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Career Services empowers you to find your fit in the world of work. Our expert guides are available from the moment you arrive on campus, throughout your studies, and alumni receive lifetime access to UIC Career Services. We offer one-on-one advising, career preparation programs, and events to help connect you with opportunities.

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Name: Celeste Aguirre

Month and Year of Graduation: May 2018 (Bachelors), May 2022 (Masters)

Degree(s)/Major(s): Bachelors in Biological Sciences, Joint Masters in Social Work and Public Health

Brief bi0: Hello! My name is Celeste Aguirre, and I’m an Academic Advisor and Program Specialist for the Asian American Student Academic Program (AASAP). I have been at UIC for a while, starting out as a student and later working with the Asian American Mentor Program at the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC). I have been in a variety of spaces, including student services at TRIO and providing mental health and resource support for Heart Failure patients at Rush Hospital. These days I have the honor of advising students and developing academic support initiatives for the Asian American community!

Suggestions/Advice to current UIC students: Pace yourself- regardless of where you are in your career journey, I have learned that it is important to acknowledge all the work you have been doing, while also thinking through what next steps you can take. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, feedback, and support from spaces like Career Services or AASAP. We’re all here to support you!


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Name: Mark R. Martell

Month and Year of Graduation: May, 2016

Degree(s)/Major(s): PhD in Policy Studies in Urban Education

Brief bi0: Mark R. Martell obtained a PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has worked since 2000 in various student affairs departments. Since 2015, Mark has been the executive director of the UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, where he and his staff offer academic and cultural programs, using an Asian American lens. Mark is also co-principal investigator of the UIC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Initiative, which, since 2010, has offered $7.1 million worth of programs, scholarships, and curriculum to contribute to the retention, engagement, and graduation of AAPI students. At UIC, he has faculty appointments at Global Asian Studies, the Honors College, and the College of Education.

In addition to presenting at higher ed conferences such as ACPA, NASPA, APAHE, and NCORE, Mark has spoken at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo in panels focusing on LGBTQ representation in comics and on Asian American geek culture. Similarly, he has presented at San Diego Comic Con on using comics in the classroom for academic success.

Mark has a chapter “Narrative Approaches to Exposing the Racialized Experiences of Asian American Male Students” in the book Teaching to Close the Achievement Gap for Students of Color (Routledge, 2020) and a chapter “From Invisible to Invincible: Asian American Superheroes In Comics” in the Journal of Comics and Culture (Pace University Press, 2022). His research interests include race, gender, sexuality, pop culture, comics, and Asian American issues. A comic book collector since the mid-1980s, Dr. Martell combines his academic knowledge and his love for comics to combat ignorance, inequity, and injustice— for a better tomorrow!

Suggestions/Advice to current UIC students: Get involved, create change, and learn outside of your major. Time will fly, and before you know it, you will be walking across that stage with diploma in hand!



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Name: Abby Mohann

Month and Year of Graduation: Dec, 2019

Degree(s)/Major(s): Information and Decision Sciences,

Brief bi0: The UIC Asian American community gave me so many opportunities to grow my knowledge, expand my leadership and recognize who I am and how I want to take control of my life. At UIC, I was involved in Asian American Students in Alliance, Asian American Mentor Program, Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, alpha Kappa Delta Phi and Asian American Awareness Month. Upon graduation, I started working at an Insurance company and quickly joined the Asian American Roundtable and Asian American Mentor program within the company. The community within the corporate world felt so welcoming and comforting and I was able to surround myself with newfound community and people who supported me. I then proceeded to graduate with my MBA and slowly started climbing the ladder. I am still heavily involved in the Asian American roundtable in my office and continue to educate myself on Asian American topics.

Suggestions/Advice to current UIC students: Get involved, try everything! You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll learn!




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Meet with a Career Advisor either by appointment or during our walk-in hours! Heading link

Need an answer to a question or resume/cover letter review?  Wondering about the best way to approach a difficult interview question? Need some advice about a job offer? 

Make an appointment with one of our advisors on Handshake.

Walk-In Hours will resume on January 16, 2024. To meet with an advisor in the meantime, please make an appointment on Handshake. 


Spring 2024 Walk-In Information

  • Tuesdays, in person in the Career Services Office, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesdays, in person in the Career Services Office, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursdays, virtual via Zoom, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Zoom link for virtual walk-in assistance:

Meeting ID: 874 3793 8534

Passcode: UIC2023!


Notice:  There will be no walk-in hours on the dates of career fairs — please refer to the events page to see the specific dates. 





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Apr 15 2024

Careers in Human Resources Panel

Monday, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
Apr 17 2024

Don't be Scared of LinkedIn (Job/Internship Search Essentials

Wednesday, 3:30 pm–4:45 pm
Apr 17 2024

Professional Growth: Top Grad Career Questions Answered Q &A with Cindy Graham and Theresa Christenson- Caballero

Wednesday, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm