Career Library

What is the Career Library?

The Career Exploration Center has an extensive library of resources including books, websites, pamphlets, handouts, reference guides, etc., to help you in your search for a major or career. While all resources are provided free of charge to Iowa State students and staff, the books may only be referenced within the center and are not available to be checked out.

The center has computers available for taking career assessments and tests, and exploring potential majors/occupations/graduate schools.

Trained Career Coaches are available at all times to introduce you to useful resources, guide you in their use, and help you decide which services (Career CoachingIndividual Career Counseling, or the Personal Career Development Course) are right for you.

When is the Career Exploration Center open?

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. CES is closed during summer and over breaks.

Do I have to pay a fee to use the Career Exploration Center Library?

No, currently enrolled students can use this resources free of charge.

However, students who wish to take the Strong Interest Inventory or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessments as part of their Individual Career Counseling will be asked to pay a small fee ($25) to cover the cost of the test.

What Career Exploration Assessments/Tests are available?

We offer a variety of career exploration assessments which can help you understand yourself better and provide suggestions for majors and career which might offer you a good fit. To figure out which assessments are right for you, consult with one of our trained Career Coaches. One or two inventories won’t tell you exactly what to major in or what career to pursue, but they will help guide you in the right direction.

Is CES open to non-students?

Yes, the Career Exploration Center is open to the general public. Non-students are able to explore our career library and use computers in order to access online career resources. However, non-students are not eligible for our career services, including career coaching, career assessment, and career counseling.