Your career deserves your early and careful attention. Career Services assists students and alumni with the process of career development, from exploration to investigation to experiential learning to the job search. At all times our focus is to inform and empower students and alumni by linking them with career information, employment, graduate programs and experiential learning opportunities.
LSC Connections is a web based database of jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. LSC Connections, and the information contained in the database, is maintained by the LSC Career Services and powered by Experience.com.
Internships are valuable ways of translating classroom theory into practical application, discovering what professional skills you need to master, and gaining firsthand knowledge of the pros and cons of a profession. Internships are measured in credit hours, are graded, and may or may not be paid work experiences. Sixty-two percent of 2010 graduates reported that their internships positively affected their post-graduate employment potential.
All students with sophomore standing, who have spent at least one semester at LSC, have a 2.0 GPA or better, and have the approval of their sponsoring academic department are eligible to participate in an internship.
Presently all LSC academic departments, EXCEPT Recreation, Education, Psychology, and Exercise Science require students to obtain Internship paperwork from the Career Services Office. Before an internship can officially begin a student must complete an “Internship Contract” with the faculty member who will be supervising the internship. Once the contract is completed the student must obtain the necessary signatures on the bottom of the contract. THEN the student must bring the completed and signed “Internship Contract” to the Director of Career Services. (Recreation, Education, Psychology, and Exercise Science students who are interested in internships need to follow their departmental procedures.)
The necessary internship forms are here for your convenience. Please complete your contract, obtain the necessary signatures and bring the contract to Career Services located in the Advising Resource Center. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
For internship opportunities please visit Career Services for suggestions and check out the links below:
How to check if you have Work-Study funding:
- Work Study is a federally funded program designed to enable students in need of financial help with educational costs. Work-study is a need-based program.
- At Lyndon State there a limited number of work-study positions. Students apply DIRECTLY to departments for positions; see list of departmental openings below.
- If this is the first year you have been awarded works study, be sure to pick up your contract in Career Services.
If ineligible for Work-Study funding:
- Check with Sodexo (Dining Hall)
- Check LSC Connections
- Depending on departmental budgets and students’ specific skills, students may be hired by these departments:
- Education/Psych/… Exercise Science…Math…Atmospheric Science
- Business Department…Mountain Recreation…TV Studies/EJA
- Academic Support…Conferences…Library…Quimby Gallery
- Theatre – Tech Crew…Switchboard…Intramurals…Residential Life
- SHAPE…Finance Budget/Payroll…Public Safety…Copy Center
- Information Technology…Institutional Advancement…Admissions
To find out if you have been awarded Work-Study funding for the current year:
Go to Web Services in the Portal, Click on Student Financial Aid
Then Click on Financial Aid Award Letter
Click on Submit for the Award Year and make sure that you have accepted (A-Accept) your work study funding
Work Study Information
Work Study is a federally funded program designed to assist exceptionally needy with educational costs. Work-Study is a need-based program.
How do I qualify for Work Study?
- Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) by February 15 at www.fafsa.gov.
In addition to early application, there are four other qualifications in order to be awarded work-study:
- You must be enrolled at least 6 credits per semester and must be working towards a degree at Lyndon State College.
- You must qualify on the basis of need. Need is determined by the Financial Aid Office after evaluating your FAFSA.
- You must be making satisfactory academic progress.
- If selected, you must complete the verification process.
Failure to turn in necessary documents when requested may result in loss of work-study eligibility. You will receive notification on whether or not you are eligible for work-study on your Financial Aid Award Letter/Email Notification. If your award package does not include a work-study amount, you are not eligible.
What forms do I need to fill out?
- Your work-study contract must be signed by both you and your supervisor before you are allowed to work.
- If you have never worked under the Work-Study program at LSC, you must complete an I-9 and W-4 form with your supervisor.
If you have any qestions about eligibility, contact us at LSCFinancialAid@lyndonstate.edu or call us at 802-626-6396.
Questions about job openings may be directed to Darlene.Gilman@lyndonstate.edu in Career Services.
Looking for work involves crafting cover letters and resumes that represent you at your best, knowing how to interview, and knowing how to locate potential employers. Career Services provides this assistance. Career Services receives notices of local, regional and national job openings daily. Check email, Career Services Facebook Page and LSC Connections to review these job notices. The office also receives a modest number of part-time employment notices and has helpful directories.
This publication from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is a helpful job search tool.
Job Hunting Using the Internet
There are thousands of sites that profess to help people locate employment. The following are some sites that can help focus your initial exploration. By no means is this a complete list of Internet sites. Career Services maintains additional site information that students may find useful. Check out the links below:
Career Resource Center
Career Services maintains a lending library of occupational references, self-assessment and career development books, employer directories, job search material, job & internship listings, and college and graduate school catalogues. The office distributes free career handouts.
