Help your student achieve their goals
As a parent, you play an integral role in the career development of your student. This is an exciting yet difficult time in your student’s life. As they face big decisions, you can support your student by being a non-judgmental and active listener, keeping an open mind to their ideas, and assisting them in finding relevant information.
three ways to spark your student's career development:
Encourage them to take a career assessmentA career assessment (such as FOCUS 2) which will help students learn more about themselves—particularly their interests, skills, personality, and values.
Challenge them to become "occupationally literate"Suggest that your student research occupations in which they have an interest, conduct informational interviews, or complete a job shadowing experience to help them determine if the job is a good fit. Talking with faculty or upper level students in their areas of interest may also be helpful.
Emphasize the importance of internships and extracurricular activitiesInternships are a great way to try on or sample different career fields prior to graduation; relevant experience is critical in a competitive job market. It's also important for your student to become involved on campus, which is a great way to learn important interpersonal communication and leadership skills valued by employers.
Career Services is here to support your student’s career development—encourage them to visit us to learn about the resources available to them. Some of these resources are listed below.
Resources your student should take advantage of:
It is often difficult for students to think of what they can do today to prepare for a future career. The Student Roadmap is a list of steps students should being taking during each year of college to properly prepare for their career. Encourage your student to find where they are on the Student Roadmap and begin preparing today.
When your student registers in Handshake, they will have 24/7 access to online job postings including part time, internship, and full time opportunities.
A student's resume and cover letter is the written record of their accomplishments. For this reason it is important that it is polished and accurately communicates who they are. Resumania is an event organized by Career Services to give students the opportunity to perfect their resume and cover letter. If additional assistance or critiques are needed, the Career Services team is always open to setting up a personal meeting.
We also welcome hearing from parents about internship and/or full time positions at your workplace. Please feel free to email us this information and we will take steps to promote to students and alumni.