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A Parent's Guide to the Next 4 Years

How You Can Support and Encourage Your Student

 

Freshmen - Explore Your Options

Take the Focus 2 Career Assessment
The Career Center’s Focus 2 is an assessment that provides an extensive analysis and evaluation of an indiviaul with immediate feedback concerning personality, skill sets, and potential career options. A career counselor will discuss results with the student and offer guidance for determining a major.

Discover interests and explore all options
Freshmen are encouraged to enroll in introductory-level classes for the majors that interest them and determine whether the coursework adequately reflects their skill set and interest.

How can you support your freshman?

  1. Reinforce your student’s exploration of new areas of study and interests.
  2. Encourage them to take introductory classes early on for the major they are considering.
  3. Urge your student to use Career Center resources, such as Career Direct and career counseling.

Sophomores & JuniorsIncrease Your Marketability

Students should be narrowing down their possible career options
The Career Center offers online resouces, on-campus workshops and individual assistance to all students to determine which career is right for them.

Focus on gaining experience and a marketable skill set
The Career Center offers student workshops for critiquing and developing resumes and cover letters and teaches students to identify the skills and activities that will strengthen their opportunities for employment and graduate school.

Begin job research for internships and job shadowing
The Career Center offers up-to-date job market statistics and helps students identify the skills that potential employers are seeking.

How can you motive your sophomore or junior?

  1. Encourage your student to utilize the resources provided by the Career Center, including Alumni Mentoring, LUnetWORK, and internship programs.
  2. Suggest that they speak to a career counselor concerning their choice of a major or career.
  3. Advise students to participate in outside experiences, such as an internship, volunteer work or a summer job.
  4. Suggest possible networking contacts who may be able to offer advice and guidance about the student’s major and career goals.

SeniorsThe Job Search

Organize and conduct the job and graduate school search
The Career Center offers various programs and services, including job and internship fairs. Seniors may submit resumes to be uploaded and posted on the Career Center job search database, LUnetWORK, available to recruiters and potential employers.

How can you encourage your senior?

  1. Encourage your student to utilize the Career Center’s resources, including LUnetWORK, job fairs, mock interview and resume critiques.
  2. Suggest possible networking contacts.
  3. Reassure your soon-to-be graduate that planning, determination and persistence will pay off.