You can do virtually anything with a Lake Forest College degree. Every pathway gives you the chance to build your own plan; this pathway is specifically designed to help you bridge your interests when they span multiple pathways, if you want to start by developing essential skills before choosing a set of industries to explore, or if your interests are hard to define.
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If you are a policy and scientifically minded student, you may blend those interests to become an advocate for patients trying to navigate the health care system or to become an influencer in global health care issues. Your options for blending interests across pathways are endless, and your career advisor can help you organize your interests to create a clear plan for exploring and preparing for your journey.
Choosing your major is one of the ways you can start to build your path. You don’t need to design your own major to design your own path, but you can.
How to choose a major? Start by looking through academic departments’ web pages to learn about required and elective courses. Your academic and career advisors will help you find majors and minors that match your skills and goals. All majors can be a powerful basis for your plan, so don’t be afraid to explore the breadth of options!
Your academic options extend beyond Lake Forest College. Lake Forest has partnerships with a number of other academic institutions, which allow you to build upon your Lake Forest degree to develop an academic program that seems beyond your imagination.
Build an academic program utilizing off-campus study and dual degree partnership agreements:
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Building your own pathway requires the right tools. Enjoy your first tool set.
Interested in joining the Build Your Own Career Pathway? Sign up today!
Get actively involved with a student organization. Help with events, go to volunteer activities, initiate new projects. Find ways to develop new skills. Some organizations are more active than others - don’t underestimate your ability to be a positive influence.
What can you do right now?
Figure out what you know and what you don’t to help you develop your next steps.
Make a skills inventory.
When a specific job or industry isn’t driving your career plan, then, it’s best to look inward first. Use our skills assessment tool to create a list of skills you possess and how you developed them. You can match your skills with real occupations.
Explore trends and norms in a variety of industries.
If you want to work in a variety of industries, then, you must develop a basic understanding for what drives their success. What’s their work culture? What skills will you use? How intense is the competition? Use Lake Forest College’s subscription to Vault.com for articles and downloadable books. Here are a few areas to start exploring:
Vault is best known nationally for its influential rankings, ratings, and reviews on thousands of top employers and hundreds of internship programs.
Become interested in others.
Learn lessons from alumni and friends. The Forester Career Network contains hundreds of industry professionals eager to talk with you about their career path, impressions of the world, and tips for you to consider as you develop your path. To gain access to the Forester Career Network, complete the training.
Follow interesting people and organizations on social media.
Remember you are never alone in your journey.
As a Forester, you have access to a network of supporters who want you to succeed.
Your career advisor can help you with everything from considering major/career options to making action plans to get what you want. Log into ForesterLink or contact the Career Advancement Center to confirm your advisor’s name. You can always swap advisors.
Career advisors email you regularly with resources and announcements about events. In addition, if you sign up for this Career Pathway, you’ll also receive messages about specific jobs and internships.