Careers 301

For Parents of the "Mid-Career" Student

During the sophomore year and throughout the junior year, it is important for students to experiment with possible career options. They can do this in a variety of ways: internships, cooperative education programs, summer jobs, campus jobs, and responsible volunteer experiences both on campus and in the local community. This is a critical time for your support and understanding.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Encourage your child to use the resources available in Career Services. Experts there will assist your student in preparing a good resume and finding opportunities to test their career choices, including internships, cooperative education programs, and summer job listings.
  • Tell your student that you understand the importance of their gaining exposure to and experience in his or her field of career interest. Broadening experience through involvement outside the classroom is a valuable use of time.
  • Internships or summer experiences in some very competitive fields may be non-paying. Also, a good opportunity may be in a distant location. Discuss your financial expectations with your student before a commitment is made.
  • Don't conduct the internship or summer job search for your child. It's a great help to provide networking contacts or names of people who may be helpful, however, making the contact and speaking for your child deprives him or her of an important learning experience--and may make a poor impression on the future employer.

 

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

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