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Post-College Launch Support for New LSA Grads

As a soon-to-be grad or recent LSA graduate, you’ve gained a ton of knowledge since first setting foot on campus. Through years of study, discussion with others, independent or guided exploration, and experiential learning, you've developed you both personally and professionally. We encourage you to take this learning mindset that is deeply rooted in the liberal arts and actively apply it to the life choices you are making now and in the future.

Below, you will find helpful resources to support the launch of the next chapter of your life and to help advance your pursuit of career interests and possibilities.

  • LSA Opportunity Hub - Access online guides and Canvas learning resources
  • University Career Center - Services, including appointments for search strategy, resume/cover letter review, and interview prep, as well as access to tools like Handshake and Big Interview, are available for 18 months following graduation
  • University Alumni Association Career Resources - Free career webinars and resources available to all, and additional professional development resources for members (first year free!)
  • Newnan Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising - Support in applying to law school and health-related grad programs
  • CEW+ - Career counseling available to people affiliated with U-M and community members, with particular expertise supporting nontraditional students

Working towards your next chapter can be both exciting and challenging. Here you’ll find some recommended steps you can take in building from your LSA experiences to your next professional opportunity, as well as resources you can access as a recent grad to support you in this process.

For more support reflecting and building your personalized search strategy, get a copy of our Post-Grad Launch tool.

Articulate the Value of Your LSA Experience

You’ve developed unique skills, knowledge, perspectives, and interests during your time as an LSA student. What are three meaningful or enjoyable things from your LSA experience that you want to carry forward? How might each of those things inform what you want to do next?

Determine Your Priorities

Set a goal that you want to work towards and envision specific scenarios related to your goal. What would it look like for your most central needs and wants to be met? What would make that situation truly ideal? What conditions would be tolerable, especially temporarily, and what would be unacceptable? Think about your needs and preferences across various factors, such as:

  • Type of work
  • Schedule
  • Location
  • Pay & benefits
  • Organization culture
  • Accommodations
  • Personal responsibilities
  • Visa requirements

Figure Out Next Steps

With your goal and priorities in mind, identify individual steps you might need to take to make headway towards your goal. What information do you need to consult? Who do you need to talk to? What do you still need to decide for yourself?Where do you need support? Consider the options from U-M above to broaden your resources (and see our Post-Grad Launch tool for even more ideas)

Not yet on LSA Connect? Join now to stay connected to other new grads like yourself and to reach out to experienced alums with your questions as you launch your career.