A Parent's Guide to Career Development

 Students can take advantage of various workshops, mock interviews, career counseling and resume critiquing offered by the Career Development Center. A counselor is also on hand from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, during open hour, where no appointment is necessary. In addition to these services, students can also search for internships and full-time/part-time jobs through our eRecruiting database.


As a parent, there are 10 ways you can help your son or daughter with career planning:

  • Encourage your child to visit the career center (and you can go too!)
  • Advise your student to write a resume
  • Challenge your student to become "occupationally literate"
  • Allow your student to make the decision
  • Emphasize the importance of internships
  • Encourage extra-curricular involvement
  • Persuade your student to stay up-to-date with current events
  • Expose your student to the world of work
  • Teach the value of networking
  • Help the career center by calling when you have a summer, part-time or full-time job opening


Careers 101-Parents of First-Year College Students

  • Support your child's exploration of new areas of study and interests
  • Affirm what you know to be areas of skill and ability he or she has consistently demonstrated
  • Talk with your son or daughter about the courses and activities he or she is enjoying and how well your student is doing
  • Don't panic if your student is excited about majoring in something such as English, History or Art; there are more opportunities in these fields than one may think
  • Support your son or daughter's responsible involvement in campus activities but urge a balance with good achievement in the classroom
  • Urge your child to seek assistance in the career center at his/her college or university


Careers 201- Parents of Second-Year College Students

  • Don't insist upon a decision about a major or possible career choice immediately.
  • Suggest that your son or daughter talk with faculty and career advisers about potential choices.
  • Suggest learning a foreign language and developing computer skills
  • Direct your child to family, friends or colleagues who are in fields in which your student has an interest.
  • Steer your child toward a source of information


Careers 301-Parents of Third-year College Students

  • Encourage your child to use the resources available at the campus career center
  • Tell your student that you understand the importance of their gaining exposure to and experience in his or her field of career interest.
  • Internships or summer experiences in some very competitive fields may be non-paying. Discuss your financial expectations with your student before a commitment is made.
  • Don't conduct the internship or summer job search for your child. It's great to help provide contacts and networking names of people, but don't make the direct contact and speak for your child.


Careers 401- Parents of Graduating Seniors

  • Suggest that he or she use the campus career center throughout the senior year
  • Don't nag your child about not having a job yet!
  • Don't call potential employers
  • Be prepared to support your child through the ups and downs of the job and grad school research.
  • Suggest workshops and individual help with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and other job-search skills
  • Offer to assist by sending information you may have found about the career field of your student's choice and/or job listings that may be of interest


Qualities/Skills Employers Look For in New Hires

  • Communication skills (verbal/written)
  • Honesty/Integrity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Motivation/Initiative
  • Strong work ethic
  • Teamwork skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Computer skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Leadership skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Friendly/outgoing personality
  • Tactfulness
  • Well mannered/polite
  • Creativity
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker
  • Sense of humor


The Top 15 Ways Employers Look for New Hires

  • Organization's internship program
  • Organization's co-op program
  • On-campus recruiting
  • Career/job fairs
  • Faculty contacts
  • Employee referrals
  • Student organizations/clubs
  • Internet job postings (campus web site)
  • Internet job postings (company web site)
  • Job postings to career offices (printed)
  • Resumes from career offices
  • Recruitment advertising (print)
  • Internet job postings (commercial web site)
  • Internet resume data bases
  • Career/job fairs (online)

Career Development Center
Student Center 301, 300 Pompton Road Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone 973.720.3291 Fax 973.720.2074

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