Parent & Family Programs Monthly Updates

Below are LSU Olinde Career Center excerpts from the monthly Parent & Family Programs Newsletter.

 

April, 2019

The school year is almost over and you can help your student take steps now toward their career success.

Is your student stressed about scheduling courses for fall and summer?  Students who have not yet chosen a major or are struggling in a major that is not a good fit will benefit from taking steps now to set appropriate career goals.  With a goal in view, students are better motivated to work harder to achieve success.  Studies confirm that Grade Point Average (GPA) is related to clear career goals. 

Career Coaching and Assessments

The LSU Olinde Career Center offers trained and licensed career counselors who help students one-on-one to focus their decision-making efforts to find the best fit in careers as well as academic majors.  Career Assessments can be beneficial in the process, and occupational information can help complete the picture.  These resources and many more including “What Can I Do with This Major” are available in our center.

Workshops

Students who would enjoy a group learning format are invited to attend the Major Mining Workshop, which introduces students to our resources and how to select a major that fits.  The workshops will be offered on April 3 and 4 from 3 - 4 p.m. in 129 Himes Hall.

Summer Jobs and Internships

Students can also explore summer jobs and internships that can turn this summer into a great career experience.  Jobs and internships can be found in Handshake and staff are also able to help students find opportunities to expand their skills related to career goals. The last career fair of the semester, Opportunity Knocks on April 5, brings over 60 employers to campus to recruit interns for the summer.

Graduating Students

If your student is near graduation without a job or grad school plan, job search resources and services are located on our website and staff can also assist students with job search strategy sessions, resume critiques, mock interviews and more as well as graduate or professional school assistance. Additionally, encourage your student to attend the final recruiting event of the season, Opportunity Knocks Career Fair on April 5

For more information about the LSU Olinde Career Center and our resources and services, please explore our website.

 

March, 2019

With spring course scheduling just around the corner, it’s time to assess and plan for the future.  Is you student doing well in their major?  Are they enjoying what they are learning? Does this major still seem a good fit?  Can they answer the question, “What career options are you exploring?” 

Students have many options associated with their major, but many do not take the time to set goals and take steps to achieve them.

Here is a road map to career success:

 

February, 2019


The Career Expo is just around the corner with over 200 employers attending in hopes of recruiting LSU Tigers for internships and full time professional positions! 

Learn more about the event and how students can prepare:

  • Career Expo Week includes a one-day Career Expo for students of all majors on Feb. 13, and networking receptions for engineering and business students on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 respectively.
  • Students can research companies they want to network with prior to the events in their Handshake account under the Events tab.
  • The LSU Olinde Career Center is hosting several workshops and presentations to get students prepared for Career Expo Week:

February 5: Geaux Get Hired Workshop
Put your best foot forward at Expo with this workshop focused on résumés, your elevator pitch, and how to work the Expo! 
Two sessions offered; 12-1:30 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. in the Career Center Classroom, 256J LSU Student Union. 


February 6: Expo Prep Workshop 
Get tips on how to make the most of Expo, including tips on networking and your elevator pitch.
4:30 - 6 p.m., PFT 1202


February 7: Résumé Workshop
5 - 6:30 p.m., PFT 1202

Resume writing tips are also available.


February 4-12: Expo Walk In Hours
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in 158 LSU Student Union (across from the ATMs).

 

January, 2019

Welcome to 2019! With the new year upon us, please remind your student that taking small steps toward their career this semester will lead to success at graduation and beyond. We offer students a fresh approach with the following eight Career Resolutions for spring 2019:

  • I will start fresh by reviewing the Four-Year Career Plan in January to ensure I am taking all the right actions to succeed
  • I will explore the networking events offered and prepare for and research organizations attending the Career Expo being held on February 13 and other events and attend Suit Up, if my wardrobe needs a professional upgrade.
  • I will take or review my Career Assessments offered by the LSU Olinde Career Center to crystalize my career options
  • I will network with professionals in my field of interest to confirm that the field is a good fit
  • I will start now to find a summer job or internship related to my field to gain professional experience
  • I will write a resume and schedule an appointment for a resume review
  • I will upload my resume into the Handshake system
  • I will register for LHRD 3331, Strategic Career Planning, a 3-credit elective course designed to guide students through the comprehensive system of career choice and job search skills development

Please encourage your student to take charge of their future by fulfilling their New Year’s Career Resolutions!

