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! To be well-prepared for major and scheduling conversations you will encounter at orientation, all students are encouraged to take the following steps:

  1. Consider registering for Career Kick-start, LSU’s one-day summer workshop to kick start your career planning before classes begin. Registration can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
  2. Take the Focus-2,  a free career assessment that will link you to LSU majors, based on your interests. Login instructions are below. 
  3. Explore “What Can I Do with This Major” and other career and major resources listed below. 


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 registering for classes. After this date, students can visit the Handshake website, or the Handshake Jobs & Careers app to login using their LSU paws ID and password. 


Career Kick-start Workshop

Career Kickstart is a career/major exploration workshop for incoming students. This one-day workshop will equip you with information, insights, and tools to guide the career and major-decision making the process.


2019 Session Details

Choose from:  Thursday, July 11, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or Friday, July 26, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Location: LSU Olinde Career Center Classroom, 258J Student Union 
Cost: $50, charged to the student's fee bill, lunch and course materials provided