  • I want to start planning my future.

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions or want to get help in your career planning, then unite! can help:

  1. Do you have access to CareerCruising.com? To access your account, click here. (If you don’t have access – please contact your school counselor or principal)
  2. If your school does not have access, please have your school counselor or principal contact us at: info@ILunite.org.
  3. Don’t know where to start after logging in? Download this Quick Start Guide-Student-Career Cruising And unite!. (Adobe Pdf Reader required )

Diverse adult education

Parents & Guardians

Parent & Guardians – Get involved in your students career development. Get involved!

unite! helps your student achieve his/her career goals by bridging the gap between classwork and the work world. unite! creates a way for students and job-seekers to actively interact with area employers and career coaches. By encouraging your child take advantage of the tools, you can help them discover their career path and attain their career goals.

How does the program work?

unite! is a web-based career preparation and readiness platform. By integrating career development tools, social media elements and workforce data into a seamless system, job creators, students, educators and parents can connect efficiently and effectively.  unite!  is a web-based program which connects a student’s career interests with real companies and real-life professionals in that career area. The system, which is powered by a licensed product called Career Cruising, that provides a customized information sharing and resource gathering environment where students/job-seekers can:

  • Learn about area companies that offer jobs and careers in their area of interest
  • Participate in career discussions with an online mentor/career coach from that company
  • Further interact with that company by participating in other Work-based Learning Activities, such as job-shadowing, internships, company tours, and summer employment

How can a parent participate?

  • Help your child use the tools/resources available (sign up for a student/parent account by contacting your school office).  To learn more about how you can participate, view the following short video. videoicon
  • Encourage your employer to participate in unite! (have your employer follow the instructions on the Employers page)
  • Sign up to be an online mentor/career coach in a particular field of study. Do you have expertise in a particular career field? Would you like to share your experience with interested students and job seekers? Contact us at info@ILunite.org for more information.

(Please note: Any activities involving student contact require a background check. Once the check is completed, you will receive an email with details on getting started! For more information on the terms, please click Terms-and-Conditions)

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Educators

Learn more about the exciting unite! opportunities available that help engage your students in building and developing their career plans.
unite! is an online tool which helps students and career-seekers achieve their future career goals by bridging the gap between school and the work world. unite! creates a platform in which area students and job-seekers can actively interact with area employers and career coaches with the goal of:

  • Helping students find relevance in what they are learning in the classroom
  • Engaging students early in thinking about their careers
  • Making a positive impact our region’s graduation rates
How does the program work?

unite! is a web-based career preparation and readiness platform. By integrating career development tools, social media elements and workforce data into a seamless system, job creators, students, educators and parents can connect efficiently and effectively. Students interested in a career can connect with real companies and real-life professionals in that career area. The system, which is powered by a licensed product called Career Cruising, provides a customized information sharing and resource gathering environment where students/job-seekers can:

  • Learn about area companies that offer jobs and careers in their area of interest
  • Participate in career discussions with an online mentor/career coach from that company
  • Further interact with that company by participating in other Work-based Learning Activities, such as job-shadowing, internships, company tours, and summer employment

How can educators participate?

  • Make sure your school is licensed with Career Cruising. If you or your school are interested in participating in unite! please contact us.
  • Volunteer by signing up to be an online mentor/career coach in education or another field of study. Do you have expertise in a particular career field? Would you like to share your experiences with interested students and job seekers? Contact us at info@ILunite.org for more information.

(Please note: Activities involving student contact require a background check before your account is activated. For more information on the terms, please click Terms-and-Conditions )

Employers

Employers & Volunteers

Help support our students in reaching their career potential! Participate in Unite! and help build our community’s future!

unite! is a web-based career preparation and readiness platform. By integrating career development tools, social media elements and workforce data into a seamless system, job creators, students, educators and parents can connect efficiently and effectively.

Make a lasting Impact! Join Now

Employers

Volunteers

1. Setup a company profile

You can setup and maintain a company profile to describe your business, highlight your unique attributes, and communicate your areas of need to future employees as well as parents and educators.

2. Become a Career Coach

By spending less than an hour per week, you can share your experience and advice with students by contributing to mediated, threaded discussions online.

3. Offer Career Exploration Activities 

You can post and coordinate work-based learning activities like job shadowing, company tours, internships, etc. that your business offers directly with students/job seekers and educators.

1 Become a Career Coach

By spending less than an hour per week, you can share your experience and advice with students by contributing to mediated, threaded discussions online.

2. Offer Career Exploration Activities 

You can post and coordinate work-based learning activities like job shadowing, company tours, internships, etc. that your business offers directly with students/job seekers and educators.

Participating in unite! is a win-win for everyone! Join Now

Companies:

  • Increase your business’ visibility and highlight your community involvement
  • Promote careers that are available in unite! and help students realize that there are many opportunities in your community
  • Nurture your future workforce by connecting with them early in their career development
  • Bridge the skills gap of students coming out of high school by communicating what the real world needs
  • Help build Illinois into a workforce-strong and economically vibrant state
  • Positively affect and directly address the region’s drop-out, graduation and unemployment rates

Volunteers:

  • Give back to your community by taking part in helping our youth reach their full career potential
  • Bridge the skills gap of students coming out of high school by communicating what the real world needs
  • Positively affect and directly address the region’s drop-out, graduation and unemployment rates

Participation is free and is easily tailored to your level of involvement and schedule. Join Now