Parents of Second-Year Students
Generally, during the second year of college, a student begins to explore majors and career options with greater urgency.
What is your role in this step of development?
- Don’t insist upon a decision about a major or career choice immediately. If you sense that your student’s indecision is a barrier to positive progress, urge him or her to seek assistance from the Career Center.
- Suggest that your student talk with his or her academic advisor and other faculty members about potential choices.
- Assist your student in identifying family, friends, or colleagues who work in fields in which your student has an interest. Job shadowing and informational interviewing with people can be extremely helpful at this stage.
- If your student is considering a liberal arts major, discuss with him or her the relevance of the transferrable skills being acquired and the value that they have for numerous potential careers.
- A study abroad semester can provide your student with valuable personal and professional experience.
Suggestions for students from the Career Center:
- Utilize Career Center resources to research careers, arrange job shadowing or informational interviewing opportunities, and explore employment trends in their field of interest.
- Develop academic, personal, and career-related goals for the remainder of their college years.
- Develop a resume for internships, or part-time or summer jobs.
- Join campus clubs and organizations and consider taking on a leadership role within the group. Participate in community service projects or organizations.
- Utilize summer and school breaks well. Expand their network and gain experience through volunteer work and part-time employment.
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 email@example.com
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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