Parents & Families
Encourage your student to explore his/her major and career decisions. The Career and Professional Development Center offers several resources to help students with the process of exploring career options:
- Career coaches are available to meet with students individually to explore interests, skills, and values and to discuss career options. The CPDC also offers an interest inventory to help students clarify their interests and how they relate to career choice.
- Building your Future - A Career Planning Guide for students is a four-year planning guide with specific ideas for exploring careers, developing skills, gaining relevant experience, searching for jobs, and applying to graduate school.
- Career Resource Guides are available for every major and provide information on career options, related professional associations, periodicals, job and career websites, national salary data, and employers who have hired students for internships and full-time positions.
- The Career Library, located within the CPDC, contains resources regarding specific careers, internship and job search strategies, and the graduate school application process.
Promote the benefits of gaining experience through part-time jobs, student employment on or off campus, summer jobs, internships, co-ops, and volunteer work. These experiences help students to make more informed career decisions and gain a competitive edge in their job search. Please note that, in some majors, internships are required as part of the academic curriculum.
Remind your student that employers seek well-rounded individuals. Although a strong GPA is important, employers also look for students who have developed interpersonal, communication, team-building and leadership skills through class projects, work experiences, volunteering, and extracurricular activities.
Encourage your student to attend programs and events sponsored by the CPDC. The CPDC presents workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategies. The center also sponsors and promotes several job fairs and networking events.
Finally, accept your student's decision about his/her career choice, even if you don't agree with it. By providing support and encouraging the exploration of strengths and passions, you will enable him/her to make the best career decision.