Parents

Welcome Parents!

 

 

Welcome to the Career Development Center webpage designed just for you, our Parents! U of l logo We invite you to share with the UofL Career Development Center in facilitating your students' career development journey by becoming informed of the career services and resources available. Check out all that we have to offer by browsing the list of our programs and services below. In addition, please encourage your student to utilize the Career Development Center in pursuit of their dream job.

THE PARENTS’ CHECKLIST FOR SUCCESS IN CAREER SERVICES

 

Student, Parent, and Career Development Center Roles

FRESHMAN YEAR: Self-Assessment

Students’ Role:

  • Visit the Career Development Center and take a career assessment to learn about career interests, abilities, and values
  • Register with Cards Career Link to access information about part-time jobs, volunteer opportunities, and internships
  • Learn about majors and occupations that may be of interest
  • Establish relationships with academic advisors and professors
  • Begin a “working copy” of a resume by brainstorming previous experiences
  • Get involved in at least one student organization

Parents’ Role:

  • Encourage your student to visit the Career Development Center to take a career assessment to learn about career interests, abilities, and values
  • Encourage your student to utilize Cards Career Link to find part-time jobs, work study positions, volunteer opportunities, and internships
  • Discuss the value in meeting with professors and academic advisors with your student
  • Talk with your student about getting involved in campus organizations and activities

Career Development Center’s Role:

  • Have students take career assessments and hold a follow-up appointment with each student to discuss career options based on the student’s career interests, abilities, and values.
  • Assist students in registering for Cards Career Link to find part-time jobs, internships, and volunteer experiences
  • Present workshops on choosing a major and career exploration
  • Provide resources and guidance for students begin a “working copy” of a resume
  • Available for individual appointments to address student questions and concerns

SOPHOMORE YEAR: Exploration of Interests

Students’ Role:

  • Learn about majors and occupations of interest through web resources
  • Consider obtaining a leadership position in a student organization
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals
  • Attend Career fairs
  • Check Cards Career Link for internship possibilities
  • Talk with an academic advisor or faculty member about your ideas
  • Consider studying abroad
  • Attend a resume workshop and write a draft of your summer work experience for your resume

Parents’ Role:

  • If your student is undecided, encourage your student to see a counselor in the Career Development Center
  • Listen to your student talk about different career options she/he may be considering
  • Help your student come up with a list of friends and relatives that may work in a field of interest to contact for informational interviews
  • Encourage your student to obtain career-related experience via internships

Career Development Center’s Role:

  • Host Career fairs
  • Encourage students to register with Cards Career Link to search for internships
  • Provide web resources to assist students with internship searches
  • Hold resume writing and interviewing workshops
  • Available for individual appointments to address student questions and concerns

JUNIOR YEAR: Evaluation and Decision Making


Students’ Role:

  • Obtain internship experience in chosen field
  • Continue to take leadership positions in campus organizations
  • Attend Career Development Center workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and job searching
  • Talk to a career coach about alternative career choices
  • Attend campus career fairs
  • Network with professionals in fields of interest
  • Conduct a mock interview with a career coach, or online through InterviewStream™
  • If considering graduate school, talk to faculty about graduate school options and do some preliminary research on various programs

Parents’ Role:

  • Encourage your student to take classes and get involved in student organizations that will enhance academics and make them more marketable
  • Discuss career options with your student
  • Remind your student about the career fairs
  • Provide contacts to help your student network
  • Encourage your student to obtain an experience that relates to their career goals
  • Career Development Center’s Role:
  • Hold workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, and how to prepare for Career fairs
  • Show students how to navigate Cards Career Link while internship searching
  • Recruit quality employers to attend the career fairs
  • Hold mock interviews and encourage use of InterviewStream™ for students to practice interviewing skills and provide effective feedback for student improvement

SENIOR YEAR: Planning, Preparation, and Implementation for Career Success

Students’ Role:

  • Speak to a career coach to ensure resume and cover letter are polished
  • Attend all Career Development Center job search presentations and career fairs
  • Discuss career opportunities and plans with faculty, advisors, counselors and professionals in the field
  • Select faculty, administrators and current/former employers to act as references; discuss interests, skills, personal strengths as related to the positions being sought
  • Register on Cards Career Link for on-campus interviews and resume books
  • Participate in on-campus information sessions and recruiting
  • Research graduate/professional school information
  • If applicable, take a graduate school or professional school admissions test and apply to graduate school
  • Stay organized; keep a log of your contacts, interview and follow-up activities
  • Network, network, network!

Parents’ Role:

  • Ask your student how you can help
  • Listen to the concerns and fears your student may express
  • Offer to talk with your student about career goals and how her/his interests and skills relate to those goals
  • Offer professional contacts for your student to network with
  • Encourage your student to attend career fairs
  • Encourage your student to come to the Career Development Center for resume and cover letter critiques, job and graduate school application queries, and interviewing skills
  • Be patient, listen and encourage your student without becoming frustrated

Career Development Center Role:

  • Assist students in finding company and organizational information
  • Host and recruit quality employers to attend the career fairs
  • Hold workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, and how to prepare for career fairs
  • Show students how to navigate Cards Career Link while job searching
  • Recruit quality employers to attend the career fairs for
  • Hold mock interviews and encourage use of InterviewStream™ for students to practice interviewing skills and provide effective feedback for student improvement