Getting On The Right Career Path

“What are you going to do after you graduate?”

That’s the question that every student hears at one time or another. But some students in their final semester of their undergraduate studies wonder what the next step is after graduation.

That’s where Career Services at Sam Houston State University can help.

Career Services began in 1915 as the “Teachers Positions Committee.” It went through several names before it received its current name in 1996.

Their mission is to provide students with advice that will prepare them for the transition from student to professional.

There is a variety of services the center provides. One example includes counseling to help freshman decide their major. Sophomores receive assistance in finding part-time jobs that’s available on campus. Juniors receive assistance in writing resumes, mock interviews and finding internships that would give them relevant work experience. Seniors have the opportunity to put their resumes out on Jobs for Kats where companies can view a potential job candidate and attend Career Services-sponsored events like the Junior/Senior Etiquette Dinner. Services are available for alumni after they graduate.

“Students come to us with their unique concerns,” Pam Laughlin, director of Career Services said. “For the student that have an interview with a prospective employer, they can do a mock interview with us. For the students that need to improve their resumes, they can go to a counselor to get their resume critique.”

Career Services is one of the best resource that are available on campus. They’re dedicated professionals that will go out of their way to make sure that students are well prepared for their future careers.

For more information on Career Services, visit their website at:

You can get the timeline at the SHSU Archives on the fourth floor in the Newton Grisham Library and the contact person is Barbara Mason. Her e-mail address is:

About Cheval John

Cheval John is the Founder and CEO of Vallano Media, LLC, a marketing agency which helps small to mid-sized businesses use social media correctly to build a loyal following and in the process become more profitable. Cheval is also the host of "What's The Word?" a podcast about finding out what inspires people to choose their respective careers and how social media impacted their lives and business. He is the author of two books including the Amazon Best-Seller, "8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn." He has spoken at Social Media Week Lima in Ohio and at Social Media Day Houston 2017 about topics around live streaming and podcasting. Cheval has been featured in media outlets like Ebony Magazine and was named a Houston Top 25 Social Media Power Influencer in 2016 and 2017.

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