Chicago State University


The Career Development and Experiential Resource Center (CDERC) at the Chicago State University prepares students to leverage their academic and leadership experiences through individualized support and access to employer partnerships. 


We prepare students to DEFINE, BUILD, and ENHANCE individual growth for lifelong career success.

Through its pillars of Individual Development, Cougar Academy, Experiential Resources, and Job Location Development, the department is committed to developing students by:

  • Providing career advising and counseling to undergraduate, graduate, and alumni.
  • Developing student soft skills and workforce competency knowledge based on the N.A.C.E. Workforce Competencies.
  • Produce opportunities to connect students with employers that are recruiting interns and entry level employees. 
  • Fostering a relationships with employers that will strengthen the employment pipeline from university to career.
  • Supporting other university academic programs by providing workshops, career training, and updates on current employment trends in the various fields.