The mission of Lakewood’s Career Services is to best equip our students with the tools needed to excel within their professional and personal lives. By providing concrete resources and the motivation our students need to work hard, we do our part to ensure our students will encompass many valuable assets needed to improve their overall quality of life as they come closer to fulfilling their desired goals.
-Please note while employment assistance is offered, Lakewood does not guarantee job interviews or offers.
Career services is available for current undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni of Lakewood University at no additional cost.
Everyone is on a different path to achieve their goals. Wherever you are in that process, Career Services is here to guide you.
Self-Assessment: The process of looking at oneself to assess aspects that are important to one’s identity. It is one of the motives that drive self-evaluation, and self-enhancement. Identify your interest, strengths and weakness and develop ways in which you can improve.
Explore: Identify skills that you can enhance for the career of your choice. Research industries, organizations, trends, job titles & requirements.
Career Support: Be proactive and take control of your outcomes. Don’t be afraid to volunteer, look for job shadowing opportunities, participate in mock interviews and more. Allow these opportunities increase your skills and build your personal portfolio.
Career Search: Any point during career planning you can begin to create your resume(s), cover letters, professional references and more. Networking and building relationships can cultivate opportunities. Research job opportunities and familiarize yourself with skills organizations are seeking.
Action: Set goals and work towards them.
We have great news for you! Lakewood University has implemented a new procedure to help you obtain the career of your dreams upon graduation. An internship provides relevant, real world work experience in a career field of interest. Internships are a valuable way to learn about a job or career and determine if it is a good “fit” for your skills and interests. During your internship you learn things about an industry and job function that you could never learn without seeing and doing the work every day. You will also meet people who can help you connect to other opportunities Having an internship on your resume demonstrates that you have work-related knowledge and skills, increases your marketability and, if you perform well in your internship, offers you the opportunity to land a full-time job at your internship site.
Please find the simple process below:
Should have any questions about this process, feel free to contact Student Services at 1-800-517-0857, Option 2.
“I would first like to thank the whole Lakewood University Team on their amazing job! I did not know that Lakewood University goes above and beyond in the “Career Services Dept”. In my perspective, finishing up college is a huge accomplishment, but where do you go from there? This is where you all stepped in and gave me great tips and advice in this matter. I strongly feel that these career services are a wonderful addition to making the transition into the work environment that much easier. Any and EVERY student can benefit from this no matter the age. Please continue with these services you never know what kind of impact you can make on just one persons career(or even life). Please keep up the excellent work!”
“The externship was great. I learned a lot, and it was fantastic getting the hands on experience. I learn better by doing things than by reading them, so this really helped to make what I read from the text book really stick. I also think I got pretty lucky by externing at the pharmacy I was at. It’s removed from the main part of the store, but it’s still a retail store, and it’s rare to be in a retail environment with people who are friendly and in a good mood, but everyone who works in that pharmacy was really friendly and helpful and made it a lot of fun. I enjoyed myself while I was there, which was really nice.
“The Career Services Department at Lakewood University gave me valuable help in creating a cover letter and resume. When I ran into some problems in obtaining my pharmacy technician externship, Career Services went the extra mile in contacting the right people that led to my externship. I am excited by the prospect of starting my externship at Walgreens knowing that the staff in Career Services helped me get there.”
“I strongly recommend externship program with Walgreens Pharmacy to all the Lakewood University students. I feel more confident with the job now and clearly picture myself working as a technician. It is absolutely a great opportunity to get hands on training and make your online study complete.”
I just want to take a moment to thank you. As a stay at home mom of two, I have been out of the work force for a while. I really appreciate the opportunity I have here. Mostly I appreciate your help. It has been a rough, yet wonderful, ride. However, as much as I love my children, this mommy is ready to start working again.
You are a great help and have given me wonderful support. I appreciate all you have done for me this far!
Thank you so much!”
While it would make the introverts, the meek, the shy, and the novices awfully happy if the newspaper classifieds contained all job openings, that’s simply not the case. In fact, some of the best jobs aren’t listed anywhere except in the mental catalogues of CEOs and managers.
So how do you apply for jobs that aren’t advertised anywhere, that exist only in the seemingly inaccessible minds of working America’s movers and shakers? You meet people who might have insight into your job search. You talk to people who know people who could help you out. You chat it up with strangers at parties. You cold-call people you’ve read about in the newspaper. You write cordial letters to prominent community leaders. You cultivate an arsenal of contacts. In short, you network.
Think about networking as a game, as a sport, as a personal challenge. Below are some strategies for success.
