Dear Lawrence Parents & Guardians,
As the new academic year begins, the Career Services team is actively working to engage all students as they plan for Life After Lawrence. We prefer to think of it as Life After Lawrence NOW and are working with freshmen as they develop their résumés and begin to reflect on their interests, sophomores as they hone their interests in anticipation of selecting a major and seeking internships, and juniors and seniors as they evaluate graduate or professional schools and the world of work. In an effort to provide 24/7 career assistance, we recently launched LUworks. It is an online tool which includes:
- the functionality to search for internships and full and part-time roles
- a resource library
- a calendar listing of career events
Please remind your student(s) to register and update his/her profile at http://go.lawrence.edu/luworks. In addition, efforts are underway to further enhance our employer and alumni outreach initiatives in order to expose our students to people working in different fields. We believe it is important for students to understand the value of a liberal arts education – what better way than through direct contact and interaction with industry professionals? We are currently publicizing the following three events and would like you to encourage your son or daughter to attend. The programs are:
The Internship Summit: Monday, October 3 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery at the Warch Campus Center
- Hosted by recent interns, students will have the opportunity to learn about the different experiences their classmates had this summer.
- Each intern will share their organization’s mission, projects completed and how others may be able to secure a similar internship.
- The venue will allow for peer networking and no advance registration is required.
The 2011 Graduate & Professional School Fair: Tuesday, October 4 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI
- Lawrence University co-sponsors the event with St. Norbert College and University Wisconsin-Green Bay and attracts over 30 graduate and professional schools.
- Recruiters will be on-site and available to speak individually about admission requirements and specific programs offered.
- For more information, please go to http://www.snc.edu/career/students/gradfairattend.html .
- Free round trip transportation will be provided from campus.
- Deadline to register on LUworks is Monday, October 3.
More Light! Career Conference: Saturday, October 29 in Stansbury Theatre and Briggs Hall
- The day begins with a keynote address on Leadership in Life After Lawrence. A panel of distinguished alumni, facilitated by Terry Moran ’82 of Nightline, will share career experiences and suggest ways that students can begin developing and using their leadership skills right now on campus.
- Following the keynote address, a series of more intimate panels, Secrets to Success will take place. The panels will include alumni from a variety of fields including but not exclusively business, arts, law and sports and afford the students an opportunity to hear first-hand how alumni have achieved career success with their liberal arts education (and some tips they wish they might have known when they were students!).
- Further networking and conversation will continue at a lunch for both students and alumni.
- Students may register up to the day of the event. More details will be shared on campus as the date approaches.
These events are open to all students, regardless of where they are at in their thought processes concerning their futures. Research has shown internships improve one’s potential for full-time employment, therefore, we hope your student will make it a priority to attend the Internship Summit. If your student is undecided about graduate or professional school, please encourage him/her to attend the fair on October 4 where the students will be exposed to a number of schools and opportunities in one venue. We are excited about the variety of alumni who will be on campus participating in the More Light! Career Conference and hope that your student will be able to arrange his/her schedule to attend all or part of the day. Remember, Life After Lawrence begins now!
As we continue to prepare our students for the next phase of their lives, we appreciate your partnership. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mary Meany ’83
Dean of Career Services