Student Self Assessment
Understanding one’s academic profile, values, interests, personality and
skill sets is crucial to appropriate major selection and career goal
achievement. All students complete the assessment module of FOCUS2, a
comprehensive online assessment, education and career planning program as an
ongoing resource to identify majors and occupations that are best suited to
assessment results. Designated faculty and staff use these individualize
assessment results to advise students regarding major selection and occupation
exploration. Students have personal FOCUS2 accounts to continue self-directed
career exploration and journal related activities as they continue their professional
education through co-curricular activities.
Online Career Resources
career development assistance is accessible through the student portal
My.LaRoche. Students can access career development resources to aid them with career
development initiatives. Students are also encouraged to establish an online
account through College Central; a career
service network that connects students with potential employers through a La
Roche specific internship/job board and also links to national internship/job
search engines. College Central also provides
a database through which students can take advantage of job search preparation
tools to upload competitive resumes and portfolios for potential employer
access. Employers post positions and can search uploaded student/alumni resumes
to identify qualified candidates to meet their hiring needs.
Individual Counseling and Group Workshops
Through one-on-one appointments and group workshops, students are offered a
range of interactive career orientated instruction and learning activities in all
areas of the career development process. Guest speakers including alumni,
faculty and employers are often called upon to share their professional advice
and expertise with students.
Internships & Co-curricular Experiences
Gaining first-hand experience in the professional world of work enhances
student preparedness for professional employment. Internships which allow
students to gain academic credit in their major by completing an onsite work
experience exposes students to specific career work environments and tasks
while providing professional networking opportunities. La Roche faculty advisors oversee students'
internship placement and progress to ensure that students earn instructional
and worthwhile exposure to the world of work.
Internship & Employment
Through consortium membership and employer campus recruitment, students have
the opportunity to interview with potential employers for internships and employment.
La Roche faculty and Career Development staff identify qualified students and
work with them through the process of resume creation and interview
preparation. Consortium employers review qualifications to select
students to interview for specific internships and/or job placement.
As a school partner in the Western Pennsylvania Career Service Association
(WestPACS), La Roche supports the offering of two annual career fairs Career
Fairs providing students the prospect of networking with employers to
investigate internship and employment potential. Dates of regionally
scheduled job fairs are posted for students and job fair preparation is
facilitated through the Office of Career Development.
Business Etiquette Dinner
The Business Etiquette Dinner integrates
professional etiquette instruction into an evening reception and formal
dinner. Both students and alumni
employers are invited to attend this networking opportunity.
La Roche utilizes our alumni work experience as a resource to
educate and mentor current students. A Career Development Alumni
Committee has been created to provide a resource of expertise in the areas of
career preparation and advice. Activities like mock interviews and alumni/student
dinners allow professional La Roche alumni to interact with students and offer
career advice and networking assistance.
Graduate School Research and Application
This process requires due diligence and time. The Office of Career
Development supports students through the school and program search and