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Students

3-Step Career Planning Guide

This guide is to help you plan for a successful future. We encourage you to complete the listed tasks in each step to prepare for employment upon graduation! 

 

1: Learn and Explore


· Set up an LSUS Career Pilot account where you can look for jobs, internships, career events, and network with employers

· Explore your interests, skills, values, and concerns related to various career fields with the help of Career Services

· Explore What Can I Do With This Degree? on our web site

· Establish relationships with your academic advisor and faculty; search for a mentor

· Consider joining student organizations 

· Gather information on careers you are interested in pursuing

· Familiarize yourself with Career Services

· Let Career Services help you develop a college resume

· Attend career fairs and network with employers

· Attend workshops to learn about job search skills

· Investigate opportunities to gain experience: internships, volunteer experiences, part-time jobs

 

2: Discover and Experience


· Research a minor or electives that complement your career goals

· Join professional associations related to your intended career field and seek leadership positions

· Attend career fairs and network with employers

· Attend workshops to enhance your job search skills

· Explore LSUS Career Pilot and Career Services website to learn more about resumes, cover letters, and interviews

· Continue to explore and solidify your  interests, skills, and values related to work

· Update your resume with each new experience you gain including jobs and student organizations

· Have your resume reviewed by a Career Services staff member

· Upload your updated resume to LSUS Career Pilot

· Assess future of your chosen career field by talking to your professors and employers

· Conduct informational interviews with employers

· Research graduate or professional schools and take entrance exams

· Meet with a Career Services staff member to enhance job search strategies and tools

· Maintain relationships with your mentor(s), academic advisor, and faculty

· Obtain career- related experience to clarify and confirm your career choice: internships, volunteer experiences, part-time jobs


3: Confirm and Transition

· Maintain relationships with academic advisor, faculty, and mentor(s)

· Continue to enhance your job search skills through workshops and meetings with Career Services staff

· Renew membership and maintain leadership roles in student organizations

· Continue to follow the timeline for Graduate/Professional School

· Identify professionals and faculty who are willing to serve as references and write letters of     recommendation

· Participate in mock interviews conducted by Career Services

· Research company information and use your  personal network to identify full-time job opportunities

· Update your resume and have it reviewed by our staff

· Tailor your resume and cover letter to each full-time position for which you apply

· Send thank-you notes to employers with whom you interview and to your references

· Attend career fairs and other events

· Inform Career Services if you accept a position