Loyola University New Orleans alumni have recently embarked in full-time service with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest:

Volunteers with JVC:

  • Owen Connelly, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston, Houston, TX
  • Francesca Vaccaro, St. HOPE Public Schools, Sacramento, CA

Volunteers with JVC Northwest:

  • Veronica Morse, Catholic Community Services, Seattle, WA

As full-time volunteers with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, these graduates commit to the dignity and well-being of all people, particularly those on the margins of society. Living a life rooted in a faith that does justice, each young person lives and serves within a reflective community alongside other Jesuit Volunteers (JVs).

Loyola University New Orleans graduates are some of the 148 JVC Northwest JV/AmeriCorps members serving in 25 Northwest communities, and 283 Jesuit Volunteers from JVC serving in 50 communities across the world.

JVs serve hundreds of thousands of people each year, addressing significant social issues including hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, and food justice. These young leaders commit to a faith that does justice while accompanying many communities, including Indigenous communities, schools, health clinics, and advocacy organizations across the country and world.


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**Article written by Clayton Shelvin, Career Coach (College of Music and Fine Arts)**

Education in the arts is an integral part of the development of each human being. Those who have studied learning processes throughout the ages, beginning with Plato, have emphasized the importance of the arts in the education process. Arts education refers to education in the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. Professionals in the arts is integral to our society. Last year, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a report that stated that arts and culture contributed more than $698 billion to the economy.  The industries that make up the bulk of arts and culture production include broadcasting, movies and videos, publishing, retail sales, performing arts and advertising.  This report became significant, as the U.S. has seen an increase in students entering universities to study theatre, music industry studies, graphic design and fashion and merchandising.

“Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence,” sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has said. An arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Years of research show that it’s closely linked to almost everything that employers say they want in an employer: a background of academic achievement, interpersonal abilities, flexibility and adaptability, and problem solving skills.  The flexibility and versatility of an arts degree means that graduates have the lion’s share of choices when it comes to which industry they can enter. In 2011 bachelor’s graduates from the arts most frequently found employment in business administration, sales, management, media, hospitality and government agencies. In other words, the possibilities are endless and it’s really up to you where you choose to take your degree and apply your skills.  Here are a few things to remember when beginning career exploration for students in the College of Music and Fine Arts:


Consider all your options – media, business, publishing, marketing, the public sector, arts or community services. If you are interested in a particular industry, take the time to research that industry to better understand the requirements for entry-level roles. You may find roles and organizations that you didn’t even know existed. Research companies in the industry of your choice to understand organizational structures and business models. There are a multitude of resources available for this kind of research including careers counsellors, job search websites, industry associations, company websites and more. Get yourself out there, meet with industry professionals and network as much as you can.  Armed with your arts degree, you may have to be prepared to start at the bottom and work your way up. But with your well-developed writing and analytical skills, there’s nothing to stop you from excelling, progressing and working your way to the top.

Know Your Skill Set – And How To Sell It

By understanding which highly transferable skills you’ve developed during your studies, you will be able to communicate and demonstrate these to potential employers. Many employees look for a few key competencies, preferring to recruit graduates who they can train in industry-specific skills on the job. Some of the most important skills that an arts degree will give you include:

  • Communication skills
  • Critical reading and thinking skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Research skills

Students can see the Career Development Center for assessments that will help to measure your strengths and interests, and will give you an opportunity to have  1-on-1 session with your Career Coach.

Consider Postgraduate Study Options

Many students choose a Bachelor of Arts in order to pursue a particular subject that they are passionate about, such as philosophy or literature or anthropology. For the most part, however, students who choose an arts degree are looking to broaden their knowledge and experience in order to find a satisfying career path. Many arts graduates go on to specialize through postgraduate study. Popular postgraduate courses for arts graduates include educationpsychologyjournalismmarketing and social work. Many arts graduates also choose careers in research or academia. With the in-depth knowledge and skills gained by doing a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master’s degree, you’ll have the advanced knowledge to launch your career and be an expert in your field.

All students in the College of Music and Fine Arts can set up an appointment with your Career Coach, Clayton Shelvin, to discuss resumes, career exploration, internships, personal assessments and other career-related topics.  Contact the Career Development Center at (504) 865-3860 to set up an appointment today!

