Frequently Asked Questions
When should my son or daughter visit the Career Development Center?
- Encourage your student to visit as soon as he or she feels acclimated to school.
- The Career Development Center is a critical partner in the educational process for the entire four years.
What if my son / daughter does not have a clue about what he or she wants to do?
- Assure your child that he or she is not alone, and that there are people and resources available to them on their journey.
- Encourage him or her to visit the Career Development Center for self-assessments and discussion with a career advisor about how to clarify interests, skills and values from a personal, academic and professional perspective.
- The more the student knows about him- or herself, the easier the ultimate major and / or career decision.
What should my son or daughter major in?
- Suggest that your child explore a wide variety of classes in the first year and find an area of interest to pursue. Understand that a major does not necessarily dictate a career path.
- Allow and support the ever changing interests and the directions your student might go, acknowledging that this decision must ultimately be your child's. He or she will be the one studying, making the career connections, and following the selected path.
When is the best time to look for summer employment? (internships, camps, research, etc.)
- The timeline for summer listings varies according to the interest area. Finance, accounting and some consulting begin in the fall. Camps, teaching, publishing, marketing, etc. begin in the winter/ spring.
- Encourage your student to research their area of interest and visit the Career Development Center.
How can parents and family assist students with job search and career exploration?
- Encourage and support independent decision making.
- Help develop a broad network for career exploration with a variety of people.
What do employers look for in a candidate?
- Top Three Qualities: Communication (written and verbal), Strong Work Ethic, and Teamwork.
Is on-campus interviewing the only way for a senior to find a permanent position?
- Absolutely not. It is one of many ways that a student can find a "first career."
- 80% of jobs are attained through networking in the "Hidden Job Market."