Parents of Graduating Seniors
In senior year, a job search or graduate school pursuit begins in earnest. It is also a time when students are heavily involved in more advanced courses, a practicum or internship, and often have more responsible roles in campus leadership activities. Balancing these important commitments and setting priorities can be a constant challenge for seniors.
There are a number of ways you can lend support during this time:
- If your student has not yet taken advantage of the services offered through the Career Center, strongly encourage him or her to do so. Assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, job search strategies, and online job search resources is available.
- Encourage your son or daughter to attend Graduation & Beyond, a day-long program for seniors designed to prepare them to confidently and successfully enter the world of work.
- Offer to assist by sending information you may have found about the career field of your student’s choice and/or job listings that may be of interest.
- Help your student obtain professional interviewing attire.
- Be prepared to support your student through the challenges of the job or graduate school search. It can be a bumpy road! Your student will need encouragement and reassurance that disappointments are inherent in the process of eventually securing employment or acceptance into graduate school.
Recommendations for students from the Career Center:
- Participate in a mock interview at the Career Center to practice interviewing skills and gain confidence.
- Schedule and take graduate school entrance exams.
- Speak with faculty members, administrators, internship supervisors, and past/present employers about serving as a reference for their job search, and then obtain letters of recommendation.
- Update resume and cover letter, and have them reviewed by the Career Center staff.
- Attend Graduation & Beyond.
- Visit the Career Center regularly for assistance with resume, cover letters, job search, and interviewing.
- Begin the job search early and attend Career Fairs.
Stay in touch with the Career Center:
- Visit the Web site at www.springfieldcollege.edu/career
- Call (413) 748-3222 or (413) 748-3110.
- Sign up for the Parent E-Newsletter by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Career Center is an important link in partnering with parents to effectively assist students as they manage their career planning process. Studies have shown that many parents recognize the significant influence they have in their student’s career decision making, yet are often reluctant to actively participate in the career exploration and planning process. Our aim is to work with parents during their student’s college years with the shared goal of providing students with guidance and resources throughout the career decisionmaking process.
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