Curious about the skills and qualities employers seek the most? According to the employers taking part in the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2013 survey, soft skills such as  leadership abilities, initiative, and communication skills top the list.  Check out the full list below!

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Are you interested in entering the publishing industry?  The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) has a new internship program for students at ACCU-member campuses who are interested in pursuing a career in publishing. This could be a great way to break into the industry and obtain relevant experience!   Check out the links with the details and application instructions below.  The deadline to apply for Summer 2013 is November 1.  If you are interested in applying for any one of these internships, please contact the Career Development Center at or 504.865.3860.

Job Title:
Catholic Publishing Internship

Employer Name:
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP)

No of Openings:

Paid, plus course credit

Employment Start Date:
Summer 2013

Job Description:
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) are proud to announce a new internship program for students at ACCU-member campuses who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of Catholic publishing.

This program will be piloted in 2013. Up to 10 internship candidates will be invited to attend the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Congress of ACP in Baltimore, MD, on March 7-9, where they will meet with and shadow a publishing professional. The attending publishers may also choose to interview the students for the internships, which are expected to take place during summer 2013.

The Internship as a Learning Experience

Summer interns will work in a learning capacity alongside a professional in one of the ACP publishing houses. Students interested in applying for an ACCU-ACP internship must indicate upon application if they are seeking college credit for the internship. Students seeking academic credit will be required to collect, complete, and return all documentation needed to fulfill the terms of their college or university’s process for receiving academic credit for an internship.

In addition, interns will be required to keep a daily journal of work completed and write a 1,500-word essay upon completion of the internship. The person to whom the intern is responsible will be asked to review the essay and return it with comments to the intern.


Application Instructions: If you are interested in applying, visit EMPLOYOLA and follow the application instructions.

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The Fall Career Expo is Wednesday, October 3 from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Your future employer may be waiting there for you.  Buses will continually provide free transportation from the ROTC building on Freret Street to the Superdome starting at 11:30 a.m.

Apple, Entergy, GE Capital, Google, Ochsner, Proctor & Gamble  and U.S. Department of the State are among the employers participating this year.  Students are encouraged to research the employers prior to attending.  Even if you are not currently looking for a position, this is a valuable opportunity to talk to potential employers about industry trends, career options for your major, continued education planning, and tips on recruiting success.  Career fairs also provide a safe place for networking, practicing your elevator speech, and honing your professional demeanor.  Professional recruiters are there to meet you and find new talent for their organizations, so take advantage of this event.

Free shuttle service will pick up at Freret St. and McAllister, in front of the ROTC building. The first shuttle leaves at 11:30 a.m., with afternoon pickups at 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  The final shuttle will leave the Superdome for campus at 4:15 p.m.

Here are some important tips to get the most out of the MGI experience:

•    Know who you want to talk to before arriving at the Superdome.

•    Do your research.  Recruiters are impressed if you show knowledge of their company.

•    Prepare your elevator speech. This is a two-minute introduction highlighting your knowledge and skills.  Planning ahead for what you will say eases anxiety and builds confidence.

•    Professional dress is critical.  A good first impression can mean the difference between getting an interview or getting your resume tossed.

Of course, bringing a polished and professional resume is a must.  The Career Development Center is ready to help with Rapid Resume Reviews, held Monday October 1, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., no appointment necessary.  Contact Li Seghers the Career Development Center for more information about the Fall Career Expo.

To learn tips on career fairs – what to wear, what to bring, what to say, and much more – stop by our office on the second floor of the Danna Center to pick up the handout Career Shopping: How to Successfully Use a Career Fair.

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On Tuesday, September 25th, the Career Development Center is hosting a new program aimed at meeting the specific career development needs of first-year students.  “What’s My Gig?” is an interactive game based off of the popular 1950/60s game show “What’s My Line?”

During this game, teams of first-year students will take turns asking a mystery New Orleans professional yes-or-no questions about his/her occupation.  The first team to correctly identify the professional’s occupation will win one round of the game.  There will be seven rounds in this game and each round will feature a New Orleans professional with an exciting, unique career.

Following the game, students will have the opportunity to chat with the professionals about their careers in order to learn more about the careers that interest them.

Event Title: What’s My Gig?
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Date:  Tuesday, September 25
Location: Audubon Room, 2nd Floor, Danna Center

**Refreshments will be provided! Wolfbucks will be awarded to the winning team!

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James D. Pettit, deputy assistant secretary of state for Overseas Citizens Services within the Consular Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, will visit with Loyola University New Orleans students during an information session on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. in the Audubon Room of the Danna Student Center. The talk is open to all students and is being offered by Loyola’s Career Development Center.

Pettit will discuss the mission of the U.S. Department of State and provide answers to students who are considering careers in foreign service. He will also give an overview of his work at the department, as well as safety tips for overseas travel.

