Career Development is a lifelong process of self-exploration and continuous acquisition of knowledge about the ever-changing world of work. Most students today can anticipate undergoing several career changes throughout their professional lives, therefore it is essential they are empowered and equipped with the tools to make career decisions…not just “plug into” a career where they’ll stay for life.
The Career Development Office at Plymouth State sees a role for every person to enhance, empower, and equip students with career readiness skills. We see you as a partner in aiding your student in their career trajectory and career-readiness skill development, which they can utilize for life.
How You Can Help with Your Student’s Future Plans
- Remind your student of their abilities, skills, interests, and successes. As a parent, you can provide much-needed reassurance as well as valuable insights to your student. Set aside some relaxation time together and listen to your student’s thoughts and comments. Periodically get your student to talk about what they took away from their various experiences (skills, interests, lesson learned, etc.) both inside and outside of the classroom since reflection is an important part of student development.
- Encourage your student to develop strong study skills. Poor academic performance can limit future options. Encourage your student to talk with faculty and advisors for academic assistance as well as information on majors and careers. Professional relationships can inspire interest that isn’t necessarily sparked in the classroom.
- Encourage them to get involved on campus. They can join student organizations and get involved in a wider range of activities, including service learning, volunteering, independent projects, and leadership in organizations. This experience helps develop competencies that can be showcased to prospective employers.
- Remind your student that BALANCE is the key to success. Balancing academic priorities, athletics, student organization membership, volunteering, and self-care is one of the most challenging tasks facing new students.
- Be open to change. Encourage your student to try new ideas. Don’t panic if a new major or minor is mentioned. At least 65% of students change majors at least once before graduating. Listen to your student’s thoughts and feeling about classes, activities, friends, etc. You may pick up valuable clues to help in the decision-making process.
- Refer your student to friends and family employed in careers of interest. Job shadow opportunities and informational interviews are ideal for acquiring knowledge about a career field. Students can ask questions to a professional about their job, how they got into their field, skills and education required for that career path, and recommendations for success.
- Encourage your student to attend Career Development events, drop-in appointments, advising appointments, and employer information sessions. Direct your student to the Plymouth State Career Development website (go.plymouth.edu/career); they can have a resume or cover letter reviewed during drop-in hours, attend how-to workshops, and learn about various industries and opportunities at employer info sessions. Advisors are available for individual appointments, and students can book those through Handshake or email.