Career Guidance

 

I'm an UNDECIDED STUDENT. What resources and tools are available to help me choose a major?

  • A GOOD STARTING PLACE for students who've not yet chosen a major and want to graduate from LSUA is the UNIVERSITY CATALOG. It provides a LIST of LSUA's current degree offerings and outlines their requirements.
  • HOW AND WHEN TO CHOOSE A MAJOR is a PowerPoint presentation that may help you as you're thinking about and deciding upon your educational goals.

  • The KEIRSEY TEMPERAMENT SORTER ®-II (KTS®-II) is a widely-used PERSONALITY INSTRUMENT that can help students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and thus lead them towards an academic major that matches their strengths, interests, and abilities. By clicking on the following link, you can take the instrument's 70-question survey and receive a report (free of charge) that diagnoses your temperament: Keirsey Temperment Sorter. A description of each the 16 personality types or temperaments used by the Keirsey Temperament Sorter can be found at this link: Personality Types.
  • The JUNG TYPOLOGY TEST™is a free test, based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ typological approach to personality.  After taking the test's 72 questions, you will be provided with careers and occupations most suitable for your personality type along with examples of educational institutions where you can get a relevant degree or training: Jung Typology Test.
  • If you have an ANDROID PHONE OR TABLET, you can download FREE APPS that can help you identify careers and jobs based on your interests, personality, aptitude, and abilities: Career Apps available from Google Play.

 

I've ALREADY CHOSEN A MAJOR. What kind of job opportunities can I pursue after I graduate?

  • The What Can I Do With This Major? website will help you connect majors to careers. If you visit the site, you'll learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate: whatcanidowiththismajor.com.
  • The Career Center at the the University of Illinois also provides useful information about connecting majors with potential careers: whatmajor
  • The OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK, produced by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, is an invaluable resource for students seeking career information. It profiles hundreds of occupations and describeswhat people in those occupations do; what their work conditions are like, what they are paid, and much more. The handbook is available at this link: Occupational Outlook Handbook.

 

I'm ABOUT TO GRADUATE. Which job opportunities are the best match for my strengths and abilities?

  • StrengthsQuest is a rich and comprehensive diagnostic tool that begins with a 30-minute online assessment, the Clifton StrengthsFinder. This assessment has helped more than 7 million people around the world discover their talents. After you take the Clifton StrengthsFinder, you'll receive a customized report that lists your top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success. If you wish to use this tool, you can obtain an access code from Student Support at LSUA (call 318-767-2604 or visit Student Center, West Wing, Room 204).  Once you have an access code, register or sign in on the StrengthsQuest website: .

 

I'm APPLYING FOR A JOB. How can I create an attractive resume?

  • There are dozens of resume building websites that offer a combination of free and paid services. Many sites have excellent resume building tools, a wide variety of templates and formatting options. Some sites even allow you to host your resume with a personalized URL for free. Below are links to some popular sites:

 

I HAVE A JOB INTERVIEW? What should I do to prepare?

  • Texas Tech University's career services website provides an excellent guide to preparing for and attending interviews: Interviewing.

 

I'm CONFUSED ABOUT WHY I'M IN COLLEGE? Who can I talk to?

  • Your academic advisor will be willing to  provide you with some direction if you're uncertain about your educational goals.  Or you can make an appointment to speak to with Student Support's academic counselor. Call (318) 767-2604 to schedule a time.