Information for Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

 Q. Can my student have an individual appointment with someone in Career Services?

A. Yes, we meet with students individually to discuss a variety of topics including career exploration, deciding on a major, job and internship searching, resume writing, graduate school applications, and much more. To set up an appointment they can simply log-in to their Handshake account using their SLU credentials, and then choose the "appointment" option on the left-hand side of the screen. Alternatively, they can call our office at 315-229-5906 or stop by between 8-5 M-F and we will find a time that works for their schedule.

 Q. Is Career Services just for seniors?

A. Absolutely not! We provide services for all four class years. Please review our Four Year Roadmap for information on what students should be working on and taking advantage of in each class year. (This resource is linked at the bottom of this page.)

 Q. Can you help my student find an internship?

A. Absolutely! A student can make individual internship appointment with any staff member. The student will be provided with targeted resources based on industry and geographic interests. We post hundreds of "SLU Connected" Internships in Handshake throughout the academic year, which all students have access to. They also have access to thousands of internship postings through the Liberal Arts Career Network, the Nationwide Internship Consortium, CareerShift, Vault, and Opportunities in Public Affairs, which can all be found in Handshake. Again, if your student has questions about any of these resources they can always schedule an appointment with a staff member in our office.

 Q. What alumni networking opportunities exist through Career Services?

A. Students have access to our alumni mentor network through the SLU group on LinkedIn, and can access many "SLU Connected" job and internship postings sent to us by alumni, parents and friends on Handshake. Shadow-A-Saint gives students an opportunity to shadow a SLU alum for a day during a mutally convenient time. Our platform for arranging shadow opportunities is Alumni Fire. Students can create accounts on Alumni Fire at any time using either their SLU email address or their LinkedIn profile. In addition to the above opportunities, several in-person networking events take place throughout the year, including Laurentians in Residence, collaborative events with both the Alumni Executive Council and the Board of Trustees, and off-campus career treks which we term "SLU Connect" trips. Your student can also gain insight from a variety of alumni who act as on-campus recruiters throughout the year, major-specific career presentations from alumni, and events where we work with co-curricular organizations or athletic clubs to bring Laurentians back to campus.

 Q. How many students get jobs after graduation?

A. For the last decade the percentage of graduates employed or in graduate studies within 6 months of graduation has been approximately 93-96%. For more detailed information, please refer to the Outcomes section of the Institutional Research website for detailed information!   

Q. My student doesn’t know what career field they want to go into. Can you help them figure this out?

A. We offer a number of services to help students with the career exploration process, including skill and interest inventories and personality assessments. As always, we are available to meet individually with your student to talk with them about their possible career interests. In Handshake, your student will find resources including Focus2 (an academic and career planning module) as well as Vault and Spotlight on Careers, which both offer information on industries and occupations. In addition, please visit the  Career Exploration section of our website.

 Q. What can my student do with a major in _____? (fill in the blank!)

A. As a liberal arts institution we are not assigning a specific career direction to each student based simply on the major they select. However, there are some careers and majors that are often paired together. For more information, students can schedule an appointment with a staff member, and/or visit Handshake where they can access Focus2, which has an "explore the possibilities" module. There, students are able to view a list of occupations which are generally associated with a particular major. Students may click on individual occupations, and gather valuable information including: earnings, education requirements, outlook, and the responsibilities of the job.

 Q. Are students required to use Career Services?

A. Use of the Career Services office is not required in order to graduate. However, we make every effort to reach out to students of every class year and encourage all students to use our services. If your student does not choose to schedule an appointment with us, they are still made aware of our resources, as we're often invited to speak with students in the classroom, during a co-curricular meeting, and even before an athletic practice. In addition, during the first month of the fall semester, we offer both Senior and Sophomore meetings, where students can learn vital information about our office and its activities, relevant to their class year. We repeat this process during the spring semester for First Year students. Students should be sure to read any email from Career Services, follow-us on Instagram, look at SLUwire, and be active in Handshake!

 Q. My student is home on break. What can they be doing now to work on their career plans while away from campus?

A. Our online resources are available to students even when they are not on campus. Break is a fantastic time to schedule an informational interview or a job shadow opportunity with a Laurentian. Please encourage your student to visit the Shadow-A-Saint resource in Handshake to learn more, and create an account on Alumni Fire

 Q. Is Career Services still available to my student while they are studying abroad? What about after they graduate?

A. Yes and yes. We work with students who are studying off-campus and graduates over e-mail, phone, and skype. We do our best to work around time differences and work schedules!

 Q. Is there funding available to help my student cover expenses related to their career development?

A. We offer funding in the form of Internship Fellowships designed to assist with necessary living expenses during an unpaid internship experience. Students can apply online. We also offer interview travel funding which provides up to $100 towards travel expenses for job and/or internship interviews. Students can pick up application forms in our office.

Q. Can my student get academic credit for an unpaid internship?

A. Academic credit can be earned through the 1/4 credit Career Connections Internship course, or credit can sometimes be obtained through an independent study. To do this the student must work together with a faculty member who then must approve the independent study with the registrar’s office.

We hope this information is helpful to SLU parents as you assist your son or daughter with their future plans!