Monday, October 31, 2016

Careers 201 - For parents of second-year students

Careers 201 – For parents of second-year students

Generally, during the second year of college, a student begins to explore majors and career options more seriously.  At The College of St. Scholastica there are a broad range of subjects and activities offered to promote this exploration.

What you can do to help

·         Don’t insist upon a decision about a major or possible career choice immediately.  If you sense that your child’s indecision is a barrier to positive progress, urge that he or she look for assistance in Career Services.  Career Counselors have various resources and assessments to assist in career exploration.  Students often have difficulty making a “final” choice because they fear they may make a wrong choice and close off other options.
  •     Suggest that your son or daughter talk with faculty and Career Counselors about potential choices
  •      Encourage your son or daughter to take a interest assessment with through Career Services
  •     Encourage your son or daughter to view videos on about different jobs and career paths
  •      Direct your child to family, friends, or colleagues who are in fields in which he or she has an interest.  “Informational interviewing” with people can be extremely helpful at this stage.  Career Services website has information on informational interviews or Career Counselors can also be of help in setting one up.
  •     It is not too late to particpate in Sophomore COR Leadership training.  November topic, "Difficult Confrontation in Relationships (Nov. 6th 4-5:30 in BWC 249).  By attending the 5 monthly workshop series, they receive the COR Leadership Certificate for their resume.
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Adapted for The College of St. Scholastica with courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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