The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy, and the Secretary of State is the president’s principal foreign policy adviser. The primary responsibility of the U.S. Department of State and its employees is to fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives while building a freer, prosperous and secure world. The mission of the Bureau of Consular Affairs is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas and to strengthen U.S. border security through the vigilant adjudication of visas and U.S. passports.

Pettit has served as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine (2007-10), as consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (2003-07), and as consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna (1999-2003). In Washington, he previously served within the Visa Services Directorate, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the Taiwan Coordination Office and the Office of Cuban Affairs. He has served two previous tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and at the American Institute in Taiwan and the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara.

Pettit received a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Russian from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in National Strategic Studies from the National War College. He speaks Russian, Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese.

For more information about careers in foreign diplomacy, please contact or 202-647-1488.

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The Career Development Center offers several opportunities to prepare first year students for career success.  Through focused career exploration activities and individual appointments the Career Development Center has resources, programs and services to benefit you.

As a first year student entering Loyola University, you – and possibly your parents – may find yourself questioning your choice of major.  Not to worry…it is natural for first-year students to revisit their decisions about a major or career path several times.  Deciding on a major is one of the many reasons to visit the Career Development Center.  Students can access What Can I Do with My Major- a valuable resource that offers insight into the most common career paths for graduates within specific majors, gives examples of employers who recruit these disciplines and outlines strategies for students to acquire marketable skills upon graduation.

Still have questions?  Use FOCUS2 to assess personal qualities that relate to careers and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with you. The assessment is offered online and is available to all Loyola students. FOCUS2is a self-paced assessment that provides you with results upon completion and matches your results to Loyola University majors. Continue with your exploration independently or schedule an appointment with your career coach to discuss your results and develop your next steps to career success.

Not ready to make an individual appointment but want to learn about exciting careers in a fun and interactive way?  Participate in the PACKPORT Spotlight: “ What’s My Gig?”–a program where teams of first-year students will compete to be the first to correctly identify the careers of local alumni. Prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be provided.

There are many ways you can connect with the Career Development Center.  Check out our website for upcoming programs and services and to learn more about our individual services.  We look forward to seeing you in our office!




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Attention Loyola University students:

Google + New Orleans is recruiting students for the Community Leader Internship to begin in September.  This is an excellent opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom to the professional world!  Continuing reading for more details and application instructions.

For the past several years, Google has been increasing its involvement in the social and economic landscape of Louisiana, bringing $102 million of economic activity to Louisiana businesses, aiding in initial recovery after Hurricane Katrina, and investing in the entrepreneurial community of New Orleans. In September 2012, Google will take another step forward in its relationship with Louisiana and the city of New Orleans by beginning the Community Leaders Program.
During July 2012, the Community Leaders Program selected local New Orleans community leaders, who are leaders in their communities, have a clear vision for positive change, and desire to make a network of strong relationships in their neighborhoods. These community leaders will receive extensive training on tools and programs for entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profits, students, and social entrepreneurs.

Google’s community leaders will work for one year to empower businesses, build community, and bridge the web literacy gap that exists in New Orleans.

CLP Basic Information: 
Total of 20-25 students receiving course credit for participation in the CLP

12 Teams working on year-long projects:

  •  9 teams will work to equip local businesses to build a web presence through Google Enterprise Tools
  •  3 teams will work on social entrepreneurship projects centered around education, crime, and community empowerment.

Qualifications for Involvement:  


  • 4-8 hours/week committed to coursework/business outreach.
  • A desire to build relationships across any/all lines of difference.
  • Strong, and equitable work ethic to help grow scope and reach of local businesses.


  • Academic credit
  • Training in Google business/non-profit enterprise tools
  • Mentorship by Google employees
  • Networking with New Orleans business leaders, community leaders, local influencers, and Google employees.
  • Relationships with 20+ local college students, 10+ community mentors.

Visit EMPLOYOLA to apply and to see the full job description.  The application deadline is Tuesday, August 28! Contact the Career Development Center at or 504.865.3860 if you need assistance applying for this great opportunity.

**All internship positions have been filled**

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(**reposted from the Huffington Post, written by Caroline Dowd-Higgins**)

Dear Class of 2012:

As you head into the post-academic world, you have an opportunity to design your own career destiny and I encourage you to tap the power you have within you. You earned your degree with a tremendous amount of effort, time, and, more than likely, a big financial investment that may also translate into significant student loan debt. As you begin your career journey, I share this wisdom to help you find your way in the world-of-work.

Your First Job Won’t Be Your Last: Studies show that adults change careers (not just jobs) five to seven times throughout their working lives. So, test drive jobs and see if they are career worthy and don’t settle for roles that don’t play to your strengths. Your first job out of the gate is a single step on a lifelong career path and you have the right to change your mind as often as you like.

