The college experience is ripe grounds for building the experience and know-how that will prove so critical as a future employee. Beginning early certainly has its advantages, but each student should begin expanding his or her horizons at their own pace. As a parent, there are many things you can do to help your student seize the opportunities available for developing a solid record of accomplishments. Below are questions to ask, services and opportunities your student will have access to, and a list of on-campus resources. If you would like to familiarize yourself with additional services available, please visit our career development resources.
Questions to ask your student Have you selected a field of study? Are you happy with it?
Which additional majors or minors have you explored?
Tip: Most majors require a minor or an additional major. What types of leadership opportunities are available in your current schedule?
Tip: “Leadership” comes in many forms. Encourage your student to look into: Team captain, study group leader, tutor or peer mentor, shift leader at work, Resident Assistant, president/vice president of his or her club, etc. What are you enjoying as an older student? (If your student is no longer a freshman)
Are there groups on campus that interest you?
Tip: Encourage your student to join a club or activity in their interest area, even if it is not directly related to his or her major. Have you looked into part-time jobs, summer positions or internships in your field?
What kinds of volunteer opportunities are available in your area of study?
When you envision your dream job, what does it look like?
Are you enjoying yourself?
Questions to ask yourself Do I encourage my student to explore new ideas, experiences and occupations?
Is my student feeling pressured to choose a major or to choose a specific major? Where is that pressure coming from?
Do I speak candidly and honestly about the benefits and drawbacks of my own professional experience?
Am I willing to discuss my own career development history?
Would I recommend my student to friends, acquaintances and colleagues in his or her chosen field?
Tip: If this answer is ‘no,’ why not? If you feel your student is lacking a specific quality or skill, what can be done to turn that answer to a ‘yes’? Will I be willing to allow my student to use my personal and professional contacts to find employment after graduation?
Part-time and full-time positions, career fairs, job search, professionalism, internship opportunities and career development
or, Diana Goldammer, Director of Student Life