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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. The Smith Career Center Assists Students in:.

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parents as career planning partners tips to help your student

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

the smith career center assists students in
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
influences on student career choices source wall street journal march 2 2004
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
what you can do
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
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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.
encourage them to visit the career center
Encourage Them to Visit the Career Center
  • Career Advisors
  • Career Fairs
  • Workshops
  • Internships
  • Classes
  • Networking
  • Online Resources
advise them to write a resume
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
challenge them to become occupationally literate
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
allow them to make the decision
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
emphasize the importance of experience
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
skills development source recruiting trends 2003 04
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
persuade them to stay up to date with current events
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.
current economic conditions source recruiting trends 2003 04
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
expose them to the world of work
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
teach the value of networking
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
help the career center
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
bradley university fairs
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
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