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Career Guidance in Mass Communication & Journalism

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  2. Databases
  3. Websites


Books on career guidance in Mass Communication and Journalism can be found in the Career & College Information Collection in the COD Library. This collection is located on the upper level of the library and all of the books in this collection begin with the call number CCIC.

(Use call number ranges to browse the CCIC Collection.)

CCIC P 60 .D48 2007 Extraordinary Jobs in Media
CCIC P 91 - P 94 Communication. Mass Media--Vocational Guidance
CCIC P 147- PN 171 Authorship--Vocational Guidance
CCIC PN 4776 - PN 4797 Journalism--Vocational Guidance

Please visit the COD Library Career Guide for information and links to career resources.

Editor & Publisher Jobs
Search job postings for newspaper positions, post your resume and read career advice articles.
Search job postings for media positions, post your resume and receive career advice.

Media Bistro
Browse all types of media jobs including marketing, advertising, publishing, sales, PR, digital media, television, design, and more. Enroll in training classes and read articles offering career advice.

Society of Professional Journalists Career Center
Browse or search job postings, upload your resume, and find videos, presentations and training programs to aid in your career search. You will also find links to dozens of other job listing sites for journalists.
Search job postings for broadcasting positions, post your resume, read industry news, and find salary and education information.

CCIC Videos

RIASEC at Work: Match Your Personality to Careers
JIST Works, 2010.
DVD, 39 min.
Describes the six personality types devised by psychologist John L. Holland and how they can be used to determine the best career for any person.
Collection: CCIC
Location: HF5381 .R537 2010

Dress and Groom for Career Success
JIST Career Solutions, 2016.
DVD, 27 min.
This video provides viewers with the dressing and grooming tips they need to be successful during their job search and to stay successful once they are hired. It presents strategies and suggestions for apparel, personal hygiene, and behaviors and mannerisms, all with an eye to looking and acting professional. Numerous examples of what is appropriate and inappropriate are provided to give viewers a clear sense of what it takes to make a positive first impression. The video provides general guidelines for dressing and grooming that will apply to most industries and workplaces.
Collection: CCIC
Location: HF5387 .D747 2016

Transferable Skills: What They are and How to Get Them
Career Kids, 2012.
5 DVDs, 100 min.
This 5 part series includes 5 DVDs, which will help the viewer identify transferable skills, which ones the viewer currently possesses, and how to feature oneself as a strong candidate for getting that job now and in the future. Viewers learn from workers and the people that do the hiring at IBM, UC Berkeley, US Navy SEALs, and other organizations what skills they are looking for when hiring. Then it helps viewers see if they have acquired these skills and how they could develop them further.
Collection: CCIC
Location: HF5381 .T735 2012

Getting to Know Your Skills
JIST Works, 2011.
In planning your career and looking for a job, knowing what you can do well is important; knowing your best skills can help you decide what kind of work is right for you. Part of the Series, Getting the Job You Really Want.
Collection: CCIC
Location: HF5382.7 .F332 2011 pt.3

Getting to Know Your Job Objective
JIST Works, 2011.
This video discusss the most important points to consider when forming your job objective. Part of the Series, Getting the Job You Really Want.
Collection: CCIC
Location: HF5382.7 .F332 2011 pt.4

One Week Job
FilmWorks Entertainment, 2011.
DVD, 76 min.
"After graduating from college, Sean Aiken struggled with the question: 'What should I do with my life?' ... [He] created the One-Week Job Project. His goal: to work fifty-two jobs in fifty-two weeks in search of his passion. He traveled across Canada and the United States, reinventing himself as a firefighter, a stock trader, a radio DJ, a martial arts instructor, an NHL mascot, a snowshoe guide, and more"--Container.
Collection: CCIC
Location: HF5381 .O649 2011

Betty Liu on Career Success, 2016.
Online, 30 min.

Location: Available on to COD Students and Faculty with a Library Card

Job Hunting Online, 2014.
Online, 1 hr, 56 min.

Location: Available on to COD Students and Faculty with a Library Card

Writing a Resume, 2016.
Online, 2 hr, 39 min.

