Career Planning and Placement

Career Planning and Placement provides a wide range of resources to help students set educational career goals and bring those goals to fruition. We can help you choose a major that matches your strengths and abilities; identify internship opportunities so that you can acquire valuable work experience before you graduate; search for post-graduation employment opportunities in your field; ans develop interview and resume writing skills so that you can be competitive in the job market. If you would like to speaker to a counselor about these or other career-related matters, call (318) 767-2604 for an appointment or visit us in Student Center 206 (directly above the bookstore). You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lsuacareers 

Career Planning and Placement

  • 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 page 12 of the UNIVERSITY CATALOG. It provides a complete LIST of LSUA's current degree offerings. 
    • 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.
    • ACT Profile is a college and career planning platform that offers personalized information to help students as they navigate through some of life's key decision points. To use the platform, create an ACT Profile account by clicking on this link: www.actprofile.org/login. Once you're logged in, you can get started with ACT's college and career planning inventories. These inventories assess your unique interests, abilities, and values. Based on your answers, personalized results are populated onto interactive career and major maps. And from there, you can find information related to specific schools, majors, and careers. Click here to access a handout that will guide you through the process of taking the ACT Profile inventories.
    • The JUNG TYPOLOGY TEST,  based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ typological approach to personality, is a widely-used SURVEY 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 72-question survey and receive a report (free of charge) that identifies your four-letter type: Jung Typology Test. A description of each of the 16 personality types can be found at this link: Personality Types. Each description includes a list of work tasks that the type would find satisfying; a list of the type's work-related strengths and weaknesses; and a list of occupations commonly pursued by the type.
    • 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.
        • The Career Center at the the University of Illinois also provides useful information about connecting majors with potential careers.
        • 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 describes what people in those occupations do; what their work conditions are like, what they are paid, and much more.
      1. 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 206).  Once you have an access code, register or sign in on the StrengthsQuest website:

        1. 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: Laszlo Bock, Google's senior vice president of people operations for the past eight years, recently posted an article on LinkedIn on the biggest mistakes that job searchers make on their resumes. Google sometimes gets more than 50,000 resumes in a single week, and Bock has personally reviewed more than 20,000.
          • 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 interviewsInterviewing.
              • About.Com provides another useful guide to successful interview preparationHow to Prepare for a Job Interview
              • About.Com provides another useful guide to successful interview preparationHow to Prepare for a Job Interview.
              • The Quintessential Guide to Job Interview Preparation is the comprehensive guide to succeeding in job interviews by knowing exactly what to expect -- and what's expected of you every step of the way: Quintessential Guide to Job Interview Preparation.
              • How to answer tough interview questions. The Recruitment Guy tells you how to handle his 'Top Three Worst Interview Questions': Top 3 Tough Interview Questions.
              • Ten Interview Rules by Carole Martin. In the current job market, you'd better have your act together, or you won't stand a chance against the competition. Check yourself on these 10 basic points before you go on that all-important interview.
            1. 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. You can make an appointment to speak to with Student Support's academic counselor by calling (318) 767-2604.