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The Annual Fall Career Expo is Friday, September 23rd 2016 noon-4 pm at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Over 60 international, national and regional employers are expected to attend.

Don’t know how to prepare for the fair?  The Career Development Center will host a workshop on the “Tips for Getting the Most Out of the Career Fair” on Wednesday, September 21 at 5:00 in Multi-Media Room 2 of the Monroe Library.  No RSVP needed.  ALL Majors welcome.

Don’t have transportation to the dome? Don’t worry! There will be a free shuttle running all day from Freret Street and McCallister (in front of Tulane’s ROTC building). The first shuttle leaves at 11:30 a.m.(and every 45 minutes thereafter). For more information, please call the Career Development Center (504-865-3860).

Need to have your resume reviewed?  The Career Development Center has walk-in hours every Monday and Thursday from 2:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The Career Development Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Danna Student Center in suite 208.  Contact career@loyno.edu if you have any questions.

Check out the most updated list below:

Allstate Insurance Corporation
Applied Medical Resources
Arkansas Teacher Corps
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Audubon Nature Institute
Austin Police Department
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Cintas Corporation
City Year
Dallas Police Department
Entercom New Orleans
Entergy Corporation
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Fort Bend ISD
Hillstone Restaurant Group
Insight Global
LaPorte – CPAs & Business Advisors
Margin Recovery International
Metrpolitan Human Services District
Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program
New Orleans City Park
New Orleans Police Department
Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana
Ochsner Health System
Pan-American Life Insurance Group
Peoples Health
Quorum Business Solutions
Raising Cane’s
Relay Teacher Pathways
Republic National Distributing Company
Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Synaptek Corporation
Teach for America
Texas Chiropractic College
The Boeing Company
Tulane University – Freeman School of Business Graduate Admissions
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Peace Corps
University of Chicago
Urban Teachers
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Navy
Venture for America
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It is that time of the year again! The Fall 2016 Career Expo, sponsored by GlobalStar, will be held on Friday September 23 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  This year’s fair will have over 60 local, regional, national and international employers interested in recruiting ALL MAJORS.

A few last minute reminders as you prepare for the fair:

Do Your Research: Research the employers registered to attend the Fall 2016 Career Expo and find the right match for you.  Ensure your skill set is in alignment with the ideal candidate the company is searching for.  Keep an open mind and make plenty of copies of your resume!

Look the Part: Your first impression is a lasting impression! Make sure that you are neat, clean and polished with your business attire. If all else fails, choose a conservative classic look with traditional colors.

Develop a Plan of Action: Arrive to the Fall 2016 Career Expo early. Have an idea of the employers you would like to visit and in what order. Avoid long lines; make a note of the employer and visit them before you leave the fair. In developing your game plan, include your personal PDSA method: Plan. Do. Study. Act.

Plan to take the FREE shuttle: Parking downtown can be complicated and expensive. The Career Development Center is offering a free shuttle to and from the event. Catch the shuttle at Freret Street and McCallister in front of Tulane’s ROTC building. Scheduled pick up times are 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. (The final shuttle will leave Superdome Gate A at 4:15 p.m. to return to campus.)

At the Fall 2016 Career Expo

What should you ask a Recruiter?  Ask about job/internship opportunities, application process, qualifications, and potential career paths.  Relax and speak slowly. Take notes and distribute your resume. At the end of the conversation, request a business card and/or contact information. Below are sample questions to ask recruiters.

  • Does your company hire on a continual basis or just at certain times of the year? How long does the hiring process take?
  • What are the skills and attributes you value most in your employees?
  • What opportunities are there for advancement in the company?
  • Describe some typical projects/assignments for an entry level person in your organization
  • What would you expect your ideal hire to do during the first month with the company?
  • What is the company culture like?
  • How long have you worked for this company and why did you choose this position?

After the Career Expo

What should you do after the Career Expo? Send a quick thank you email to the recruiters you have spoken to within 24 hours if possible. Refer back to something from your conversation and attach your resume as a reference.  Recap your interests in the organization and the positions they have available. Keep a file of all contacts made with the employer, including dates and applications material sent to them. If you would like additional information on Preparing for the Career Expo, you can schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in the Career Development Center by calling 504.865.3860 or stop by the CDC, 208 Danna Student Center.


