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Parents as Career Planning Partners: Tips to Help Your Student

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  1. Parents as Career Planning Partners: Tips to Help Your Student Presented by: Rick Smith, Associate Director Smith Career Center Chuck Scott, Corporate Vice President McDonald’s Corporation Parent of a BU Alum and a current student

  2. The Smith Career Center Assists Students in: • Exploring and defining career options • Developing job search strategies • Obtaining career-related work experience • Identifying and connecting with prospective employers

  3. Influences on Student Career ChoicesSource: Wall Street Journal (March 2, 2004) • Parents and other authority figures • “Purposeful career planning” • Job competition in the current market • Pressure to position one’s self • Anxiety • Witness to current economy • Repaying college loans • Landing the “right” internship

  4. What You Can Do . . . • Listen, encourage, and support • Be open to ideas • Help your student find information • Help develop contacts and networking connections • Be nonjudgmental

  5. Encourage your student to interact with the career center early in their college career • Become a “partner” in the process • Discuss his/her career choice • Separate your goals from theirs • Provide constructive advice • Learn about the process, job trends, etc.

  6. Ways You Can Help Your Student

  7. Encourage Them to Visit the Career Center • Career Advisors • Career Fairs • Workshops • Internships • Classes • Networking • Online Resources

  8. Advise Them to Write a Resume • Use to document education, experience, skills, etc. • Identify “weak” areas that require improvement • Resources: • Resume writing workshops • Career Library • Overnight Review Service • Resume Critique Day • Career Advisor

  9. Challenge Them to Become “Occupationally Literate” • “What/Who do you want to be when you graduate?” • Skills, abilities, education needed • Self-assessment • Resources: • Career Seminars • Career Library • Informational interviews • Job Shadowing

  10. Allow Them to Make the Decision • Let them follow their interests and passions • “Major” no longer means “career” • Changing direction occurs as interest solidify • It’s OK to make suggestions • Be patient, encouraging, understanding

  11. Emphasize the Importance of Experience • Cooperative Education • Internships • Part-time and summer jobs • Community service • Practicum, projects, student teaching • On and Off campus involvement/leadership

  12. Skills DevelopmentSource: Recruiting Trends 2003-04 • Communication: oral, written, presentation • Personal attributes: work ethic, flexibility, initiative, motivation • Teamwork: working with others, collaborating • Interpersonal • Learning: willing to learn continuously new skills, analytical skills for the job • Technical: aptitude required in position

  13. Persuade Them to Stay Up-To-Date with Current Events • Encourage them to know what’s going on around them • National and world events • Business trends and issues • Resources: • Library • Web sites • Magazines, newspapers, etc.

  14. Current Economic ConditionsSource: Recruiting Trends 2003-04 • Structural alignment • From the “old” (manufacturing) to the “new” (knowledge) economy • Productivity and Labor Reassignment • Goods produced at a lower cost with less labor • Off-shoring of white-collar jobs • Health care costs • Structural collapse of the public sector • States responsible for social programs

  15. Expose Them to the World of Work • Take your son or daughter to your workplace • Explain what you do for a living • Introduce them to your colleagues (network) • Help them identify potential employers

  16. Teach the Value of Networking • Introduce them to people you know • Job Shadowing • Work experiences • Resources: • eCareer Network of Bradley Parents • Alumni Online Community • Job Fairs

  17. Help the Career Center • Let us know when you have summer, part-time, internship, and full-time jobs • Participate in the eCareer Network of Bradley Parents • Speak in classes, workshops, etc. • Invite us to your site for a visit • Encourage your employer to participate in a job fair and hire interns

  18. Bradley University Fairs • Fall Job Fair – September 23, 2004 • Graduate & Professional School Fair – October 5, 2004 • Majors & Minors Fair – October 14 , 2004 • Nursing & Physical Therapy Fair – November 11, 2004 • Spring Job Fair – February 2, 2005 • Education Recruitment Fair – March 23, 2005 • Social Service & Government Career Fair – March 24, 2005

  19. Questions, Answers, etc.