We at the LSU Olinde Career Center wish much happiness and success in 2019. We are open during the Winter Break and available for student appointments and services. Check out the resources and services the LSU Olinde Career Center has to offer on our website or by visiting 158 LSU Student Union. Office hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact us at 225-578-2162 or career@lsu.edu.

December, 2018

December is such an exciting month for you and your student(s)! Exams are in full swing and students will need to stay focused to do their best, while looking forward to returning home for the holidays and some much-needed time to destress. During the Winter Break, why not have a relaxed conversation about where they are heading? Help them consider their career goals and incorporate steps in their career development that may inspire even greater success in their academic performance and increase career confidence. Here are a few questions to guide a productive discussion:

  • How do they feel about their academic performance this fall? Did they enjoy their coursework and do well? Are they satisfied that they are in the right field of study?
  • Have they set a career goal and explored it? Resources on our website can help!
  • Do they have a plan to gain major-related experience this summer through an internship or other related work experience?
  • Would they benefit by being introduced to people in your personal and professional network who work in fields your student is interested in? Networking gives students a huge advantage in clarifying career goals and accessing industry information!
  • Are they taking advantage of the wide array of resources offered by the LSU Olinde Career Center to confirm their goals through career assessments and counseling, obtain internship or full time career opportunity information and polish their resume and job search skills?
  • Are they preparing for the Career Expo being held on February 13, 11 AM – 4 PM, where over 180 employers will network with students to share information about their industry and organization while recruiting students for internships and professional employment?
  • Do they have appropriate attire to attend career fairs this spring and project a professional image? The LSU Olinde Career Center will again partner with JC Penney to offer “Suit Up!” an annual one-evening event in which LSU students can purchase business attire for 70% off regular prices. This event will be held about one week before the Career Expo.

We at the LSU Olinde Career Center wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. We will be open during the Winter Break and available for student appointments and services. We will observe the official LSU campus closure dates from December 22 through January 1.

Check out the resources and services the LSU Olinde Career Center has to offer on our website lsu.edu/careercenter or by visiting 158 LSU Student Union. Office hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact us at 225-578-2162 or career@lsu.edu.

November, 2018

In celebration of National Career Month, we are offering students an invitation to:  

  • Stop by the career center during our Walk-in Hours to learn more about our center and its many resources and services or schedule a personal appointment. 
  • Take a career assessment to discover a college major or career that fits! 
  • Schedule an appointment for help with selecting a major or career, finding an internship, resume assistance, or graduate school decisions. 
  • Register for the popular 3-credit general elective spring course, LHRD 3331 - Strategic Career Planning to take a comprehensive approach to finding a great career.  
  • Create a résumé and bring it in for a 10 minute walk-in resume review, Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 3:30 PM.
  • Share what you're doing with us! If you've secured a full-time, part-time job or internship, we want to celebrate with you. Email career@lsu.edu with a picture of yourself, the name of your company, and a brief description of what you're doing, using the subject line "Career Month Submission." We'll be sure to share on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

Parents can celebrate, too!  If your organization is in need of interns or permanent professional staff, our Handshake system is the perfect place to post your job announcement, free of charge. Find the help you need while providing our LSU Tigers a good opportunity to grow and contribute their talents to your organization. 

Check out our resources and services at the LSU Olinde Career Center by visiting lsu.edu/careercenter or 158 LSU Student Union. Office hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact us at 225-578-2162 or career@lsu.edu.

 

October, 2018 

With October comes an opportunity to stop and think forward.  Mid-term exams are just around the corner and course scheduling for the spring follows soon after.  So October is the month to explore career options.  If your student is still undecided or discovering that their major is not a good fit, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with a career counselor or advisor to develop a strategy for success!

Here are some of our favorite tools for making a solid choice of major or career:

If your student is happily making progress toward their career goal, this is perfect timing to explore summer internship options.  The best opportunities often have fall application deadlines, so please encourage your student to check out internship opportunities on Handshake.  As of this writing, there are over 1,200 internship opportunities posted!

Do you have a senior in hopes of graduating soon?  Our career coaches are ready to help!  From scheduled appointments to 10-minute walk-in, our team can assist with resume reviews, job search strategies, interview skills building and much more.  No time to come in?  Lots of resources are “grab and go” on our website including the popular LSU Olinde Career Center Student Career Guide, tips and tactics organized in the Find A Job section of the Student tab on the LSU Olinde Career Center website.

We hope you will share your student’s college to career journey by encouraging them to begin with the end in mind.  Excellent careers don’t just happen.  Just like football, it’s all about the goal and how to get there!