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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana was founded in 1934 and is the state of Louisiana’s oldest and largest health insurance company. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to identifying and developing the next generation of talent, which is why they created the Generation Blue Internship Program.  Participants in the program are taking part in a challenging internship that will help them develop the skills they need for their future careers.  The program is open to undergraduates, graduate level students and recent graduates and best of all, you get paid!

Generation Blue is a 10-week program offered three times per year: fall, spring and summer. Class sizes and availability will vary based on business needs. Recruitment is ongoing for all majors and backgrounds. In order to qualify students must be pursuing an undergraduate / graduate degree or be a recent graduate.

  • A minimum of a 2.8 GPA is required.
  • Ability to work 15 – 20 hours per week for fall and spring internships. (30 – 40 hours for summer internships)
  • Ability to work, live in or commute to the Baton Rouge area.
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and ability to adapt to a changing work environment.
  • Knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Microsoft Word is required.
  • Participate in “Lunch and Learn” sessions to delve into professional development topics and increase your industry knowledge.

Students will have access to the Blue Link Mentoring Community for formal and informal mentorship from leaders across our entire organization. During the last week of your internship, students will be given the opportunity to showcase their work to company leaders and fellow interns.

Come and visit the University Relations team at the Fall 2016 Internship and Part Time Job Fair on Thursday August 25, noon – 2:30 in the St. Charles Room  and learn more about some of the following internships:  graphic design intern, IT disaster recovery intern, marketing intern, community relations intern, actuarial intern and writer internNO RSVP required.  Register at the door!

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The construction industry plays a vital role in global business.  The many facets of the construction business are sometimes overlooked by students seeking an internship.  In the past, students majoring in sectors like marketing or public relations for instance might never look a construction company for an internship unless they were an engineer or project manager.

Today, companies are competing more and branding themselves harder than ever before.  One such company is CORE Construction.  They have over 15 different offices in 7 different states across the U.S.  They employ over 1200 employees, where their culture is built on Trust.

This year at the Fall 2016 Internship and Part-Time Job Fair, CORE is seeking to hire a paid Marketing Intern.  The position is a great opportunity for an interested candidate to assist the Director of Marketing and the Director of Business Development in a diverse set of marketing and publicity tasks.

If you are interested in an exciting and worthwhile internship please come and visit CORE Construction at the Fall 2016 Internship and Part Time Job Fair on Thursday, August 25 from noon – 2:30 in the St. Charles Room.  NO RSVP needed.  

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CRI is one of the fastest-growing super-accounting firms in the U.S., offering services that range from financial advising, planning estates, properly managing property taxes, and formulating wealth management. The company also provides auditing & attestation, accounting, tax, forensic accounting, consulting and investment banking services to businesses of all sizes. The firm employs more that 1,300 professionals with various background and specialties.  The firm has 46 locations around the country and is a member of PrimeGlobal, one of the largest global associations of independent accounting firms.  CRI prides themselves on their focus on customer relations and customer service, which has helped to make them a leading CPA firm in the U.S..

CRI currently seeks qualified candidates to serve as interns for their New Orleans office.  CRI interns provide assistance in preparing audit and tax work papers, compiling financial statements and supporting schedules, entering and analyzing data for computer applications, and preparing engagement correspondence.  Qualified candidates must be a junior or senior accounting student (or have and equivalent number of accounting and business courses).  Check out CRI at the upcoming Internship & Part-Time job fair on August 25 from noon until 2:30pm in the St. Charles Room of the Danna Student Center. No RSVP needed.  Students can register at the door!

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Welcome back students!

Are you looking for an opportunity to increase your employability skills?  Interested in sharpening your interpersonal skills by interacting with people on a professional level? Want to beef up your resume to remain competitive?