Think of everyone who could possibly serve as a contact. Don’t limit yourself to people who could clearly help you out – friendly, accessible people in unrelated fields often have contacts they would be happy to share with you. Also, people who, through either work or volunteer activities, have contact with a diverse crowd can be extremely helpful. To get you started with your list, here are some suggestions:
Networking is a little like planning a political campaign. While it’s essential that you are honest and relaxed, you should not wing it. Just as politicians think about what they tactically need to accomplish, convey, and gain when they make an appearance or give a speech, you should approach networking opportunities with a game plan. Before you confidently and charmingly sashay into a business conference room, a dinner party, or group event, do your homework. Find out who will be there, or do your best to list who you think will probably be present. Then decide who you would most like to meet. When you have your list of potential contacts, thoroughly research their work and their backgrounds and then make up some questions and conversational statements that reflect your research. And finally, think critically about what your goals are for your networking function. What information do you want to walk away with? What do you want to convey to the people you meet? But, as is always true, it’s important to be flexible and to perceive opportunities you didn’t plan to confront.
Business conferences, informational interviews, college reunions, and cocktail parties are obvious networking opportunities – you expect to walk away with a few business cards and some recommendations for potential rolodex entries. But the reality is that invaluable contacts and enviable opportunities often surprise us. Good networkers are flexible people who approach connection-making as a fluid enterprise that extends far beyond hotel conference room walls. You never know who will step onto the adjacent elliptical trainer at the gym; who will be parked behind you in an interminable grocery store line; who will sit next to you on an airplane; or who will be under the hair dryer next to you at the beauty salon. Don’t let these opportunities pass you by. While it may have been sheer luck that you bumped into an affable CEO, your savvy approach to networking can turn a banal exchange into a pivotal moment in your career path. Always be ready to make a contact and exchange business cards. And remember, don’t hesitate to network someone who has no obvious connection to your ambitions: Your new contact may be able to give you relevant names of his or her friends and colleagues.
After you meet with a contact, it is absolutely essential to write a thank you note. Tell your contact how much he or she helped you, and refer to particularly helpful, specific advice. Everyone – even the most high-level executive – likes to feel appreciated. In addition to immediate follow-up after a meeting or conversation, keep in touch with your contacts. This way, they may think of you if an opportunity comes up, and they will also be forthcoming with new advice. It’s important to stay on their radar screens without being imposing or invasive. And, of course, if you get that new job, be sure to tell them and thank them again for their help.
If you want to be treated with respect, treat others with respect. If you want your phone calls and email missives returned, call and write back to the people who contact you. If you want big-wigs to make time for you, make yourself available to others whom you might be able to help out. It’s that simple.
The higher up you climb in the professional world, the more you’ll find that everyone knows everyone else. Thus, if you’re impolite, curt, condescending, or disposed to burning bridges, you’ll cultivate a reputation that will serve as a constant obstacle. Remember – the people who seem little now will one day be running companies and making decisions. If you treated them with kindness and respect when they were green, they’ll remember and return the favor later.
When you call, meet with, or write to a potential contact, make it as easy as possible for them to help you. Explain what you specifically want, and ask detail-oriented questions.
For example, “I’m looking for jobs in arts administration. Do you know anyone who works at the Arts Council? May I have their names and phone numbers? May I use your name when I introduce myself to them?” Another entrée into a productive conversation is to solicit career tips and advice from your contact. Most people love to talk about themselves. By asking for your contact to offer valuable insight from his or her personal experiences and successes, he or she will feel important and respected. Who doesn’t like to feel like an expert? Be sure to avoid making general demands, such as, “Do you know of any jobs that would be good for me?” This sort of question is overwhelming and it puts an undue burden on your contact.
Keep a record of your networking. Whether you do this in a Rolodex, in a notebook, or in a database file on your computer, it’s important to keep track of your contacts. Make sure your system has plenty of room for contacts’ names, addresses, phone numbers, companies, job titles, how you met them, and subsequent conversations you’ve had with them.
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An internship provides relevant, real world work experience in a career field of interest. Internships are a valuable way to learn about a job or career and determine if it is a good “fit” for your skills and interests. During your internship you learn things about an industry and job function that you could never learn without seeing and doing the work every day. You will also meet people who can help you connect to other opportunities Having an internship on your resume demonstrates that you have work-related knowledge and skills, increases your marketability and, if you perform well in your internship, offers you the opportunity to land a full-time job at your internship site.
Internship and Job Placement Process:
We have great news for you! Lakewood College has implemented a new procedure to help you obtain the career of your dreams upon graduation.
Please find the simple process below:
1. Lakewood College has national contracts for internships with both CVS and Walgreens and has worked with countless employers nationwide.
2. Students will contact the location for which they desire an internship. Students should ask to speak to the manager of the location and use a a script similar to this: Hello my name is Jane Doe and I graduated from Lakewood College on March 1, 2016. I am seeking an internship to get more hands on experience and would like to know if you are able to accommodate an intern at this time?
3. If the manager can take on an intern at their location they will let you know during this conversation in #2 above. Many times the manager will ask you to come to interview before accepting you as an intern.
4. Once you have secured the internship please complete the form below and Lakewood College will send you the required paperwork to begin your internship.
Should have any questions about this process, feel free to contact Student Services at 1-800-517-0857, Option 2. Complete the Internship Notification Form HERE!