Ways to Help
WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP
- Most importantly, honor their independence.
- Recognize that they are learning a whole new set of skills.
- Support them rather than doing it for them. Aim for guidance, not pressure.
- Reinforce the importance of starting early, and the importance of beginning to build up experience.
- Help them find and establish contacts.
- Reassure them that it is OK not to know what all of their career/ educational goals are, but that it is important to begin taking action.
Encourage your son/daughter:
- To think ahead;
- To visit Career Services early in his/her college career;
- To do an internship--or two!
- Seek an interesting summer experience; this may be an internship an REU--Research Experience for Undergraduates, a study abroad experience
- Get to know professors;
- Become involved in campus activities and organizations, and
- Eventually take on leadership roles;
- To take the one-credit Career Exploration course as a freshman or sophomore student;
- To take the one-credit Job Search Boot Camp course as a junior or senior, which teaches students how to effectively navigate the job search.
Questions You can Ask Your...
- What campus activities, organizations, clubs are you interested in joining?
- What majors interest you? Why?
- Have you been to visit Career Services? What type of services do they provide?
- Which services do you think will be most useful to you?
- Have you used the information in their Career Exploration section?
- Have you explored the offerings on the Career Services websites under "Careers for Different Majors?"
- Which are your favorite classes? Why?
- Have you talked to your academic adviser or visited the Career Services to explore possible career areas?
- Have you investigated the one-credit Career Development and Life Planning course?
- Have you started working on a resume?
- Have you considered taking an internship? What steps have you taken so far?
- What summer jobs, internships, etc. are available for someone with your interests/major?
- What are your plans immediately after graduation?
- What are you thoughts about attending graduate school?
- Have you taken advantage of any of the programs/workshops offered by Career Services?
- Have you created a timeline and plan for the graduate school application process or for transitioning into the job market after you graduate?
- What are some of the events/workshops being hosted by Career Services this year?
- Are there any deadlines you should be aware of?
- Have you prepared all of your job search materials? [resume, cover letter, job search plan/timeline, etc.]
- When are you graduate school applications due?
- Are there any remaining details you need to attend to?
- You do not plan to move back home after you graduate, DO YOU?! [A little humor never hurts!]