By Cody Worsham
Thousands of students come to campus every year with no idea what they’ll do when they leave. It’s one of the hardest parts of college – finding a major is practically impossible when you’re not even sure what career you want to pursue.
LSU is making that process simpler with its new Olinde Career Center, officially opened last week at a ribbon cutting ceremony. The center, located in the student union, brings LSU’s career services operations under a single roof for the first time in the history of the university.
“Today is a great day for LSU and for LSU students for many decades to come,” director Mary Feduccia said. “The Olinde center is a testimony to the value that LSU places on preparing students well for their careers.”
Here are a few of the center’s coolest features:
“Dress for Success”
Judging by the volume of crocs, tank tops, and snap backs seen on campus daily, it’s evident students need professional sartorial advice, and the Olinde Career Center is providing just that – with a modern twist.
The center features the innovative “Dress for Success” interactive technology, a touch-screen exhibit that teaches students the intricacies of dressing for jobs and job interviews. A part of the Chevron Workforce Development Center – which houses computer and print resources for students seeking employment and advice on majors – the Dres for Success technology is the first of its kind in the country.
Lunch & Learn
The second floor features a 40-person Career classroom equipped with multimedia technology. The center will host Lunch & Learn events, hosted by employee recruiters, where students can use their lunch break to get their foot in the door at the companies of their liking.
Passport to Success
The Center will house a passport office where students can get clearance to travel the world. President Alexander said he wants students to graduate LSU with a passport in one hand and a degree in the other.
“This office is more significant than you’ll ever know, encouraging our students to go overseas to study; encouraging them to look at broader, wider opportunities; and it’s located exactly in the heart and soul of campus,” he said.
Cale P. Smith Student Financial Management Center
Managing money is a skill many students take for granted, but it’s crucial to post-collegiate success. The Cale P. Smith Student Financial Management Center will educate students on creating budgets, forming responsible spending habits, and setting fiscal goals. LSU’s students already average $48,000 in salary in their first years of employment, and just 35% graduate with debt – well below the national average of 72%.
“Talk about a fair start … I’d say our graduates are getting off to a great fair start,” President F. King Alexander said.