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Loralei Premo

Loralei Premo '07
Biology Major

Communications and SPC Administrator, Drinking Source Water Protection Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (Ontario)

"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.

I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."

Parents at Lake State

Career Concerns

It’s never too early to start thinking about the future

Many students don’t set foot in the campus Career Center until they’re a senior, frantic to get their résumé critiqued so they can find a job. It’s wise, however, to visit this helpful office early on—even during the first year—because career counselors can help students get on track and explore career options they may not have known about otherwise.

Jobs within Different Majors. For instance, many career offices offer helpful lists of “What You Can Do with a ____ Major.” If your student is a biology major, does she know about options beyond the lab? She can work for an environmental group, take a job in a zoo, teach, be a science writer and so much more.

Personal Career Inventories. Your student can also take a career inventory or two to identify possible interests. Many of these personal surveys can be done online, right in the career center. And the trained professionals within the office can help students go over their results and determine their next steps.

A Career File. Opening a career file makes sense, too. This is a way for your student to develop a relationship with one of the career counselors and to start a personal paper trail. This file might include letters of recommendation for summer jobs/internships, inventory results, résumé drafts and more. Why not start now?
Resources Aplenty. The career center is also chock full of resources! Spending an hour in this office flipping through books, magazines and journals is time well spent.

So, encourage your student to make an appointment at the career center this semester. The earlier the better, before the center gets bombarded with juniors and seniors in a frenzy. Help your student not be one of these frantic upperclassmen. Instead, he’ll be a well-informed, well-prepared student taking control of his own destiny.

Job Prep

To prepare for filling out job applications and preparing a résumé, students should be able to:

  • List their previous employers with contact names, addresses and phone numbers.
  • List their dates of employment in chronological order.
  • List the accurate names and dates of awards they’ve received.
  • List various community service/volunteer efforts, along with accurate dates and agency/organization names.

Having these pieces of information readily on hand will help your student be able to easily fill out an application at a moment’s notice.

Fire Science with Honors...

SavannahSueRondeau

SavannahSue Rondeau
Fire Science

"I love the fast pace environment, the people in the profession, and the adrenaline rush of running into a burning building or saving someone’s life," she says.

Rondeau chose Lake Superior State University because it offers the first accredited four-year fire science degree in the United States. She also jumped at the challenge of LSSU's Honors program, which requires her to complete 21 Honors credits, including 10 credits for an Honors seminar/thesis project.

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