Career & Major Resources for Incoming Students


Career decision making is an important first step for all incoming students. After exploring career options, you will feel more confident choosing a major, attending orientation, and scheduling courses each semester. The LSU Olinde Career Center offers a variety of resources for discovering interests, exploring major and career options, and identifying next steps for achieving career goals. We have outlined a few resources below for recently accepted LSU students.  


Before Attending Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance! We look forward to welcoming you on campus. To be well-prepared for major and scheduling conversations you will encounter at orientation, all students are encouraged to take the following steps: 


Take the free, online FOCUS-2 assessment*

This online, interactive career and education planning system combines self-assessment, career exploration, and decision making into one comprehensive program. It will help you map out a career path and select the right LSU major to support your career goals. FOCUS-2:

  • Identifies the major areas of study that match student assessment results.
  • Integrates the results of student interests, personality, values and skills assessments.
  • Helps students narrow results to plan their education and career
  • Stores each student's results in an online Student Portfolio.

To take this free assessment: Click “REGISTER” on the FOCUS-2 page and create your FOCUS-2 account. You must enter the access code "tigers" and type your LSU email address as your Username, including "" (

*The FOCUS-2 assessment will be discussed at Undeclared orientation sessions.


The following resources are a great first step for career and major exploration:

  • Four-Year Career Plan - Use this helpful guide to get your career on track from the start with tips and tasks for each year in college.
  • What Can I Do With This Major? Whether exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers. 
  • O*NET Online - This website contains detailed descriptions of the world of work helpful in exploring careers.

Review additional career decision making and choosing a major resources



Handshake personalizes career recommendations based on your interests and network, helping you discover new opportunities, companies, on-campus events— and build a meaningful career. Incoming students for Fall 2018 will have accounts created for them after August 12. After this date, students can visit the Handshake website, or the Handshake Jobs & Careers app to login using their LSU paws ID and password.