Parents of “Mid-Career” Third-Year Students
Throughout the junior year, most students begin to narrow their career choices. This is an important time for students to test possible career options through internships, part-time employment, and volunteer experiences. Your support and encouragement are critical during this time.
What you need to do:
- Talk with your student about attending job fairs, joining professional associations affiliated with his or her major, and attending regional or national conferences and seminars sponsored by these associations.
- Encourage your student to pursue an internship with the help of his or her academic advisor, as well as the Career Center staff.
- Be aware that internships or summer experiences in many fields may be non-paying and/or at a distant location. Discuss your expectations and the feasibility of such commitments with your student.
- Support your student in the internship or summer job search but don’t do the work for him/her. It is a great help to provide networking contacts or names of people who may be helpful. However, making the contact and speaking for your student deprives him or her of an important learning experience, and will likely make a poor impression on the potential employer.
- Discuss graduate school with your student. If pursuing a graduate degree is the next step, encourage your student to begin researching graduate programs now and to consider taking a GRE prep course. Attending graduate school fairs and utilizing resources in the Career Center will help your student through this process.
Advice for students from the Career Center:
- Update resume in preparation for applying for internships. Meet with an academic advisor and a counselor in the Career Center to identify potential internship sites.
- Attend the Internship Fair sponsored by the Career Center. Be prepared to speak with representatives from companies and organizations about the experience they hope to gain, as well as what skills they have to offer.
- Continue to develop leadership skills through athletic participation or co-curricular and community involvement.
- If considering graduate school, meet with a counselor in the Career Center to discuss the grad school search and application process.
- Design and print business cards at the Career Center for networking purposes.
- Attend job fairs. Gain experience interacting with employers and learn about employment opportunities.
Stay in touch with the Career Center:
- Visit the Web site at www.springfieldcollege.edu/career
- Call (413) 748-3222 or (413) 748-3110.
- Sign up for the Parent E-Newsletter by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Career Center is an important link in partnering with parents to effectively assist students as they manage their career planning process. Studies have shown that many parents recognize the significant influence they have in their student’s career decision making, yet are often reluctant to actively participate in the career exploration and planning process. Our aim is to work with parents during their student’s college years with the shared goal of providing students with guidance and resources throughout the career decisionmaking process.
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