Four-Year Career Plan for Parents of College Students
Employers want college graduates that have strong communication, teamwork, problem solving, and technical skills. They expect these candidates to have one or more (the more the better) practical experiences and a high degree of professional maturity. The following outlines key experiences, skills, and resources they will need to have in place for a successful post-college transition.
Ultimately, don’t let your daughter or son leave SUNY New Paltz without a quality resume and cover letter; well-honed interview, job search, and networking skills/strategies; and one or more professional experiences.
Encourage your son or daughter to meet with a career counselor/adviser during his or her first year to explore possible majors and careers.
Serve as a resource. Discuss possible majors/careers and what they could do with them. Refer them to family, friends and co-workers that are working in fields of interests.
Familiarize yourself with campus facilities and resources (e.g. library, health center, math lab, writing and tutoring center).
Encourage your daughter or son to apply to participate in the Career Resource Center’s First Year Internship Program, Saturdays of Service, and/or Alternate Spring Break
Become familiar with our Wednesday Workshop series and encourage your daughter or son to attend presentations that address her or his career related issues.
Encourage them to attend career-related events both on campus and off. The CRC provides transportation to several off campus events.
Advise them to get some hands-on experience through internships, fieldwork, volunteer opportunities, and/or study abroad.
Recommend setting up a profile on LinkedIn.
Continue to suggest contacts within your own network that are in your child’s field of study.
Encourage your child to ask a career advisor to identify more contacts (alumni, employers, etc.) and to develop networking strategies to connect with these individuals.
Continue to have your child update their resume and cover letter.
Strongly encourage them to attend career fairs both on campus and off.
Discuss life after college (graduate school, future jobs, financial expectations, field experience).
Help them research graduate school options.
Recommend that they take a practice GRE, MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT, or other required entrance exams.
Instruct them to practice their interviewing skills including a practice interview at the CRC.
Continue to urge them to secure professional experiences (internships, employment, community service)
Make sure they have a quality resume, cover letter, and portfolio (if appropriate) that demonstrates their professional skills and experiences.
Positively reinforce your child’s job search by focusing on their interests and strengths.
Share job postings or resources with your child, but be careful to not take over the job search process.
Encourage your child to perfect their interviewing skills with practice interviews.
Encourage networking with New Paltz alumni and other professionals in their field of interest before they graduate. This includes job shadowing and informational interviewing.
Have your child meet with an advisor to develop an effective job search and social media strategy.