Figuring It Out
If you are trying to establish goals for yourself, need assistance in identifying your options, or need help focusing yourself, you may wish to take advantage of the following services.
- Career Counseling-Individual or small group counseling appointments are available for students wanting assistance in choosing a major or career, needing help in conducting a job search, or wishing to better understand how their college experiences apply to the work world.
- Career Sessions – Each Semester Career Services offers group sessions on topics such as resume writing, job search activities, interviewing skills and choosing a major.
Career Services has a number of assessment tools that might help you in planning your course of study and career path. They can help you:
- Assess your interests, values, talents and skills
- Broaden your horizons about potential career paths
- Explore and analyze occupational paths
- Map out a realistic career plan
*These inventories are NOT tests. They are NOT crystal balls that have all the answers. They are NOT the final answer. They are simply tools to help you clarify your thinking and identify options.
Visit Career Services to obtain:
- Self Directed Search (SOS)
- Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
Then make an appointment with Career Services to discuss your results.
Online Assessment Sites:
- Start Where You Are – be sure to click on “explore jobs” at the top of the banner
- Career Interest Game
- Human Metrics – based on the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory
- Type Logic – Definitions of Myers-Briggs types
- ONET Career Assessment
What can you do with your major?
Planning will help you make the most of your college years. Here are some activities that will help you clarify potential career paths.
1. Start thinking about your skills, values and interests. Visit the Career Services, Advising Resource Center. Begin reading about work that intrigues you in the Career Services Resource Center where you’ll find information on a variety of careers that correspond to Lyndon’s major courses of study.2. Job Shadow; consider spending a typical day on the job with two or three different professionals in different careers.3. Develop and test out your skills by working with campus clubs and organizations (e.g., if you think that you might be curious about journalism, join the Critic staff if you might be interested in making things happen on campus, get involved with the campus activities board (CAB) or Student Government.4. Browse through the internships and summer jobs in and on the internship info. section on Career Services website.5. Meet with the Career Services staff or a faculty member to discuss strategies for uncovering other internship leads.6. Put together a draft of your resume and cover letter using Fishing Gear, (which you can pick up in Career Services). Seek help from Career Services staff whenever you like until you are happy with your resume (keep in mind, your resume will be in a constant state of updating).7. Research the academic requirements for professions of interest and work with your academic advisor to make sure you’re taking the best courses.
1. Take courses and choose projects that will expand knowledge and skills related to your field(s) of interest. Consider course work outside your major that will enhance your marketability (e.g., computer applications and writing courses). 2. Try to arrange an internship related to your field(s) of interest. It doesn’t matter whether you do internships for credit or not or whether you get paid or not. Employers just want to see some practical application of the skills you’re learning. This is often true of graduate and professional schools, too! Career Services can help you here. 3. You may be able to use a responsible club position or work experience for an internship (Contact your faculty advisor for further information). 4. Start thinking about soliciting references from professors and employers. Schedule appointments to meet with them to confirm their willingness/ability to provide positive references for you. 5. Rework and update your resume.
1. Wrap up your research of career fields2. Get in another professional experience via a summer job or internship to test the direction you’re heading (does it seem appealing to pursue for the first year or two after graduation?).3. Rework and update your resume (again!).4. Start compiling a list of networking contacts (past employers, faculty, family & friends) to approach for help with your job search.5. Compile information about potential graduate programs and request graduate school applications.6. Think you’re interested in applying to graduate school? Pick up graduate school information, admissions test application booklets in Career Services and begin to research financial aid information (scholarships & grants) and check the Graduate School page on the Career Service website.7. Take Graduate school entrance exams
1. Meet with Career Services to develop an individualized job search plan. 2. Fine tune your resume, cover letter and interviewing skills. Career Services is available to help 3. Check your LSC CONNECTIONS and our other online databases or links regularly for job leads. 4. Check job leads in the job newsletters and bulletins, which Career Services receives. 5. If you haven’t had an internship, try to have one this year. If your schedule permits, have a final internship. 6. Possibly develop a special senior project or independent study 7. Continue your involvement with campus clubs and organizations 8. Continue networking with faculty friends, family and former employers. 9. Join a relevant professional association at the reduced student membership fee to gain access to more networking opportunities as well as job leads and continuing education. 10. Take graduate school entrance exams and complete graduate school applications.
