Parent & Family Programs Monthly Updates

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

May 2020

We are here and helping students! Now is a great time to be preparing for the summer and career success.

Students who are questioning their major and career direction can take helpful steps. Or your student may be ready to explore summer opportunities or prepare for full-time employment. All of our career support services are still available in an online capacity. Please direct your student to our Virtual Career Resources page.

Career Coaching and Assessments
Helping students to find their best fit in careers as well as academic majors can be done through our major and career decision resources, career assessments and virtual appointments with our Career Decision-Making team.

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. If a summer job internship is not in the cards for your student, encourage them to consider these alternatives to internships.

Graduating Students
Is your student graduating in May?

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

April 2020

Although it may feel like much of the world has "hit pause," it is important that you encourage your student to remain committed to their internship or full-time job search in this time. Our office has continued to see sustained recruiting activity and job postings from employers, as well as activity focused on virtual recruiting events.

All of our career support services are still available to your student in an online capacity, including virtual appointments via Zoom video conference or phone call to discuss job searching, graduate school planning, major and career decision-making, and more.

Below are resources to support your student wherever they are in their journey to career:

  • Job Seekers:

If your student is job or internship searching, please direct them to our Virtual Career Resources page which includes important tips for staying vigilant in their search and preparing for virtual interviews.

Employers are hiring now for opportunities beginning in summer and fall; there are 12,260 jobs posted in Handshake right now. Suggest that your student get their resumes up-to-date in preparation for May graduation and/or the summer job and internship search. 

Encourage your student to increase their Handshake engagement, including being proactive in seeking out companies and direct messaging or emailing some of the over 517,045 employers who have contacts listed in Handshake to inquire about opportunities.

  • Major and Career Decision Making: Course scheduling often brings questions about major and career decisions. Encourage your student to schedule a major and career decision-making appointment with our team, and to review these major and career decision resources

March 2020

With course scheduling for Fall just around the corner, it’s a great time to ask your student:

  • Are they doing well in their major and enjoying what they are learning?
  • Does this major still seem like a good fit?
  • Are they exploring career options for their major?
  • Have they considered a summer experience to learn more about their intended career?

Encourage your student to take a next step:

February 2020

Now is a great time to be thinking about that summer job, internship or full-time position after graduation. There are a variety of career events just around the corner to help your student explore careers, prepare for the job search and connect with potential employers!

Dress the Part, with a Discount!

Students can attend JCPenney SuitUp for discounts on professional attire on Feb. 9. Free transportation is provided to and from campus for SuitUp this year, thanks to a generous donation from BASF!

Upcoming Events:

Students can explore a variety of upcoming career events and research companies they want to network with prior to the events in their Handshake account under the Events tab. All of the events listed below are open to students of all majors to explore careers and make connections with employers:

  • Pre-Med Personal Statement Workshop, Feb 11th 5pm-7pm, Lockett 9
  • Anatomy of a Successful Applicant (Pre-Med), Feb 18th 5pm-7pm, Lockett 9
  • Diversity @ Work, creating a space to address career-related topics specific to students from diverse backgrounds, on Wed.,Mar. 4, 11 a.m.—7 p.m., LSU Student Union 

January 2020

New year, fresh start!

The new year and a new semester offer many opportunities for your student to take the next step toward a satisfying, successful and fulfilling career.

Simple steps can help your student move forward:

Encourage your student to stop by the LSU Olinde Career Center in 158 Student Union or call: 225-578-2162. Our regular office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

We wish you and your student a happy 2020! 

December 2019

December is such an exciting month for your student(s)!  They are putting their final effort into preparing for exams and staying focused to do their best while also looking forward to returning home for the holidays and some much-needed time to relax, refresh and refocus.  

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 eight 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, or are they still working to choose a major or career
  • Do they have a plan to gain career-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 career decision-making resources and career events offered by the LSU Olinde Career Center and confirming their goals through career assessments?
  • Do they know that many of the best internships will be filled by February, making Winter Break the perfect time to apply for opportunities in Handshake and attend networking events?  
  • Are they preparing for the Career Expo being held on February 5 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 JCPenney to offer “Suit Up!” an annual one-evening event for LSU students to purchase business attire for up to 60% off regular prices when combing exclusive event discounts. Suit Up is on February 9.

Individual appointments on a wide range of career topics are offered both in-person and online, so students can talk things through with a career professional.  

Winter Break Hours: The LSU Olinde Career Center 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 23 through January 1. 

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!  

November 2019

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

  • Stop by the career center during Walk-in Hours, Monday-Friday from 1-3:30 p.m.,  to learn more about our center and the many resources and services we offer. 
  • 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. Here is the description: Career development and planning through career decision-making, networking and linking personal competencies to organizations; applying skills required for a successful job search and making the transition from college to work.
  • Create a résumé using this Building Résumés guide, and bring it in for a 10 minute walk-in résumé review, Monday-Friday from 1-3:30 p.m.

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. Learn more about Handshake for employers and how employers can engage with LSU students.

October 2019

Check It Out, and Check It Off!

