Parents as Career Coaches

Many parents are eager and interested in learning more about what the Career Crossings Office at Saint Mary’s College has to offer their daughters.  Some want to know how they can assist their students with career development concerns. Others want to know where they can find current information on "hot" jobs and salaries. To address these and other issues, the CCO has created a list of frequently asked questions parents may have throughout their daughter’s academic career at SMC.

How can parents serve as effective "career coaches" for students?

  1. Encourage your students to explore and develop their interests through co-curricular activities, leadership positions, community service, study abroad, research opportunities, summer jobs, and internships.
  2. Motivate your daughters to take advantage of all career services - individual career counseling, workshops, job fairs, résumé services, resources, internships, Go BELLES online database of jobs and internships, campus interviews, and more!
  3. Introduce interesting career options that your daughter may not have considered.
  4. Volunteer to spend a day with an SMC student who is interested in learning more about your career.  For more information on how to get started with this, please contact the CCO.
  5. Promote SMC’s CCO with your company as a source of talent to fill internship, part time, and full time positions.

Can parents meet with the CCO staff to discuss their daughter’s career options?

We are pleased to provide career information to parents; however, it is important that students assume primary responsibility for their own career development. Please encourage your daughter to visit with our staff to discuss career concerns.

When can my student begin using the CCO services and resources?

Once a student is enrolled, she can visit our office for individual career counseling, participate in workshops, use the Career Resource Center, look for part-time jobs or internships, and much more! At any time students can utilize the various resources on our website. 

What help is available for my daughter if she can't decide on a major?

Students who are “undecided” or in the “still deciding” phase should contact the CCO to schedule an individual career counseling appointment.  During this appointment, your daughter and a CCO staff member will discuss career assessments and options as well as an individual “career action plan.”  Your daughter will be encouraged to participate in various career exploration activities including online research, job shadowing, and informational interviewing.  In addition, the CCO staff will assist her in exploring SMC major options and getting connected to academic advisors to discuss major-related issues such as course requirements, course descriptions, and career options associated with your daughter’s intended major.

Where can I find out about information about career events on campus?

Our web site and Go BELLES lists upcoming career events and programs hosted by our office and other partnering institutions and organizations.  In addition, parents can receive updates via e-mail through our CCO Connection Newsletter.

Do you have resources for locating internships?

The CCO web site links students to the Go BELLES online database of internships through Experience.com. Students can also access gateway sites for exploring national and international internships. In addition, the CCO has several comprehensive internship directories that describe exciting internship opportunities in every field.

What if my daughter wants to get academic credit for her internship?

Each department has its own crediting procedure for internships. Students who are interested in gaining credit for their internship should contact their academic advisor to get started. 

My daughter needs a part-time and/or summer job to defray college costs. How can the CCO help?

Employers from all over the U.S. list their part-time and summer jobs on the Go BELLES system through the CCO. During the fall and spring semesters, students can visit the Financial Aid Office to get information about part-time on-campus employment.  During the summer, students would need to contact the Human Resources Department to inquire about on-campus employment.  The CCO can assist your daughter in writing effective résumés and cover letters, job searching (both in the local area as well as nationally and internationally), and preparing for interviews. 

How can the CCO help my daughter explore post-graduate options?

The CCO will work with your daughter to discover her true passions whether it may be searching for a job, applying for graduate school, volunteering throughout the world, or wherever her heart may take her!  We are here to provide support and encouragement for your daughter to explore options and make well-informed decisions about her future.

What salaries are new graduates in various fields earning?

The quarterly salary survey developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is available to students in our Career Resource Center located in our office. Additional information on salaries may be found online at:  http://www.jobweb.com.

 

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