Careers 201

For Parents of Second Year College Students

Generally, during the second year of college, a student begins to explore majors and career options more seriously. Many colleges and universities require that new students take a broad range of subjects to promote this exploration.

What's your role in this step of development?

  • Don't insist upon a decision about a major or possible career choice immediately. If you sense that your student's indecision is a barrier to positive progress, urge that he or she look for assistance in Career Services. Students often have difficulty making a "final" choice because they fear they may close off options and make a wrong choice.
  • Suggest that your son or daughter talk with faculty and career advisers about potential choices.
  • Don't assume that if your child chooses to major in English, history, philosophy, or some other "impractical" major that he or she will never get a job. Liberal arts studies sharpen skills which are critical to the "package" employers are seeking: strong written and oral communication skills; problem-solving skills; the ability to synthesize information; and excellent research skills.
  • Suggest learning a foreign language and developing computer skills. Both of these skills can be helpful in today's market, no matter what career field he or she chooses!
  • Direct your child to family, friends, or colleagues who are in fields in which your student has an interest. "Informational interviewing" with people can be extremely helpful at this stage!
  • Steer your child toward a source of information. Career Services has a mentoring network of alumni in various career fields who are willing to share information with students about their careers. These resources are invaluable both in this exploratory stage and later as students are seeking internships and jobs!

Reprinted from an article by Sally Kearsley (Article from JobWeb.com)

UAB News

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is halfway to reaching the $1 billion goal of its current fundraising drive, the largest in the history of the school, and officials say the money raised will benefit the city and region, not just the campus.

  • The College of Arts and Sciences is encouraging its students, faculty, staff and the greater UAB community to participate in Nelson Mandela International Day on July 18.As part of its expanding work in the area of human rights, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences, home...

  • More than 74,000 donors have contributed $500 million so far in UAB's largest-ever philanthropic campaign.The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Campaign for UAB: Give Something, Change Everything is halfway to its ambitious goal of raising $1 billion. More than 74,000 donors have contributed, allowing the institution to surpass the $500 million mark...

UAB Career & Professional Development Twitter