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?
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.