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Pathway: Build Your Own

You can do virtually anything with a Lake Forest College degree.

Every pathway gives you the chance to build your own plan; this pathway is specifically designed to support you in identifying a career path if you are undecided and help you develop essential skills that can be an asset to any career.

Learn more about the Pathway Leadership Team members for this pathway - key advisors and supporters who inform how we prepare students for success and give them access to the best internships, jobs, and graduate/professional schools.

If you want to learn more about how your liberal arts education can set you up for success in the workplace, the Build Your Own Career Pathway is for you! Your career adviser can help you narrow your interests and highlight your skills to create a clear plan for exploring potential careers and preparing for your journey.

Interested in joining the Build Your Own Career Pathway? Sign up today!

Next Steps

Get actively involved with a student organization. Some organizations are more active than others - don’t underestimate your ability to be a positive influence.

Find a list of student organizations at Lake Forest here.

What can you do right now? 

Figure out what you know and what you don’t to help you develop your next steps. 

Make a skills inventory.

When a specific job or industry isn’t driving your career plan, then, it’s best to look inward first. Take the Skills Assessment on Focus2 to learn how you might connect your skills to a career.

Explore trends and norms in a variety of industries.

If you want to work in a variety of industries, then, you must develop a basic understanding for what drives their success. What’s their work culture? What skills will you use? How intense is the competition?

Use Lake Forest College’s subscription to Vault.com for articles and downloadable books. 

Vault is best known nationally for its influential rankings, ratings, and reviews on thousands of top employers and hundreds of internship programs.

Remember you are never alone in your journey.

As a Forester, you have access to a network of supporters who want you to succeed.

Your career advisor can help you with everything from considering major/career options to making action plans to get what you want. Make an appointment on Handshake or stop by Express Advising to start discussing your goals.

Every other Tuesday during the academic year, you will receive messages about specific jobs and internships as well as upcoming events in your Career Pathway Newsletters - check them out!