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Encourage your child to visit Career Services

Encourage your child to visit Career Services (and you go too!)

Next time you visit campus, drop into the career services office and pick up a business card from one of the career counselors. When your son or daughter is feeling anxious about his/her future, offer the card and say, “Please call this person. He (or she) can help you.”

Many students use their first semester to “settle into” college life, and so perhaps the spring semester of the freshman year is the optimal time to start using career center services. And, it’s a good time for you to prompt that first visit.

Ask your student (in an off-handed way), “Have you visited the career center?” If you hear, “You only go there when you are a senior,” then it’s time to reassure them that career services is not just for seniors, and meeting with a career counselor can take place at any point (and should take place frequently) in their college career. The sooner a student becomes familiar with the staff, resources, and programs, the better prepared he or she will be to make wise career decisions.

Many centers offer a full range of career development and job-search help including:

• mock interviews,
• a network of alumni willing to talk about their jobs
and careers,
• a library of books on a wide range of careers,
• workshops on writing resumes and cover letters,
• a recruiting program, and
• individual advising.

Next: Advise your student to write a resume

A Parents’ Guide to Career Development
By Thomas J. Denham
Reprinted from JobWeb (www.jobweb.com) with permission of the
National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.