Exploring your interests and careers
|How can I connect my interests with my course selection?|
Choosing a program 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 and skills 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. Consider reflecting on the following questions by writing for a few minutes on each question and then looking for trends that might be related to a profession or a program:
Be sure to look at classes offered and program details for each major you are interested in. See if there is a match between your interests and the content of the programs you are considering.
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.
Here is a list of transferable skills that students typically gain during university studies:
|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
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.
|What are my options for exploring career interests and opportunities?|
Exploring career options
We encourage you to consider taking on a part-time employment opportunity, considering co-op, volunteer positions, take advantage of networking through our Career Fairs, or speak with your Program Advisor/Chair for their advice and direction. If you can't find the information you're looking for, or you need further direction, consider making an appointment with a Career Service staff member to talk about your interests and next steps.
Visit the Career Zone website for exploration tool.
|Are there ways I can connect with alumni to learn more about the career paths they took after graduating from Lakehead?|
Lakehead University offers many valuable supports for students who want to engage with Alumni from similar program or departmental backgrounds! Students are encouraged to participate in engagements held throughout our Lakehead University Student Alumni Association (LUSAA) and take advantage of networking opportunities that are regularly provided for all students to attend. These unique opportunities can include the Career Zone's networking workshops, bi-annual career fairs, our Alumni Association's Lakehead Connect mentorship program and more!
For more information visit the Alumni webpage
|How can I optimize my chances of being employed as a Lakehead graduate?|
Lakehead grads get jobs!
This is something you can work on throughout your studies. By building and documenting your experience, skills and network throughout your undergraduate degree, for example by use of the Co-Curricular Record, you'll be better prepared to approach employers and demonstrate your transferrable skills and meaningful experience upon graduating.
How do I make myself stand out as a new graduate of Lakehead University?
Speak with faculty and staff about unique opportunities for learning or how they gained experience themselves. Ensure you maintain your connections and contacts. Leveraging your networks, whether they be in-person or virtual, is extremely useful in helping you seek out work opportunities.
Join volunteer opportunities and LVLUp project to gain leadership skills and work with the University in main events in order to amplify your network.
|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. Consider available opportunities within our Career Advising appointments (available through MySuccess), career exploration tools and resources , professional development workshops and webinars, speaking with faculty, etc.
|How soon can I expect to get a job in my field of study after graduating?|
Lakehead graduates have high rates of employment post graduation.
Lakehead 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. Build your portfolio/resume by developing transferrable skills, gaining relevant experience, and continue to expand your networking with those who have experience in the field.
96.7% of Lakehead alumni are employed within two years of graduating!
|When should I start planning for my career?|
As soon as possible! We intentionally embed career-related programming into new student orientation so you can begin working on this right away. We hope you continue this throughout your degree by taking advantage of the ongoing services, workshops and events that are available, in addition to leveraging co-op, study abroad, summer employment, part-time work, and other work-integrated learning opportunities to help you gain insight and clarity on opportunities.
For more information on how to plan for your career attend a Career Zone workshop or book an appointment with a career advisor by logging onto MySuccess.
|I don't have a career in mind yet, what should I do?|
Exploring Career Options
Explore your interests through your major, minor, course electives and extracurricular activities! Consider networking with employers during upcoming Career Fairs and speak with a Career Advisor about how to enhance your professional profile. Additional resources, workshops/webinars and event details related to career exploration can be found throughout the Career Zone's website for further insight.
|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 the webpage to determine if your program has a co-op option.
Enrolling 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 the webpage