The Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) and Western Illinois University (WIU) have partnered to develop the Career Toolbox, providing Illinois park and recreation professionals with the necessary resources to identify and plan their career advancement.
The benefits of creating career advancement plans can be profound for professionals and agencies alike. Using data from a survey of 108 Illinois professionals and additional research, we have developed nine (9) career paths/trajectories for professionals at Illinois park and recreation agencies.
The Career Toolbox is available to members on the IPRA website. You will have to login to access
. We encourage early and mid-level professionals to begin exploring the variety of career trajectories and identifying professional development opportunities to build the necessary knowledge.