The Career and Professional Readiness Center (CPRC) would like to welcome you to our website and thank you for taking an interest in your students’ career development process. We help students explore majors and careers and teach them how to enhance their professional skills and engage in new opportunities. A Families’ Guide to Career Development outlines ways you can encourage your student to engage in positive career and professional development throughout the undergraduate experience. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions or suggestions you may have.
Here are 7 ways you can assist your student with career planning:
Many students use their first semester to “settle into” college life, and so the spring semester of the freshman year is the optimal time to start using career center services. Ask your student (in an off-handed way), “Have you visited the Career and Professional Readiness Center?” If you hear, “You only go there when you are a senior, “then it’s time to reassure him/her that meeting with a career counselor can take place at any point – and should take place frequently—throughout a college career.
We offer a full range of career development, including:
Writing a résumé can be a “reality test” and can help a student identify weak areas that require improvement. Suggest that your student meet with the CPRC even as freshmen to gain feedback and resources.
This distinct program at St. Bonaventure University provides participating sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to develop professional skills employers and graduate schools seek. Students participate in a diverse series of seminars on topics including: professionalism, self awareness, professional communication, networking, interviewing, and workplace dynamics.
Ask: “Do you have any ideas about what you might want to do when you graduate?”
If your student seems unsure, you can talk about personal qualities you see as talents and strengths. You can also recommend:
A career decision should be a process and not a one-time, last minute event.
Colleges grant degrees, but not job guarantees, so having relevant experience in this competitive job market is critical. Your student can sample career options by completing internships and experimenting with summer employment opportunities or volunteer work. Your student can search for internship opportunities using SBU’s own Bonalink.
Why an internship?
Part of experiencing college life is to be involved and active outside of the classroom. Interpersonal and leadership skills – qualities valued by future employers – are often developed in extracurricular activities. Checkout SBU activities and programs to learn more about ways your student can get involved.
Introduce your student to people who have the careers/jobs that are of interest. Suggest your son or daughter contact people in your personal and professional networks for information on summer jobs. Encourage your child to “shadow” and conduct informational interviews with someone in the workplace to increase awareness of interesting career fields.
Adapted from the National Association of Colleges and Employers
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