Exploring your interests and careers
|What's the best way to find subjects I may be naturally good at?|
Choosing a program major
There are many factors that may lead you to choosing a major.
Choosing your area of study is an important decision, as the knowledge and expertise you gain during your time at Lakehead University will be strongly related to your area of study. When deciding what to study, consider your career goals, if you have them, as well as your interests and needs.
Exploring your skill set
Exploring your interests can also help you to choose the right major
If you are feeling unsure of your career direction, it can help to do some writing and reflection to think about your strengths and interests, as well as how the skills you have can lead you to your chosen program.
University programs provide you with transferrable skills that will support many careers
Remember that during your studies, alongside academic learning, you will gain other important skills like communication, the ability to work in groups, resilience, and critical thinking, which will make you more employable. Keep your mind open to noticing the transferable skills that you are learning alongside the curriculum.
|When do I need to have a final major declared by?|
Declaring your Major
Consider choosing a major as early as possible, to make sure you are taking the correct courses and following the program requirements you will need to graduate on time. If you are in an undecided major, such as Lakehead Arts One or Lakehead Science One, you will need to select a major by the end of your first year. However, the latest you can declare your major is before graduation.
Changing my Program
There's no limit to the number of times you can change your program.
If you have decided to change your career direction you may also need to change your program. For a program change to be approved, you need to meet the prerequisite requirements for the program you are applying to.
How to Change Programs
Initiating a program change request in MyInfo
The major you choose initially may not be the degree you end up graduating with. What you learn about yourself during your academic experiences and through career exploration may lead you to switch majors during your studies. It is a good idea to discuss your options with your Program Advisor and Student Central before submitting a program change request to help make a transition between majors as seamless as possible. To submit a program change request, simply log into myInfo, select the Student tab, and under the Academic Profile heading, select the Request a Change to My Program/Major (Undergraduate) link.
|How do I explore my career interests?|
Exploring career options
Strong Interest Inventory Assessment
Learn about your interests to guide your career exploration
The Career Zone offers a Strong Interest Inventory Assessment that provides you with detailed information about your interests and personality, and the careers that would be most suitable for you. This is a great starting point in your career exploration. Speaking with faculty members is another great way to explore career options as they often have useful industry knowledge, know labour market trends and have stories they can share about graduates and where they are working today.
Get involved in Student Life
Get involved and make the most of your university experience.
There are many ways for you to start planning your future career outside of traditional work. Get involved in student clubs that interest you or join student government through the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU). Our academic programs also have academic associations and societies that you can contribute to. These types of experiences, and many others, can help you find your passion.
|Are there ways I can connect with alumni to learn more about the career paths they took after graduating from Lakehead?|
Sign up for Lakehead Connect to meet with Alumni
Connect with Lakehead University alumni from around the world working in different industries to learn about their paths and gain career advice. Login to "Lakehead Connect" and list your field of interest to be matched with a Lakehead Alumni and have a conversation about your future. https://alumni.lakeheadu.ca/networking-and-mentorship
|Do employers hire Lakehead graduates?|
Lakehead grads get jobs!
Throughout your studies, there will be many opportunities for you to meet with employers. Lakehead connects students with employers through networking and employment events, such as annual career fairs, recruitment booths, and employer information sessions.
|Are there supports available to help with exploring my interests and careers?|
Visit the Career Zone - Your future career matters to us!
Lakehead University's Career Zone is here for you! The Career Zone offers a variety of career services on the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses to support your career exploration journey and to prepare you for professional employment.
Planning for your career
|What can I do with my degree after graduation?|
Career Opportunities By Degree
Lakehead graduates work across the world in various industries and positions. Some work in more traditional types of careers while others in more unconventional. Check out What Can I do with my Degree? https://www.lakeheadu.ca/students/academic-success/student-success-centre/career-advising-job-preparation/career-options
|Will I get a job after graduating?|
Lakehead Grads Get Jobs!
Lakehead graduates have high rates of employment post graduation.
96.7% of Lakehead graduates are employed within 2 years of graduation. This high employment rates for our graduates shows that Lakehead graduates are highly sought after by future employers. Lakehead also provides you with many supports through the Career Zone to help equip you throughout your studies on becoming job ready. For instance, take advantage of resume writing workshops, interview prep sessions, career fairs, and more.
|When should I start planning for my career?|
It is never too early to start planning for your career!
Planning your career happens all throughout your life and you are taking a big step towards your future career by beginning your studies at Lakehead. A successful career starts with your education, a network of supportive professional contacts and paid and unpaid experiences that show you have the skills to excel in the workplace.
|I don't have a career in mind yet, what should I do?|
Exploring Career Options
1. Don't panic!
|How do I start planning for my career?|
Becoming Job Ready
Be prepared for your job search
Review your online profile, build a resume and cover letter, begin networking, and practice interviewing.
It takes some preparation to be ready to find your first professional job. Consider the following important steps to become employment ready:
Find employment opportunities related to your field
Engaging in employment opportunities throughout university is the best way to make connections with employers, giving you an advantage when entering your career.
This job board is where eligible students can apply for the Work-Study Program and all students can find jobs related to their interests. The Job Bank offers a variety of jobs from summer employment to full-time opportunities after graduation. You can work part-time while studying and look for summer jobs related to your studies to build a professional work history. Consider preparing to search for work early in the fall term and look for relevant part time work if possible. Don't work too much while studying, we recommend no more than 15 hours a week of additional work for full-time students.
Lakehead University Work-Study Program (LUWSP)
The LUSWP is a chance to work on campus
The Lakehead University Work-Study Program is offered at two times during the year, once during the fall and winter semester and again during the spring and summer semester. Eligible students can apply by logging into MySuccess. The program provides an excellent opportunity for you to work with faculty and staff at Lakehead and work on campus.
Start documenting and tracking your involvement for non-credit experiences and activities at Lakehead.
The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) will highlight your significant contributions to the Lakehead community in areas of leadership, governance, volunteering, teams, and even some paid positions. The CCR will also document the learning outcomes and skills you acquired by participating in each validated activity. In other words, your CCR documents your participation, contributions, and achievements while at Lakehead and highlights essential skills development and learning outcomes.
Studying abroad is an enriching educational experience where you can gain cross cultural experience and open up a variety of possible career paths.
Studying abroad will give you the advantage of learning from a new perspective, immersed in a new culture with new ways of living. You are able to develop academic and career-related connections and open up global opportunities.
|Will taking the co-op option for my program benefit me in planning for my future career?|
Benefits of Co-op
Co-operative education is a formal part of the curriculum that integrates classroom study with relevant workplace experience.
When enrolled in a co-op program, you will have the opportunity to gain work experience relevant to your field of study. You will also have the opportunity to strengthen employability skills and build your professional network before you graduate! Visit www.lakeheadu.ca/coop to determine if your program has a co-op option.
Enroling in a Co-op Program
Here’s how you can get involved!
The first step is to check the Academic Calendar and find out the eligibility requirements and co-op work term sequence for your program. There are specific requirements that need to be met in order to be eligible for co-op and designated terms for completing your co-op experience. You will also need to be aware of the required number of work terms you need to complete to receive the co-op designation on your degree, this is determined by your faculty. Once you know all of these requirements for your program, you will need to find out when to apply for co-op. To find out the application period for your co-op work term, as well as additional information, visit: www.lakeheadu.ca/coop.