Parents can be an integral role to students' career development and their decisions for the future. One of those roles can be in the form of a motivator. The following questions are some ways that you may be able to help your student begin thinking about their career development and visit the Tulane Career Center.
"Do you know about the Tulane Career Center and the services they offer?" or "Have you visited the Tulane Career Center?"
Encourage your student to visit the Career Center and begin using services and resources early in their undergraduate years. Many students only think the Career Center is useful for upperclassmen beginning their full-time job search. This is good opportunity to reassure your student that the Career Center is not just for seniors. The sooner a student becomes familiar with the staff, resources, and programs, the better prepared they will be to make wise decisions regarding their future.
"Have you met with a Career Advisor to discuss what you can do with your major?"
Encourage your students to take one of our self assessments to better understand themselves and better understand how their major connects to a career. Career Advisors are available to assist students in identifying their interests, skills, and strengths, and the career options that could be connected to those. As you talk to your student about selecting their major and career, her a some helpful questions to ask:
It is important to remember that your student's career does not have to be in their particular major. This is especially true for Liberal Arts students. The most important aspect to your student's major will be the strengths and transferable skills they learn and not the specific academic discipline.
"Have you thought about internships or gaining experience?"
As students begin to decide upon their major and possible careers, encourage them to gain experience in that particular area of interest. Internships are a great opportunity for students to gain valuable experience and develop skills. Internships also allow students to discover whether or not that particular field is a good fit. The Career Center recommends beginning the internship search process during the student's sophomore year.
"Do you have a resume?"
Often times, students may have a list of accomplishments from high school, but do not have a professional resume. As students begin their internship and job search process, it is imperative that they have a professional resume that highlights their skills, strengths, experience, and accomplishments. Career Advisors can help with all communication and self-marketing aspects of the internship/job search process from resume/cover letter development to networking/interviewing skills.
"Have you conducted a mock interview?"
Most students can benefit from a mock interview, but only a few students actually participate in mock interviews. Mock interviews are an excellent way for students to polish their communication skills and truly sell themselves. Encourage your student to meet with a Career Advisor to discuss commonly asked questions in an interview and how to properly present his/herself.
"Do you know about job opportunities in your field?"
Conducting a job search can be a very daunting task. With such an abundance of information on the internet students can easily become overwhelmed. If your students is feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the job search process, encourage them to speak with a Career Advisor. Our Career Advisors can help students streamline their job search, set goals and priorities, and provide resources to assist in finding job opportunities.
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