This year marks the unveiling of the Career Center’s new career management tool, LUWorks. LUWorks consolidates many of the Career Center’s resources into a single location integrated with Voyager. It replaces the previous home-grown ad-hoc career management tools with a significantly streamlined interface.
LUWorks represents a massive campus resource encompassing internships, tests such as the Myers Briggs Indicator Test, summer job offers, post-college employment opportunities, information and advice regarding grad school, a calendar detailing upcoming events and workshops put on by the Career Center, a database for research on employers, a general resource library on life after college and links to informative articles like “What Can I Do With This Major?”
Seeking to improve life during and after Lawrence, the Career Center hopes LUWorks can put current students and alums in contact with employers, many of whom may not be capable of visiting a small school in rural Wisconsin.
To improve this situation, LUWorks includes a job database with thousands of job listings. At press time, 200 of those offers were specific to either Lawrence University or Wisconsin private college students. The rest are more general jobs offered through CareerRookie Jobs, CareerBuilder Jobs, or Juju.
Students and alumni can search for jobs through parameters like location, major and industry type in order to find the best offer for their lifestyle. In addition, students can upload multiple cover letters and resumes to LUWorks, allowing them to tailor their job applications to specific offerings.
“Browse around and check it out, get your profile information as up to date as possible, because that is one of the ways that you can make sure you’re getting the right opportunities coming to you,” recommends Grace Kutney, a member of the Career Center staff.
By filling out their student profile — including class year, what sort of employment and internship opportunities are desired and any majors and minors — students can automatically get on email lists regarding employment opportunities, alumni visits and any other relevant events. In the future, the Career Center hopes to be able to text students in lieu of email.
LUWorks can also be used to report internships and hirings to the Career Center. This data can then be used to improve Career Center services. The latest data gathered showed that in the year after graduating, 50 percent of the class of 2010 are employed, 30 percent are in grad school, five percent have an internship and eight percent are travelling.
The Career Center also has many events in the upcoming weeks, including an Internship Summit Oct. 3 and the Northeast Graduate and Professional School Fair Oct. 4. They are also looking forward to collaborating with the various LU Scholars programs in the future and will continue to provide podcasts featuring alumni, employers and current students giving advice on topics such as job searching, networking and past internships.