Location: Available on to COD Students and Faculty with a Library Card

The New Rules of Work, 2017.
Online, 1 hr, 10 min.

Location: Available on to COD Students and Faculty with a Library Card

Careers Internet Database

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The Careers Internet Database provides access to around 470 career profiles. It also includes profiles of emerging careers, resume building tools, and career aptitude testing.

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Image courtesy of digitalart at FreeDigitalPhotos.netCollege Central Podcasts: Career and Job Search Advice
By College Central Network, Inc.

These FREE podcasts provide clear, concise, expert advice and tips for entry-level job search and career related issues. Find insight and instruction on resumes, interviews, internships, etiquette, and more.

Remember, College of DuPage has access to College Central Network if you are looking for local internships or jobs.

Career & College Information

CCIC books.jpgThe Career & College Information Collection (CCIC) provides information on educational opportunities, occupational choices and job-seeking skills. This multimedia collection can assist you in planning for your educational, career and employment goals.

The collection can help you:

  • Explore careers
  • Obtain occupational information (salaries and outlook)
  • Find schools that meet your educational plans
  • Write your resume and cover letter
  • Discover new job-search methods
  • Identify internship opportunities
  • Plan for an interview
  • Prepare for standardized tests and certification exams

The Collection is available to all visitors whenever the Library is open. Users that have COD Library cards can also check out materials.


Explore Possibilities

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  • Career Coach
    Discover majors and in-demand careers and education based on your interests!
  • My Next Move
    My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. It has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    This is a guide to career information on hundreds of occupations. Great source for highest paying and fastest growing careers.
  • Illinois Career Information System (CIS)
    This site is for anyone searching for in-depth career resources. CIS offers information on occupations, programs of study and training, as well as Illinois and national schools.
    Off campus? Login as a guest by choosing your town name from a dropdown list and adding zip code. (You must be an Illinois resident to use segments of CIS)
  • Vocational Biographies Online
    1001 "day in the life" stories of people in a variety of professions.
  • O*NET ~ Interests
    Browse careers using your Strong Interest Inventory (SII) results.
  • What Can I Do With My Personality Type?
    Browse careers using your Myers-Briggs results. Information is from the Career Center at Ball State University.

Access limited to residents of or those employed within Community College District 502. User ID and Password required. To get your personal User ID and password, call the Library's Reference Desk at (630) 942-3364.


Researching the Professions

Doing research within one's field is usually a very meaningful task since it should be something you are interested. This guide is meant to help you begin research into your individual fields so that you can start to become versed in said field and can start to become aware of the issues and/or trends in that field, constantly updating your knowledge.

For the basics of career research, please consult the College and Career Information collection and guide. This is where you can find information on job outlooks, salaries, work requirements, education requirments, "a day in the life...", and many other types of information. Please note the three section of that guide -- Jobs, Careers, and College. Use all three.

Finding information concerning trends, issues, or controversies within a discipline/field of study requires a different search strategy.

Looking for trends or issues within a discipline

For example, if one were studying to become an architect, one might do this search in Academic Search Premier database: Architecture AND trends. As of this writing, one of the articles in the results is: Sustainable energy performances of green buildings.

Now, without even reading this article, though one could for more ideas, it is possible to glean out a few ideas many architects are possibly considering within their careers – “sustainable energy”, “energy use”, and “green buildings”. The new search could then be a combination of these concepts: Architecture AND energy use. This would produce many articles on the topic of “energy use” and “energy conservation” [another concept to think about].

The key is to skim the results to find different concepts that may interest you and are likely to be researched or discussed inside the discipline/field you are pursuing. Even this topic “energy use” could be a great topic for a budding physicist as well.

The search strategy is to use what you already know about the discipline and use search terms like “trends,” “issues,” “new developments,” “problems,” or “controversy” to start to seek out new ideas. Some topics may be obvious and can just be searched from the beginning, like physics AND energy, but some may not be that obvious, especially if you are new to the field or just selected your major. Remember that these vague terms like "trends" could be used initially, but then dropped as you become more aware of what the actual trends are and search for those trends/issues specifically.

[NOTE: a short video of said search strategy is under construction]

Vocational Biographies

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