Networking 90/10 Rule: You know how important it is to build your professional community and connect with people to tap the hidden job market. Plan to spend 90 percent of your time being seen and heard so others can consider you for opportunities. Social media is a great way to network but only spend 10 percent of your time behind your computer so you maximize in-person connections that will distinguish you beyond the competition.

The Zig Zaggers: Since career changing is expected, understand the power and the liability of Zig Zagging when changing jobs often. You will be perceived as a flight risk if you don’t stay in a job long enough to earn your worth but you can also be a wealth of new ideas for an organization that needs your skills and experiences. Consider your movement wisely and understand the career world is small — never burn a bridge and maintain professional connections especially when you move away from a job.

Empower your Network: In addition to the graduation well wishers, your friends and family are probably asking how they can help. Accept their gracious offers and tell them what you do well so they know how to connect you with their circles of influence. If you have specific organizations you want to work for, ask your network to check their Rolodexes and LinkedIn connections to see if they can make a personal referral. Share your strengths story so your network has an easy to remember conversation to share with others that illustrates what makes you unique and employable.

Be a Skills Agent: It’s OK if you still don’t know exactly what you want to do career wise. This is the time for informational interviews and test driving. But, you must have a clear picture of your professional strengths and competencies so recruiters and employers can help you fit into a role in their organization. Don’t focus on job titles but rather focus on concrete skills examples that illustrate what you do well.

Minimize Email: You understand the power of networking and now you are on a mission to email as many people as you can to get the ball rolling in your job search. STOP! Busy professionals get hundreds of emails a day. Distinguish yourself by picking up the phone. Leave an articulate voicemail if necessary and use a script until it becomes second nature. The goal is to eventually meet in-person but a phone call is the best way to set yourself apart from the myriad of others in the job hunt.

Are You LinkedIn?: With 150 million members (that number grows daily) LinkedIn is the number one professional networking resource out there. Recruiters and headhunters troll this site regularly searching for new talent. Fill out your profile in total, use a professional photo, and seek out recommendations to endorse you for specific skills and accomplishments. Join Groups, participate in discussions, and use this tool often and to your best advantage. A dormant LinkedIn account will do you no good.

Be Your Own Best PR Agent: You should be packing your resume, personal business cards, and your professional portfolio with you everywhere you go. Seriously, you need to become your best self advocate and be ready to discuss how you bring value to an organization at all times. You are responsible to market yourself and in this ultra competitive market, there is no such thing as top of the class entitlement. I don’t care where you minted your degree or how high your GPA is — you must be able to showcase what you do well in an articulate conversation and demonstrate your emotional intelligence and your strengths.

Take a Risk: So perhaps your dream job does not materialize right off the bat but another opportunity does surface. Take a risk, try something new, and expand your comfort zone. You may just find something you love and an accidental career you would have never considered otherwise. The greatest risk is not taking one at all. You are also more employable when already employed.

Eye Contact is Imperative: This is the generation of technology but in all likelihood, you will be working with people from a variety of generations and these folks really value good old fashioned eye contact. It builds trust and rapport and if you are interested in a career where you will interact with humans in any capacity, eye contact is imperative. Observe the power of eye contact in a conversation and likewise how uncomfortable it is when someone won’t look you in the eye. Think about it — eye contact will never go out of fashion so use it well.

Be a Solution Provider: It’s easy to go into the job search focusing on what you want. While that is important you must also be a solution provider. In our current economy you may land contract or temporary work that leads to full-time permanent work so be industrious and lead with I Believe I Can Help You…and provide a solution to an issue or concern.

Own Your Self-Confidence! Walk tall and learn to speak with humble confidence about what you do well. If you approach a networking conversation or an interview with confidence it will enhance your marketability tenfold. You need not be perfect just out of the gate (or ever!) but believe in your abilities and others will as well.

Be Resilient: One of the most sought after competencies by employers is the ability to deal with adversity and change. It’s tough out there in the real world and it doesn’t get any easier once you land a job. Showcase your resilience and be ready to discuss how you have overcome challenges, including how you are dealing with a tough job market. Proving you are resilient may land you an opportunity.

The Class of 2012 is the succession plan for the future. You have the opportunity to identify your passion, carve out a niche for yourself, and thrive in a career knowing that you can always change direction. The challenge is yours as well as the responsibility. Create relationships with influencers and connectors and be ready to talk about what makes you unique. Someday soon you’ll be tapped to help future graduating classes find their way in the career world and this will be your chance to pay-it-forward.

Celebrate the successes you have earned — I am cheering you on all the way. Now the tougher journey has begun but I have confidence that you will succeed if you assume the responsibility and take the power you have and use it wisely.

