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Identify your interests

The Career Guidance Services Office offers these online resources to help you launch your professional career.

Take the Strong Interest Inventory (SII)

The SII is one of the world’s most widely used career planning tools. It helps current students, fresh graduates, and alumni to make career-related choices such as choosing the right major and exploring potential careers by identifying their interest in a broad range of occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects. 

Check the Missouri Occupational Card Sort (MOCS)

The MOCS is an accredited career assessment tool, developed as a means of assisting students who are unclear about their present or future vocational choice. The process includes sorting titles into piles of Like, Dislike and Neutral/Undecided. Please note that the MOCS is only available on the Byblos campus.

Explore the Vault Online Career Plan

One of the world’s leading sources of career information, Vault makes students’ and alumni’s efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient. This new online resource includes:

  • Career guides and employer profiles in PDF
  • 4,000+ company profiles
  • 3,000+ career advice articles
  • Industry and occupational profiles
  • Access to message boards for insider information

In addition, the Vault guide to résumés (CVs), cover letters, and interviews provides practical information to create résumés (CVs), overcome difficulties in writing cover letters, and getting ready to sit for interviews.  Before accessing Vault, please note that this resource is only available for LAU students and alumni and only from within LAU premises.

To start using these resources, please visit or contact the career guidance officer in your campus.

Follow the Four Year Career Development Plan

Your Career Starts Today!

Your career starts the day you enroll at LAU. The staff at LAU’s Career Development Center provide you with the tools you need to ensure successful career planning during and after your college experience. The Four-Year Career Development Plan highlights the basic steps to follow each year in order to graduate with solid hands-on experience and a job-search strategy that will help you in your future endeavors.

Freshmen- Start Building

  • Engage with Career Services during the New Student Orientation or by visiting our offices.
  • Take the Strong Interest Inventory to identify your interests and the majors that match them.
  • Build your first professional résumé with the help of the Career Services staff.
  • Start building a professional network with your professors, advisors, staff and peers.
  • Join clubs and take part in the many fun and engaging extra-curricular activities on campus.
  • Make sure you have a good balance between study and leisure.
  • Attend one of our many workshops on communication, time management, study skills, leadership, career exploration, etc.

Sophomores- Expand Your Knowledge

  • Get acquainted with Career Services during the New Student Orientation or by visiting our offices.
  • Build your first professional résumé with the help of the Career Services staff.
  • Start building a professional network with your professors, advisors, staff and peers.
  • Join clubs and take part in the many fun and engaging extra-curricular activities on campus.
  • Make sure you have a good balance between study and leisure.
  • Attend one of our many workshops on communication, time management, study skills, leadership, career exploration, etc.
  • Visit the Office of International Services to learn about study abroad and exchange programs.
  • Learn about the Honors’ Program.
  • Explore opportunities and shadow professionals on the job.
  • Visit the Career Portal to view available internships.
  • Enroll in diverse courses to explore different majors and minors, and take electives in areas that interest you.
  • Keep your GPA as high as possible to increase your chances in getting good scholarships and being accepted into a strong graduate program.
  • Check your LAU email regularly for news on the latest internships, summer jobs, and volunteer work locally and regionally.

Juniors - Sharpen Your Skills

  • If you are not satisfied with your major, ask the Career Services staff to take a psychometric career assessment (also known as the Strong Interest Inventory).
  • Schedule an appointment at Career Services to update your résumé.
  • Write letters of motivation that you can use when applying for internships and jobs.
  • Discuss with your professors and faculty advisor potential graduate-study opportunities.
  • Visit the Career Portal and apply for internships and part-time and summer jobs.
  • Attend the Career and Internship Fair that takes place yearly on both campuses.
  • Attend the Study Abroad Fair to explore the graduate-study opportunities.
  • Enhance your online presence by updating your LinkedIn and other social media profiles.
  • Join LinkedIn special interest groups.
  • Research employment opportunities and attend panel discussions and recruitment presentations.
  • Attend trainings on job-search strategies, goal setting, business etiquette, writing motivation letters, etc.
  • Obtain practical work experience with an internship – interns often get hired in the same company if they prove themselves.
  • Maintain involvement in extra-curricular, civic and leadership activities to stand out in the job market.

Seniors - Set Yourself Apart

  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services to update your résumé.
  • Refine your professional self and develop an “elevator pitch.”
  • Discuss with your professors and faculty advisor potential graduate-study opportunities.
  • Visit the Career Portal and apply for internships and part-time and summer jobs.
  • Attend the Study Abroad Fair to explore graduate-study opportunities.
  • Enhance your online presence by updating your LinkedIn and other social media profiles.
  • Take part in the Alumni Mentoring Program and sign up for alumni services.
  • Develop post-graduate goals.
  • Work on a research paper with one of your professors and attempt to publish it or attend academic conferences.
  • Attend trainings on job-search strategies, goal setting, business etiquette, writing motivation letters, etc.
  • Ask for letters of recommendation from your professors and work/internship supervisors that detail your experience, skills, personal qualities and academic performance. 
  • Identify your most-desired employers and research employment opportunities.
  • Check your LAU email regularly for news on the latest internships, summer jobs, and volunteer work locally and regionally.
  • Secure employment.

Contact the career guidance 

Beirut:
Aya El Mir, Dania Saad
Office of the Dean of Students
Ext: 1679, 1635

Byblos: 
Zeina Trad, Hassan Baalbaki
Office of the Dean of Students
Ext: 1668, 2411

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