On Thursday, August 25, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the St. Charles Room (1st floor, Danna Student Center) the Career Development Center will host the 5th Internship and Part-Time Job Fair.  The fair will connect local employers with students seeking those all-important academic internships and/or part-time job opportunities. Sponsored by Carr, Riggs & Ingram,LLC , CORE Construction, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Diversified Specialty Printing, Inc., and  Pelican New Orleans, this event is open to students from ALL majors and class standings.  Visit with approximately 60 local organizations that want to put your creative knowledge and talents to work.  With over 400 students attending each semester, the Internship and Part Time Job Fair has become a Loyola tradition!








NO pre-registration required…just sign in at the door.  Dress code is casual. Resumes are encouraged.  For the full list of participating employers check out our website.

A sampling of employers includes:

Audubon Nature Institute

Bard Early College New Orleans

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

CORE Construction

Creative Alliance of New Orleans


Diversified Specialty Printing, Inc.

Ellie Rand Public Relations

Fidelity Bank

House of Blues

Isidore Newman School

Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy

Jesuit Social Research Institute

Louisiana Children’s Museum

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Louisiana Violence Reduction Coalition

Loyola University New Orleans Intercollegiate Athletics and University Sports Complex

Metropolitan Center for Women and Children

New Orleans Pelicans

Northwestern Mutual

Pelican New Orleans

Pelican Publishing


State Farm Insurance

Tales of the Cocktail/New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

Tennesse Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Tulane University – Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Vera Institute of Justice

Venture for NOLA (Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development)


Contact the Career Development Center at career@loyno.edu or 504.865.3860  if you have any questions!

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Employ the Pack is back! Loyola University New Orleans Career Development Center is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 4th annual employment boot camp, Employ the Pack: A Conference for Young Professionals. Designed to provide up-to-the minute strategies and aid to students and alumni navigating the current job market, Employ the Pack has celebrated three straight years of memorable programming. This year the Career Development Center is especially excited to announce that Loyola University alumnus Will Donaldson — entrepreneur, real estate developer and a co-founder of Launch Pad in New Orleans’ CBD and  co-founder of St. Roch Market – will serve as keynote speaker for the Saturday, April 2 conference.

The half-day, professional-caliber employment strategies conference is available to current students and young Loyola alumni for free. Featuring innovative breakout sessions which address current job-market needs, as well as one-on-one face time with dynamic industry leaders and employment experts, the conference will be held in the St. Charles Room in the Danna Student Center on Loyola’s main campus. EMPLOY the PACK:  A Conference for Emerging Professionals will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Will Donaldson is an entrepreneur and real estate developer with interests in hospitality, food & beverage, office, and residential real estate. He is a co-founder of Launch Pad in New Orleans’ CBD, which has been home to multiple venture-backed startups. Launch Pad has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among many other publications. He is also the co-founder of St. Roch Market, which is the South’s first Food Hall. St. Roch features 13 independent food-service entrepreneurs focusing on coastal and local foods. The unique project has garnered the attention of National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, and Southern Living, among many others.  Mr. Donaldson is an avid long-distance sailor with more than 15,000 miles of sailing experience. He is a firm believer in continuing education and responsible enterprise. He holds an M.B.A. from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University where he graduated Cum Laude and a B.A. in Anthropology from Loyola University in New Orleans where he also graduated Cum Laude.

He will share his journey from a liberal arts student at Loyola University to a successful business person in the city of New Orleans.  Conference attendees will learn how to model his behaviors as a means to achieve and sustain success of their own.

The conference is open to all Loyola junior, senior, graduate students and young alumni, and will offer all participants resources to conquering the professional world. More detailed information about conference sessions and panelists will be available closer to the date. Click here to pre-register for the conference!  For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 504-865-3860.

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**Article written by Val Matta, VP of Business Development at CareerShift; friend of the Career Development Center**

There is no denying the Internet has fast become one of the most important tools for job seekers, as more and more digital job search resources have become available and even mobile-optimized. 

If you are not using online resources during your search, you are part of a minority. According to a 2015 study from the Pew Research Center, 79 percent of Americans looking for work within the last two years have used the Internet during recent searches.

Digital job searches yield results for many hopeful job seekers. The Pew Research Center reports that 34 percent of them claim online resources were the most important tool available, second to personal and professional networks, on the list of Americans’ most important resources.

Just like any other career endeavor, job seekers need to be equipped with a set of skills. Social skills are still very valuable for networking and interviewing, but what about the skills you need for successfully locating openings and landing interviews?