1. Complete the Graduate Survey that Career Services sends you; let us know where you’re employed or which graduate school program you’ll be attending. 2. This is also the tool you’ll use to let us know if you’re still looking and want to receive job notices from us. 3. You can continue to work with Career Services whether you’re in the Lyndonville area or not.
Career Services has the following resources to assist students in planning for Graduate School and preparing for the PRAXIS tests.
- Test preparation materials and suggested links
- Graduate School Guide – Listings of Master’s, Doctoral and professional degree programs in the Eastern as well as some Midwestern & Western states. Come and pick up your own copy.
- Selected Graduate School Catalogs and Graduate School Directories.
- Information Guides for GRE’s, LSAT’s, GMAT’s.
2012-2013 Praxis I&II Testing Dates at Lyndon State College
- Nov. 3, 2012
- Jan. 26, 2012
- April 13, 2013
- Praxis Study Guides are available in the Lyndon Career Services Office and in the Lyndon State College Library.
- ETS offers practice test information, including subject tests (free and can be downloaded)
- Test Prep is a free prep test site
- http://www.learningexpressadvantage.com Sign on as a new user and use account number 10254. Then set up an account with your own information.
- Study Guide Zone, a free study guide for Praxis
- Registration Bulletins and Test at a Glance booklets can be obtained in the Career Services office
- GRE Practice
- Miller Analogies Practice
For Detailed information, visit VT State Department of Education.
Graduate School Information Links
- Plan ahead; leave ample time for a professor to write the letter…at least a month. Clearly define the deadline (at least one week before the materials are actually due)
- Decide whether you want to indicate that this will be an “open” (you can read) or “closed” (you cannot read) letter. An open letter guarantees that you know what was said about you. A closed letter gives away your right to read the letter. Some people see this as an opportunity for the recommender to be more candid, thus giving the letter greater validity.
- Choose professors who know you well, and who know the range of your abilities.
- Diplomatically request a letter of recommendation. “Do you feel you know enough about me to write a good letter?” If a professor seems at all hesitant, find someone else to ask.
- Be sure to include recommenders that a graduate school would expect a letter from. (i.e., thesis advisor)
- Give the professor all the forms at once (if possible), with a postage-paid, addressed envelope for each school or employer.
- Provide the followingL
1. A degree audit on which you have marked the courses taken from the professor.
2. A draft of your cover letter, personal statement, or notes about your goals, professional work history, accomplishments and honors, unusual experiences and personal strengths.
3. Your resume, and possibly a copy of your best paper, exam or assignment.
- Insurance plan: Include a stamped postcard addressed to you, noting that the graduate school has received the letter of recommendation. Ask the professor to enclose this with the letter of recommendation. The school will then send the postcard back to you when they receive the materials. If you do not receive a confirmation postcard, you will know you need to gently remind your professor of the deadline.
- It is good manners to send a thank-you note!
Donald Asher in Graduate Admissions Essays writes the “components of letters of recommendation should include: credentials of the writer; depth of knowledge of the candidate (you) as a person and as a performer; testimony as to the candidate’s intellectual capacity, work habits, preparedness for graduate studies; some small fault to demonstrate the writer’s objectivity; and predictions of the candidate’s future career contributions.”
- Research areas of interest, institutions and programs.
- A good website to reference Peterson’s Graduate School Search.
- Talk to advisors about application requirements.
- Register and prepare for appropriate graduate admission tests; GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT. Take a practice test if possible.
- Investigate national scholarships.
- Fastweb is a good resource to help you search for scholarships.
- If appropriate, obtain letters of recommendation.
- Obtain an unofficial transcript to check and correct any discrepancies.
- Visit Career Services in LAC 323 for help in this process.
- Take required graduate admission tests, depending on your financial situation, one of your test fees may be waived. Check with the LSC financial aid office before mailing your test application.
- Write for application materials.
- Visit institutions of interest if possible.
- Write your application essay and Statement of Purpose
- Check on application deadlines and rolling admissions policies.
- For medical, dental, osteopathy, podiatry or law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service most programs use.
- Obtain letters of recommendations.
- Be sure to give professors enough lead time and specific information about the programs to which you are applying. Provide them with a stamped, addressed envelope and any necessary forms.
- Send in completed applications on time. Be aware of your deadlines.
- Complete all the scholarship, assistantship and necessary financial aid applications. Again, watch your deadlines.
- After submitting your applications, verify with all the institutions that your files are complete before the deadline.
- If possible, visit institutions that accept you.
- Send in a deposit to your institution of choice.
- Notify other colleges and universities that accepted you of your decision so that they may admit their students on their waiting list Be sure to send thank you notes to people who wrote your recommendation letters, informing them of your success.