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We encourage you to explore the resources that are available to your student, and advise them to utilize these to help clarify their career goals, prepare for their field, and conduct an effective job search. To learn about the most relevant resources available from Career Development, please see the selected links below.

Explore Majors and Careers

Information on Internships

Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Job Search Resources

Interview Stream

Career Events and Programs

Meet with a Career Advisor


  1. Encourage your student to visit Career Development
    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 Development resources. Ask your student (in an off-handed way), "Have you visited the career 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 advisor can take place at any point—and should take place frequently—throughout a college career.

  2. Encourage extracurricular involvement
    Part of experiencing college life is to be involved and active outside the classroom. Interpersonal and leadership skills—qualities valued by future employers—are often developed in extracurricular activities.

  3. Challenge your student to become "occupationally literate"
    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 they meet with a career advisor, take assessments, and use Career Development resources that help them understand what their occupations of interest entail.

  4. Advise your student to write a resume
    Writing a resume can be a "reality test" and can help a student identify weak areas that require improvement. Suggest that your student utilize the Resume and Cover Letter Writing Guide.

  5. Emphasize the importance of internships
    The career center will not "place" your child in a job at graduation. Colleges grant degrees, but not job guarantees, so having relevant experience in this competitive job market is critical. Employers are interested in communication, problem-solving, and administrative skills, which can be developed through internships. They look for field experience on a student's resume, and frequently prefer to hire from within their own internship programs.

  6. Teach the value of networking
    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" someone in the workplace to increase awareness of interesting career fields.

  7. Help the Career Development office
    If your company hires interns, have the internships listed with Career Development. Share leads when possible and try to connect your employer's HR department to MVNU's Career Development staff.

Adapted from Thomas J. Denham. Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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