Here’s a look at what skills you’ll need during your digital job search:

 1. Organizing Your Digital Job Search Resources

Maintaining an organized search will reduce the amount of time you spend. A study by the Career Advisory Board in April, 2015 found that 43 percent of successful job seekers only spent 1 to 3 hours each day on search activities.

There are several ways to organize your search before and during your process. One simple method is using a bookmark folder in your web browser. Search for a dozen or so websites to help you with searches, that can be focused on your specific industry or area. The big-name job sites will only get you so far.

Once you collect a list of job sites, add them to a bookmark folder and title it “Job Websites.” Side note: If you want to make it fun, use unique folder names like “Road to Success” to stay positive and interested throughout your process.

If you are going to use the big-name job finder sites, start an account with each one. Most of them allow you to save resumes and cover letters, and some offer one-click apply buttons via their website or smartphone application.

Save your application materials in a way that makes it convenient for you to recall specific details about your recent activity. Let’s say you applied to over 20 positions in a week, which means you probably wrote over 20 cover letters and resumes, and you get a call to schedule an interview: How exactly do you know about this company? What skills did you need? How did you gauge your interest when you first applied?

An easy method for recalling important application information is to simply label your documents with a system that will help you find the digital files quickly — and keep a copy of everything you send. Set your email account to save all sent mail, or bcc yourself when you send out applications. If you’re using an employer’s system, start a word-processing file to copy all your answers, and paste to fill in the fields quickly.

Create a simple spreadsheet system for tracking your applications and follow-up efforts. List the job title, contact name, date of submission, follow-up action, and the website or resource you used to find the position. Keeping this up-to-date will ensure you’re on task and following up at appropriate times.

2. Knowing Your Toolkit

Look at the tools you have at your disposal, and identify the best and worst uses for each one.

Your smartphone, for example, is a great tool for researching companies and job openings. It provides access to specific job search apps that may allow you to apply with one click. Although 50 percent of smartphone job seekers used their phone to fill out online applications, according to the Pew Research Center study, using a smartphone to fill out lengthy online applications will be a hassle.

You can also use productivity and calendar apps on your phone to prioritize and schedule events for potential resources like networking events or job fairs. These apps allow you to set alarms and reminders. A number of these apps sync with calendar features on other mobile and computer devices, for seamless transition and tracking of important tasks and events.

Web browsers on computers and laptops make it easy for you to navigate the multiple fields and pages on third-party application systems. Also, word processing software on these devices is ideal for writing resumes and cover letters.

Finally, use your Facebook account for more than scrolling through funny cat videos and political memes. Your social media accounts are great for sharing professional information and maintaining a presence for future employers.

3. Using Your Social Media Accounts

Your online presence has more of an impact than you think during your digital job search. The activity on your accounts should be an extension of your professional side.

For example, if you are looking into IT work, join an IT discussion group on LinkedIn, share new studies and surveys that address the industry on your Facebook, engage in discussions on Twitter, and stay visible online.

This will expand your network of friends and acquaintances and, at the very least, prove some of your strengths — such as writing and communication skills — keep those skills sharp, and allow you to flex your creative muscles.

4. Finding Your Calling

So your vague searches are yielding way too many postings with little substance. What to do?

Be specific. Be discerning. Be confident.

Finding your passion is a difficult thing to do, and most people struggle with this for a long time. However, resources exist to help you identify your skills, interests, and personality traits that will provide you with a sense of direction during your search. You can’t find your destination if you don’t have one in mind.

Even before starting your digital job search, find personality tests online. There are several resources available for free (or at an affordable price) that will act as a starting point for your self-reflection. Gaining insight on how your personality affects your actions and decision making is invaluable for your career pursuit.

Once you have a specific sense of who you are and what you love to do, you can narrow and refine your search and be specific in multiple fields, like region, job title, and industry.

How do you plan on using your skills to simplify your digital job search and guarantee success?

About Val Matta

Val Matta is the vice president of business development at CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution that gives job seekers complete control over their job search. It’s available for individual users, university and military career services centers, libraries, and corporations seeking to offer outplacement assistance to former employees. Connect with Val and CareerShift on LinkedIn.


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