Do you have a senior who is graduating this year?
The senior year is when organizing and conducting a job search or graduate school search begins in earnest. It is also a time when students are heavily involved in more advanced courses and often have more responsible roles in campus and/or volunteer activities. Balancing these important pursuits and setting priorities is a constant challenge for seniors.
You are probably anxious for this young adult to make a decision – and yet, he or she may be moving toward closure more slowly than you would wish.
What you can do to help -
· Suggest that he or she use the services available through Career Services throughout their senior year. They can provide assistance in preparation for the job search. Services they offer include:
o Help with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and other job search skills
o Individual career advising
o Job-search resources
· Don’t nag your child about not having a job yet. This will often have the reverse effect. Use positive reinforcement.
· Don’t call potential employers to intervene for your child. Contact with potential employers is the candidate’s responsibility.
· Be prepared to support your child through the ups and downs of the job and graduate school search. It can be a bumpy road. Your student will need reassurance that for every door that closes, another opens.
*Adapted for The College of St. Scholastica courtesy of the national Association of Colleges and Employers.