FAQ's for Parents
What services does the Career Center offer to assist students in the career development process?
There is a wide array of resources and services offered to assist all students in their career development. These resources include: FOCUS, a computerized career exploration program, information sessions scheduled throughout the academic year, experiential learning and internship opportunities, job fairs, an extensive career library, and individual career counseling appointments to help students explore their interests, learn about majors and careers, and prepare for internship experiences.
When should students begin to use the services of the Career Center?
We encourage students to use the Career Center starting in their first year. The sooner students begin the career development process, the better prepared they will be for internships and employment in the future.
What assistance is available to help students decide on a major?
Students are encouraged to invest time exploring fields that are of interest to them and to utilize resources in the Career Center which will help them learn about career opportunities with any major. We work individually with students to assess their personal strengths, work values, interests and skills. Assessment tools such as FOCUS and the MBTI provide important information which enhances personal growth and self-understanding. Job shadowing opportunities and discussions with faculty members are valuable ways to learn about majors or careers that a student may be considering.
How important is it for students to do an internship while in college?
We consistently hear from employers that they are looking to hire college graduates who already have career-related experience. Internships allow students to develop job related skills in their field, clarify their career goals, and learn about employer expectations while earning academic credit. Students gain confidence and improve their prospects for employment through the internship experience.
How can parents serve as effective “career coaches” for their students?
Parents can encourage students to explore and develop their interests through co-curricular involvement and leadership positions, community service, study abroad, and internship opportunities. They can also encourage students to take advantage of all that the Career Center has to offer – individual advisement, workshops, resources, job fairs, etc. Students often benefit from parents’ guidance in making summer employment decisions as they seek to gain relevant experience in their field of study.
Where can I find out about the programs and services of the Career Center?
The Career Center’s webpage contains information for prospective students, enrolled students, parents, and alumni. All of our services and programs are highlighted on the website. The calendar of information sessions and career-related events is posted on the website as well.
How does the Career Center help students find part-time jobs while they’re in school?
The College’s work study program is coordinated through the Career Center. Students with work study eligibility will find on-campus employment opportunities and applications through our office. Students looking for part-time jobs in the greater Springfield area will find listings in our office as well.
Do you have resources for locating internships?
Students looking for an internship can meet individually with a career counselor to discuss their career interests, learning objectives, and goals, which will be helpful in identifying appropriate internship sites. Each counselor works with employers to develop internship opportunities for students of all majors. Students receive help with resume development, application processes, and interviewing in preparation for securing an internship.
Does the Career Center assist students who are looking to go to graduate school?
Our staff works with students who are deciding if graduate school is the right next step in their career planning as well as with students who have made the decision to attend graduate school. We can assist students with their research, application process, personal statements, and interviews. Each fall we offer a 7-week GRE test preparation course to familiarize students with the test format and content. Information on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT is available in our office. Our career library contains directories of graduate schools and programs and there are helpful websites cited on our homepage.
What services are offered to help students find a job after graduating?
We offer a wide range of services and programs to assist students with their job search. Information sessions on topics such as Resume Writing, Cover Letters, Interviewing, and The Job Search are offered throughout the year. Events, including job fairs, mock interviews, career panels, Graduation & Beyond, and employer networking programs all offer students opportunities to enhance their job search skills. Our internet links and our Jobs etc. site which is updated daily providing students access to current job, internship and part time openings and employer contacts.