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Career Advising: College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

The Career Center has two career advisors serving all majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. Learn more about Ed Childs and Laura Droste, and reach out to them to discuss major and career options, finding work that matches your values, job search strategies, resume and portfolio development, and more. To schedule an appointment with Ed or Laura, call (773) 325-7431 or reserve a time online in Handshake. If you are just getting started, or are interested in a resume review, please visit a peer career advisor​. Weekly walk-in hours are available.

  • Ed Childs

    Ed Childs, echilds@depaul.edu

    "Know thyself! Making a career decision is actually a complex process and everyone has unique circumstances. Our role as career advisors is to help you overcome decision-making difficulties so you can find what gratifies you in life; being able to help you explore your interests, skills, values and personality as it relates to major and career decisions is a passion for me."

    Ed advises and counsels LAS students on college majors/minors and career paths, and teaches UIP 240: Career Pathways: Explore Your Options and UIP 241: Uncovering Your Skills through the University Internship Program.  

  • Laura Droste

    Laura Droste, ldroste@depaul.edu

    “As a career-changer, I understand the hard work it takes to discover and pursue a fulfilling career path. This is one of the many reasons why I am passionate about empowering students to begin now. It can be nerve-racking to start thinking about what to do after graduation and the steps to take to be successful, but we are here to support you in this journey. We can help you reflect and be strategic on carving out your own fulfilling career path.”

    Laura provides individual advising and dedicated workshops and presentations for self-assessment, career exploration, job/internship search strategies and applying to graduate school.

​​​​Tips & Resources

Explore Your Purpose: Explore your purpose starts with knowing yourself and recognizing your resources, skills and talents.

Define Your Skills: LAS graduates have key transferable skills, which can sometimes be difficult to articulate on a resume or in an interview. To narrow these, look at page 5 of our Resume Packet​ and note the skills where you can provide concrete examples from class, volunteer work and other experiences both on and off campus. Then, place asterisks next to the skills you enjoy most. These skills should be highlighted on your resume, used as job search terms and mentioned in interviews.

Research Potential DePaul Mentors: Explore and connect with DePaul University's Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) mentors. Consider asking mentors about personal and professional transitions and how they got started in their industry or role. 

Explore on LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a great resource to help you discover skills needed for various roles. Perusing the Alumni Pages, or See Alumni button on DePaul's LinkedIn page, can provide information about career path options and how other LAS graduates got to where they are today. This professional social platform can also help you connect skills with careers.

Discover additional LAS resources on Handshake​​.​​​​​​