 

September, 2018

Fall has arrived – Help Your Student Get a Game Plan! By now, your student is beginning to settle into the semester.  The campus is busy engaging students in activities and new Tigers are beginning to feel at home.  While new friends, new classes, new living spaces and a whole new schedule are taking center stage, please remind your student that this semester holds many exciting career-related activities and services.  Here are just a few:

  • Handshake Our new platform for all things career!  All students need to activate their LSU Handshake account to access exciting career events, part-time jobs, internships and resources.
  • Career Expo This 3-day event is a must for every student from freshmen to seniors.  Students can check out details and tips for success at the Career Expo site.  If you student needs to upgrade their professional wardrobe, check out Suit Up!, a partnership with JC Penney.
  • 10-Minute Walk-ins - General Questions and Resume Reviews – Mon-Fri, 1:00 – 3:30 PM
  •  Individual Career Appointments – Students can schedule an individual appointment with a career counselor or coach on choosing a major, taking career assessments, finding an internship or part-time job, perfecting their resume or interview skills, or simply polishing their job search skills.
  • The Four-Year Career Plan – A resource always accessible to students.  Those who accomplish the recommended items each year confirm that they are heading in the right direction, immerse themselves in exploring career options and transition seamlessly from college to career success.  Check it out!
  • Major Miners workshops on September 25, 26 and 27 for students who are undecided about their college major, or would like to confirm that their major is a good fit.  Learn more.
    • Major Miners Workshop:
      • 129 Himes Hall
      • Tues, Sept 25, 1:30-2:30
      • Wed, Sept 26, 2:30-3:30
      • Thurs, Sept 27, 3:00-4:00

By taking a few steps to ensure career success, your student will know they have a game plan and ensure their confidence that the goal is in sight!

Check out the resources and services on the LSU Olinde Career Center website or by visiting 158 LSU Student Union. Office hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact us at 225-578-2162 or career@lsu.edu.

 

August, 2018

Are you wondering if your student is on the right career track? Wondering if you should intervene or what kind of advice to give your student? Here are some excellent resources to help you prepare your student to begin a successful year at LSU:

Resources

  • Ask your student how they are feeling about starting or returning to school. Check in with them about their college major. Are they considering how they will use their learning in a related career?
  • Has your student set up their Handshake account to ensure that they keep up with all the career events and happenings throughout the school year?
  • Are they preparing for the Fall Career Expo Sept. 11&12? All students, regardless of whether they are an incoming freshman or graduating senior, should attend. 
  • Did they check out the Olinde Career Center website to explore the wide range of resources including the Choosing Your Major Resource Guide, Four-Year Career Plan, Career Assessments, What Can I Do with This Major?, Student Career Guide, Salary Calculator and list of career events?
  • And most importantly, has your student called or logged in to Handshake to schedule a meeting with one of our career experts on career decision making, finding a great internship, polishing their resume and job search skills or preparing for graduate or professional school?

If you can answer all of the above with an emphatic “YES,” then you have earned an A+! So, give yourself a pat on the back and keep up the good work! The encouragement you give your student will pay you back in rewards that last a lifetime.

Check out the resources and services the LSU Olinde Career Center has to offer on our website lsu.edu/careercenter or by visiting 158 LSU Student Union. Office hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact us at 225-578-2162 or career@lsu.edu.

 

July, 2018

With summer jobs and summer adventures well underway here are some things you can do to help your student take critical next steps in their career development.

Help your students explore possibilities

 

Summer jobs help students develop new skills, transferrable to the professional world. Ask how they are doing in their work, what aspects they enjoy and what facets of the work they are naturally good at. Travel also enhances life skills that translate to career skills.  Discuss how their new experiences are helping them become better planners, risk takers and communicators.  Ask how their understanding of diverse people may have changed as they interacted with others they encountered.

Encourage them to set aside time this summer for career work

It’s time to review the Four-Year Career Plan as a “Career Check-up” to see if they are making progress toward their career goals.  If your student hasn’t completed their Handshake profile, now is the time!  They can explore careers and employers, upload their resume for review and scope out a strategy for making the next year one of career-related accomplishments. With a little more time to focus attention on career, why not take our online career assessments to see if they are in the right major? Students can learn about career options related to their studies by checking out “What Can I Do with This Major.”  These free resources can help your student choose or confirm careers that fit.

Pay it forward

 If you are employed, please consider posting job openings with your organization in Handshake.  It’s free and allows you to find excellent talent for your full-time, part-time and internship positions. Think of it as “paying it forward.”  While another LSU student may fill your position, perhaps other families will post a position of interest to your student.