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    Here are some ways you can help:

    Encourage Your Student to Visit the Career Center

    Saint Vincent College offers various services and resources:
    • Career Exploration
    • Interest and Personality Assessments
    • Career Planning Assistance
    • Resume, Employment Letter, and Job and Internship Search Assistance
    • Internship Programs and Shadowing Opportunities
    • Mock Interview Program
    • Workshops on Career-Related Topics
    • On- and Off-Campus Job Fairs and Related Networking Events
    • Career Resource Center
    • Full-Time, Internship, Part-Time, Volunteer, and Seasonal Jobs Posted to: College Central
    http://www.collegecentral.com/stvincent
     

    Encourage Career Exploration

    Saint Vincent College Career Center professionals administer and interpret assessment tools to help your student identify his/her values, interests and skills. The Strong Interest Inventory allows students to explore major and career options by assessing interests and helps your student understand how his/her interests fit with specific major and career choice. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a tool used to identify a student’s personality type. Through type a student can learn how best his/ her personality fits with specific majors, careers and future employing organizations.
     

    Encourage Your Student to Research the Career/Field of Interest

     Research is the best way for a student to learn about a specific company, career or major area of study. Students can gather information from faculty, alumni, and current students already majoring in the intended major. In addition to shadowing an employer or ‘network,' your student should take time to read literature and organize an informational interview with someone in his/her network. Students can research more information using ONET Career Exploration Site http://online.onetcenter.org/.
     

    Encourage Internships, Volunteer, and Shadowing

    Internships, volunteer positions, and shadowing are valuable to your student’s overall college career. At Saint Vincent College students can receive credit for an internship, while gaining marketable skills for a future career in his/her field of interest. Internships can also be used to help students explore various career fields. Through an internship a student may recognize his/her passion for a certain field or even learn that the intended area of interest may not be a good fit. Either way, practical experience will bring your student one step closer to meeting his/her career goals and landing that perfect job after graduation. Important Internship Information:

    1. Anyone can gain internship experience 
    2. All students can obtain credit if approved by his/her faculty advisors 
    3. It is not required for all students to take an internship for credit, a student may complete an internship for 0 credit 
    4. Most often practical experiences take place during the summer break, but can take place during the fall or spring 
    5. Many organizations hire students for practical experience 
    6. Many students get paid to do internships 
    7. Employers are interested in communication, decision-making, problem-solving skills, and analytical skills, which are gained through internships 
    8. Employers can hire interns for full-time employment following graduation  
    9. Volunteering and shadowing professionals in your student's field of interest is also great on a resume and will serve your student in the future

    Encourage Campus Involvement

    Campus involvement can enrich your student’s college experience in a variety of ways. Campus activities are a perfect way for your student to meet new people, get involved, and have fun in a healthy and safe environment. Saint Vincent College has more than 60 campus organizations/clubs and athletics. Becoming involved on campus will also allow your student to develop leadership, organizational, administrative, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills.
     

    Encourage Networking

    Introduce your student to people who have the careers/jobs that are of interest to him/her. Suggest your son or daughter contact those individuals in your personal or professional networks as well as his/her own network of contacts. These networks can provide your student with information about the company or available part-time/internship positions. Encourage your student to "shadow" someone in the workplace to increase awareness in his/her intended career field.
     

    Help Your Student Identify Values

     Values are a set of standards that determine choices, actions and attitudes. Understanding values will help students focus on career objectives that are important to them. Values are not right or wrong, but without them students will have a more difficult time reaching his/her goals. It is important to encourage your student to only choose values that define him / her and not someone else. Values will allow students to gain a better understanding of what academic major is most suitable. Also it will give your student the opportunity to begin exploring internships and careers that connect with the types of people and working environments that are most consistent with his/her values.
     

    Help Your Student Identify Skills

     It is important for parents or guardians to encourage and support the student by discussing your student’s strengths and skills together. Often times, students are not even aware of some of the strengths and skills they possess. Allowing your student to focus on his/her strengths and skills will encourage confidence and maturity and, most importantly, self-awareness. Each of these qualities will offer students the necessary skills to assure a smooth transition to college. These qualities also assist students in the internship and job search. Every employer requires a specific set of skills from each individual job-seeker. The good news is that most job-seekers possess these skills to some extent. The better news is that job-seekers with weaknesses in these areas can improve their skills through training, professional development, or mentoring from someone who understands these skills. The best news is that once your student understands the skills and characteristics that are necessary for the ‘real world,' he/she can tailor the major and career-decision-making process to showcase how well the strengths and skills align with each employer’s expectations and requirements.
     

    Help Your Student Identify Interests

     It is especially important for students to know his/her interest in order to make appropriate academic and career-related decisions. No matter what an individual pursues he/she will want to incorporate passions and interests into some aspect of everyday life. Whether your student gets to use his/her interest in a career or as a hobby, it will be important to the overall quality and satisfaction of his/her life and the lives of family and friends.
     

    Allow Your Student to Make the Decisions

    As a parent or guardian, you will want to be involved in your student’s major and career decision. Listen carefully. Be patient. Be understanding. Be respectful. There might be times when you do not agree with your student’s decision. It is okay to provide suggestions about majors and career fields, but let your student be the ultimate judge of what is best. Remember that making this decision can be very stressful for your student. He/she will be doing the work, and a student can be successful in any major or career.