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Overview of Career Services
for Parents and Families

Career Services is as an essential link between college and your student’s career. We work with everyone from first-year to graduate students, guiding them through career exploration, internships and co-ops, graduate and professional school applications, and the job search.

As a parent, we hope you will become familiar with our programs and our approach to career development and encourage your student to take advantage of our services.

Advising

Career Services professionals see students on a one-on-one basis in pre-arranged appointments, and informally during Walk-In hours. Students do not need to know what career or job they want before their first visit; they don’t need resumes or extensive knowledge of how to interview or network. We can help students at any stage of their individual career process—self-assessment, career exploration, building hands-on experience, writing resumes and cover letter, interviewing, accepting job offers, and transitioning to work. Most importantly, we encourage students to begin working with us as early as possible in their college careers to develop a sound long-term plan.

Education

Career Services offers in-house workshops, but also reaches out to classes, clubs, residence halls, and events all over campus. We educate students about field experience (internships and co-ops), self-assessment, job searching, resume writing, and interviewing. Workshops and Events

Events

We are well known for our large career fairs, but we also host employer information sessions, alumni panels, on-campus interviewing, networking events, and smaller, more informal employer gatherings. Go to the Event Calendar to see our upcoming events.


Graduate and Professional School

Is your student considering graduate school or professional school as the next step? Are you concerned that a graduate degree is necessary in the field your student has chosen? Our section on Graduate School will help guide you through these questions.