As responsible parents, you’re no doubt concerned about your kids making the most of their college experience and eventually finding employment at a reputable organization.
In order to seal your child’s future, it is imperative that you take advantage of the resources that are available at your university’s career services department. However, the truth is many parents are either unaware of these services or aren’t necessarily taking full advantage of them.
The career center at your child’s university is the gateway to forging a career path and personal grooming. Here’s how you can make the most of it.
Learn a Thing or Two about Getting Hired
Knowing which jobs are “hot” or in demand isn’t enough; students must learn the art of positioning themselves properly to get those jobs; for example, creating a detailed and enticing student resume, crafting a compelling cover letter and learning proper interviewing skills. Luckily, all of these skills are taught first-hand at university career centers.
Go to Career Fairs
The university’s career center can provide you with dates and places in advance, so you can take full advantage of the insights job fairs offer – prospective employers will be on campus to hunt likely matches for their organizations, for instance. You never know where you’re going to meet your future employer; this might be where all the groundwork is laid down.
Get to Know the Resources
It greatly pays to research exactly what career placement resources the university offers. For example, most campuses have a career services center and even individual schools within a university which have major-specific career centers in place.
At Everglades University for instance, the career placement service is available to both online and on-campus students, through a national web-based placement service, which assists students in finding their desired career paths.
Apply for On-campus Jobs
Getting hired on campus can be quite the task; even if you don’t get hired, there’s plenty you can learn from sending applications and cover letters, appearing for interviews etc. Again, the career placement service can get you in touch with the right on-campus employers.
The promise campus jobs can hold should not be underestimated; they go along with your class schedule nicely and add points to your resume.
Just Show Up
Your resume doesn’t have to be too fancy. It doesn’t matter if you’re still early in your college years, or that you even have a part-time job – attend your college’s career center events as they are crucial to understanding what to expect as a would-be full-time employee.
University career centers hold events each year like career fairs, mock interviews and etiquette dinners; ditch all the excuses and show up no matter what. Take your enthusiasm and positive energy with you as you might get to meet a prospective employer and learn valuable take-home tips,
Become an Honor Society Member
Want to stay current on career center happenings? A great way to stay in on the loop is to join sponsor clubs or career-development bodies within your university’s career services department.
Attend weekly meetings, get involved and stay engaged with your fellow university-goers. Work your way to apply for a leadership position with the respective body to boost your resume, experience and skills set.
It’s no coincidence that such groups have the most current and in-depth information on what the career center offers; for example, networking skills, approaches to job applications, interviewing skills, professional etiquette and grooming etc.