Junior Year

Questions they might ask:

  • How do I identify specific job possibilities to go with my major?
  • When should I start thinking about my job search?
  • Is graduate/professional school for me?

Consider this:
Graduation may not be as far off as they think.  The junior year is not too early to identify and gather information about companies and/or graduate/professionals school. Students need to know the steps necessary for gaining meaningful employment or for gaining admission to graduate/professional school.

Recommendations for Family Members:

  • Support them in joining student and professional organizations related to their majors or careers.
  • Help them polish their resume and stress that they have it critiqued by a career professional.
  • Emphasize the importance of internships, job shadowing, volunteering, informational interviewing, and part-time and summer employment experiences.
  • Discuss the value of networking with people in careers of interest.
  • Support their exploration of interests, majors and career paths, even if it is not what you imagined.
  • Encourage your student to connect with faculty (make an office visit, ask questions), utilize available campus resources, and become involved in extracurricular activities.