I don’t know where to start…How do I plan, prepare and pursue my career paths?
Career and Professional Development is here to provide you with services and resources that will help you achieve life-long success and fulfillment.
International students can drop-in with an peer-advisor during office hours or schedule a career coaching appointment with Angelina Lee, CPD’s international student specialist to discuss topics such as:
- Choosing a major
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter Reviews
- Employer/Alumni Communication Review
- Essay/Personal Statement Reviews
- Evaluating Offers/Salary Negotiation
- Internship and Job Search Advising
- LinkedIn Profile Review
- Mock Interviews/Interviews Prep
- Off-campus Employment
- Post graduate Exploration
Assessments are professionally developed evaluations that assist you in determining various characteristics, personality traits, interests, values, and talents you posses. This information can help you discern which career paths are best suited for your set of values and talents. These assessments provide thorough insights and direction for your process of career development, and are strongly recommended by our office if you want to conduct personal or professional exploration.
Career and Professional Development also offers many resources to help you practice and improve your interviewing skills, including:
CPD also offers mock interviews with our professional career coaches that you can book through Handshake. It is vitally important for international students to practice their interviewing skills, and CPD will go above and beyond to ensure that you are confident and well-equipped.
Networking is an incredibly important part of the job and internship search process. Particularly for permanent positions, networking is the most common method for finding jobs in the U.S., and it is even more important for international students who generally have a harder time securing employment. Developing a personal connection with a potential employer increases the likelihood they will be willing to hire you and sponsor you for a more permanent work status. Networking can happen in almost any setting and with contacts you identify through friends, family, LMU alumni, faculty, neighbors, a person you meet on a plane, or any number of ways.
If it is not your native language, the more comfortable you are with the nuances of the English language, the more confident you will be during the networking, job search, and interview process. While you may indeed be an advanced speaker of English by graduation, practicing in a professional networking or interview setting is important since language is often situational. Practice “small talk” regularly with a native speaker and also seek out opportunities to develop your professional English. Remember, use of slang, colloquialisms, and even humor can be tricky in your non-native language so be careful about using these linguistic methods in a networking or interview setting when the stakes are higher.
Be sure to research and access all CPD and campus resources related to networking but perhaps most important is that you attend as many events as possible through CPD. These can give you an excellent opportunity to practice your networking skills in a low-stakes environment. It is important to utilize networking resources available to you.
- CPD Networking Events (Career Expo, Info Sessions, etc.)
- Alumni Directory Login
- LMU LinkedIn Alumni Directory
- LMU International Alumni Facebook Group