Careers 301 - For parents of "mid-career" students
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
Here's what you need to do:
- Encourage your
child to use the resources available at the campus career center.
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.
Most career centers are in direct contact with employers.
- 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
- 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.
Thanks to the National Association of Colleges and Employers for the content.