Caroline Dowd-Higgins authored the book “This Is Not the Career I Ordered” and maintains the career reinvention blog of the same name ( She is also the Director of Career & Professional Development and Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She hosts the national CBS Radio Show Career Coach Caroline on Tuesdays at 5pm ET

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Do you want to build your career in business with a national industry leader? Consider the Leadership Development Program at Consolidated Graphics.  Consolidated Graphics (CGX) is North America’s leading general commercial printing company, with 70 printing facilities, 15 fulfillment and 5 technology centers strategically located across 27 states, Canada and Prague.

The Leadership Development Program at Consolidated Graphics is all about opportunity.  Associates work right alongside company presidents and managers to learn the printing industry from the bottom up. During their extensive training, associates gain a thorough understanding of the commercial printing industry and how to run a business. To accomplish this, associates will typically transition through the following rotation cycle:


Phase One:

•           Print Press

•           Pre-Press

•           Bindery and Fulfillment

•           Shipping

Phase Two:

•           Accounting

•           Estimating

•           Purchasing

•           Customer Service

Phase Three:

•           Leadership Training

•           Sales Development

•           Operations Development

Consolidated Graphics’ Leadership Development Program has a proven track record for successfully developing leaders within the printing industry.  Twenty-three of the 70 company presidents graduated from the Leadership Development Program – some promoted as young as 26.  It is very common for their graduates to also advance into leadership positions such as departmental VP’s, plant managers, company controller, technology professionals and top sales representatives.  If you are interested in applying to the Leadership Development Program, please click on the link provided or contact Tamara Baker at   ALL MAJORS WANTED!

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by: Kaiya Knox, English Writing, Sophomore

(**Sophomore student Kaiya Knox gives us her perspective on participating in her first networking event**)

There is something inherently uplifting about being told you were nominated for something. When I was told that I had been nominated to participate in DiNewOrleans, I was both flattered and confused. I didn’t know what DiNewOrleans was, had never even heard of it, so how could I have been nominated to participate? A few emails later, and I had a meeting arranged with Tamara Baker.

The friendly, charismatic Associate Director of the Career Development Center explained to me that DiNewOrleans is a professional networking event designed for juniors and seniors in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences. The aforementioned students, previously nominated at some point or another, get to informally meet with Loyola University alumni who are putting their liberal arts educations to good use. The event would be held at La Thai Restaurant, co-owned by a Loyola alumnus, and would be business casual. There would be roughly 30 guests in total.

Free food, casual networking, and a chance to look sharp? I was in!

Leading up to the event, I was a bit nervous. I was going in as the second sophomore to ever be invited (second following Katie Campbell, of course; the girl is getting her hands in new things every time I turn around). The opportunity was thrilling and a bit nerve-wracking because I knew I would be with 30 strangers for two hours. Plus, I had never been to something promoted as a networking opportunity.

All of my worries were for naught, I quickly found out. My fellow current students were both welcoming and fantastic conversationalists; the alumni graciously imparted wisdom and experiences unto us through drinks and appetizers, dinner, and dessert; and I found it easy to connect with almost everyone there in at least one small way… We were all interested in learning from each other. It was a true meeting of minds.

I think the event’s arrangement is the reason the night was so successful for all parties involved. Rather than speed-networking and hastily throwing our business cards at each other, along with a quick “Hi, I’m— Never mind, just read the card, nice to meet you, and call me maybe”, we socialized and got to know each other. We discussed interests and tunneled those conversations into futures and ideas. Rather than trying to get already-successful business persons to contact us based on the design of our business cards, we brainstormed with people who remembered what it was like to be students with too many career ideas and not enough insight on how to choose the best one.

Thanks to Jason Comboy and Harry Bruns, the two fantastic gentlemen (and Loyola alum!) I sat between during the dinner, I intend to look into the bed and breakfast business. Opening up a B&B has been in the back of my mind for years, but it was never really a goal. To be honest, it still isn’t. However, I now know that I can research hospitality. I can look into current bed and breakfasts around the world, see how they’re setup and how they work, figure out what I want mine to be like. I now know some of the steps that I can take to pursue an interest and possibly turn it into a goal.

The DiNewOrleans event at La Thai Restaurant was one of the most interesting and beneficial nights of my life, I think. I met some people who are truly happy with what they’re doing with their lives, which I find to be incredible, and I gathered worthwhile advice on how to find that happiness for myself.

Thank you to Katie Campbell for nominating me; to Tamara Baker for meeting with me and convincing me that networking is not all about business cards; to Harry Bruns for the excellent book suggestions, the cell-phone-as-the-One-Ring analogy, and general craziness only understood by fellow writers; to Jason Comboy for listening to my story; to Diana Chauvin for being a wonderful host; to the Career Development Center for putting this event together; to the alumni for joining us and dishing out some knowledge over dinner; and to the junior and senior students I met and hope to see again at the next DiNewOrleans event.

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