School of
Integrative Biology

Thanks for reaching out!


Christina Swanson
  • Email: sillima2@illinois.edu
  • Phone: 217-300-9002
  • Office: 2002 Natural History Building

I can help you wherever you are at right now with your career. You don't need to have a resume made, a solid idea of your career, or to even know what your question is. I'd be happy to help. I have 80+ connections to professionals, recruiters, mentors, peer leaders, and others who can help you move forward. My goal is for you to leave knowing your next steps and who can help you get there.

I can connect you with professionals in your field who can help you learn what it takes to break into and excel in that field, and with resources and other campus connections that can help advance your career goals.

I'm here to support you, so let me know how I can help!

Appointments are available Monday through Friday. Schedule your appointment at: https://go.illinois.edu/BookCareerConnections

Meet Christina Swanson


Christina family at zoo

Education:

  • M.A. in Education, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Entomology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Michigan

Best part of my job:

I love when someone walks (or clicks) out of my office with a tangible next step and a contact person who can provide more clarity about their future. It makes my day to help people find direction and to have that moment of relief knowing exactly how to move forward with their careers and goals. I also really like analyzing surveys...I enjoy the hunt for patterns and especially love when I can use that information to help make a positive change.

Interests:

My twin toddler girls are the best and most time-consuming part of my life right now! I absolutely love hiking in natural areas: Allerton, Meadowbrook, the Arb, and Lake of the Woods are my favorite places around C-U. I also love board games, insects, and learning something new.

 

Weekly Career Drop-In Hours

Christina Swanson office door
  • Virtual: Wednesdays from 2-3PM Central Time
  • In-Person: Wednesdays from 3-4PM Central Time

We may not always be on campus, but we are still here to answer any questions you have! In addition to individual appointments by email (sillima2@illinois.edu) I will be available twice weekly for drop-in hours. If you ever reach a point where you don't know where to go next, don't know who to ask, or don't even know what questions to ask I can help get you moving in the right direction. I can lend a sympathetic ear, we can strategize and brainstorm, or we can even go over application materials. Whatever would benefit you most.

I'm looking forward to working with you this year, even if it's in a virtual setting!

You can drop in to my Zoom room with the password "career" during the times above and I'll get to you as quickly as I can.




Everyone is welcome, and heartily encouraged to participate in this safe space.

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