Did you know that your student should be following the Four Year Career Plan

Here are some guidelines for your student to Check It Out and Check It Off for career success:

  1. Assess - If your student is undecided about a college major or is struggling in a major, now is the time to take action!  Course scheduling will begin at the end of October and students will want to ensure that they are in the right major before moving forward in their studies! 
  2. Career Assessments are available free of charge or for a greatly reduced student rate of $10 each. Career counseling and coaching appointments are free! 
  3. Gain Experience - October is a good time to explore and apply for internships.  Yes, it may seem surprising, but many of the best summer internships are scooped up in October and November! Several career networking events are happening in October.  
  4. Develop a Strategy - Students planning to graduate in December or May should be well along the job search path.  Our career counselors and coaches offer job search strategy sessions, resume critiques and interview preparation appointments for those entering the job search, and a graduate school workshop series for those planning to attend graduate or professional school. The Get into Grad School Workshop Series is open to students at all levels.

September 2019

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 students are beginning to feel at home as they make their way around campus. 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 online 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 and grad students, too. 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 JCPenney Suit Up on September 8 for exclusive discounts for LSU students.
  • 10-Minute Walk-ins for 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 is 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!
  • Undecided freshmen are encouraged to register for attend a “Choosing Your Major” workshop. Your student can pick a date that works best for their schedule.
    • Thurs, Sept 19, 3:00-4:00, 258J Career Center Classroom
    • Wed, Sept 25, 1:00-2:00, 258J Career Center Classroom
    • Wed, Sept 25, 3:00-4:00, 258J Career Center Classroom
  • Major Mining workshops, designed for students who are undecided about their college major, or would like to confirm that their major is a good fit are offered on the following dates:
    • Tues, Oct 1, 1:30-3:00, 129 Himes Hall
    • Wed, Oct 2, 2:00-3:30, 129 Himes Hall
    • Thurs, Oct 3, 3:00-4:30, 129 Himes Hall

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 2019

A Crash Course in Student Career Development for Parents:

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. Click the “Resources for Families” tab at this site.

We also have some tips to help your student prepare for and begin a successful year at LSU: 

  • 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?
  • Are they preparing for the Fall Career Expo Sept. 10 & 11?  All students, regardless of whether they are an incoming freshman or graduating senior, should attend to establish or strengthen their network, learning about careers and explore jobs and internships. 
  • 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?
  • Did they check out the Olinde Career Center website to explore the wide range of resources including the Choosing Your Major Resource Guide, Career Assessments, What Can I Do with This Major?, Student Career Guide, Salary Calculator and list of career events?
  • Is your students career ready?  Students at all academic levels are smart to prepare themselves for the workforce by enhancing their Career Readiness Competencies.  See these videos to learn more!
  • … And most importantly, has your student called 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 or by visiting 158 LSU Student Union. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact us at 225-578-2162 or career@lsu.edu

July 2019

Summer Homework for Parents and Families – 3 things you can do to open doors to success for your students and other LSU Tigers…

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.

  1. 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 facets of the work they are naturally good at. 

Travel also enhances life skills that translate to career skills. Ask 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.

2. 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. If your student has not 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 and 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. 

3. Pay it forward If you are employed, and 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 and, 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.

June 2019

As we glide into summer, here are questions to ask your student…

Got a Job?

With exams behind them, your student can finally relax and focus on enjoying some fun in the sun. Summer offers career opportunities, too, so whether they have already secured a summer job or internship or are just starting to look, here are some tips to make summer productive as well as fun:

Need help getting there? 

Your student may benefit from networking with your friends and acquaintances in industries of interest.  Why not introduce them?  After all, gainful employment at graduation is a pretty sweet goal!

In addition, the LSU Olinde Career Center resources and services can help:

  • Our Student Career Guide is a source for all things career including: résumés, how to find a job, how to make networking fun, a list of informational interview questions and much more.
  • It’s cool in here!  We are open all summer. If your student is in the area, they can call to schedule a personal appointment. What better time is there than summer to develop a career strategy, find the right major or choose a career goal or polish job search skills? 
  • Out of town this summer? No problem! Contacts us for a phone appointment.
  • Call 225-578-2162 to schedule.

Check out our resources and services online at 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. 

We hope you and your students enjoy a safe, fun and productive summer!

May 2019

With the academic year in the rear-view mirror, now is a great time for your student to take stock of their year. 

For continuing students: How did they do?  Are they questioning their career choice or major? How can they use the summer to explore their future or gain valuable experience? 

For graduating students: Have they secured a job or acceptance to graduate school? How can they make the most of their last few weeks on campus for connecting to their future career? Graduating students are strongly encouraged to take the Graduating Student Survey by logging in to Handshake. This survey helps the university and our office better serve students and track career success. 

The LSU Olinde Career Center offers a wide range of resources and services for all students, many of which are online and all are available throughout the summer. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Career assessments help students discover careers that match their unique skills, interests and personality, and point toward college majors that prepare them for these fields.
    What Can I Do with This Major demonstrates a wide range of options in each academic field. 
  • Handshake is a one-stop treasure trove of job postings, employer contacts, company information, schedule of events and more. Every LSU student is provided a free account.
  • The Student Career Guide contains information about “all things career” from career discovery to résumé writing guidance, job search tips and strategies for success. It also contains information for students considering or applying to graduate or professional school.
  • Appointments are available throughout the summer and certain appointments can be conducted by phone for those who are leaving the Baton Rouge area. Students are encouraged to meet with a career counselor or career specialist to discuss where they are on the Four Year Career Plan and what next steps will lead to success. 
  • Networking with family members, neighbors and friends may be surprisingly helpful in linking your student to professionals to learn more about fields of interest. Networking leads to industry and career knowledge and confidence and may open the door to job opportunities, as well. Just ask!

Whatever stage of career development your student is currently in, we are here to help them with expert advising and counseling. Investing time this summer in career exploration and preparation will pay off in career confidence and future rewards.

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).