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Information for Families

How can he find a job with that major?

Will she get into an excellent graduate school?

Will I have to convert my home office back into a bedroom?

Traditionally about 95 percent of our students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation, but caring parents and families often have many questions about being prepared for life after college.

With four years of career-related support and programs, we help prepare students to manage successful careers.

How to Support Your Student:

First Year 

Encourage your first‐year student to: 

  • Investigate career possibilities by scheduling an individual appointment with a career adviser to develop an understanding of what we have to offer. 
  • Attend campus workshops and events each semester. 
  • Review the academic course catalog and the “What Can I Do With This Major?” page on the mySU Career Development webpage to narrow down major/minor combinations of interest. 
  • Participate in some of the many campus activities, join an organization, volunteer in the community and/or obtain a campus job. 
  • Develop a first draft of a professional resume using resources from the Career Development Center. 
  • Attend career development‐sponsored workshops, programs, and networking events promoting exploration on of all career interests and reinforcing that there are many options.

Sophomore Year 

Positively assist your sophomore student by:

  • Suggesting a visit to career development each semester. 
  • Recommending they initiate a conversation with faculty in their field of interest. 
  • Connecting them with family, friends and colleagues who can provide them with information on career fields of interest or guide them toward job shadowing or internship opportunities.  
  • Reminding them to meet with a career adviser to begin developing a career plan and for a resume review, and strongly support continued attendance at workshops, programs and networking events. 
  • Discussing the importance and benefits of completing experiential learning opportunities (internships, community service, GO programs), and advising them that these experiences will help them learn about potential careers, gain experience, build a network and become more competitive in the job market or graduate school search. 
  • Encouraging research on industries or employers that might be of interest and/or graduate programs for continued education.

Junior Year

Check on your junior's progress and:

  • Remind them to meet with a career adviser and continue attending workshops, job fairs and internship search programs. 
  • Encourage them to attend Break Through workshops, networking trips and employment and internship fairs throughout the year.
  • Have them work with a career adviser to obtain a list of alumni in fields of interest through SU Bridge and LinkedIn. Advise them of the importance of networking and building relationships early. 
  • Encourage them to narrow down possible career or graduate program choices and begin making decisions for their future.
  • If they have decided to attend graduate school, encourage proactive preparation such as enrolling in prep courses, buying test‐prep books and taking practice tests. 
  • Encourage them to research possible graduate or professional schools so that applications can be submitted before deadlines.
  • Reiterate the importance and value of expanding related experiences. Suggest finding opportunities for growth and experience through GO programs, volunteer and civic engagement opportunities such as SU SERVE, internships and student activities.

Senior Year

Make your senior's final year count by:

  • Reminding them to meet with a career adviser and have an updated resume reviewed. 
  • Encouraging attendance at Break Through workshops, networking trips, and employment and internship fairs throughout the year. 
  • Practicing interviewing skills by scheduling a mock interview with career development. 
  • Proposing they create a calendar with deadlines of jobs, graduate school and/or scholarships applications (and any other important information on that may be of assistance in making life planning easier). 
  • Suggesting attendance at job fairs to network and interview with professionals in the industries, location and companies of interest. Each semester, career development takes students to the largest job fair in central Pennsylvania. 
  • Expressing pride in whatever they choose to do and continuing to help them in reaching their goal, whatever it may be.


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