Dear Parents and Families:
Welcome to Career Services! We recognize the prominent role that you play in your students’ lives and we encourage you to support your students as they begin thinking about careers, professional development and life after Marymount. We invite you to learn more about MMC Career Services and our growing number of online resources.
We provide individual guidance and strategies to students as they clarify their professional interests and seek out career paths. Students are encouraged to participate in career programming, internships, jobs and community service experiences that will enhance their academic life and help to achieve a satisfying professional life. These experiences also help the student to engage with the larger world.
Listen to your student’s career concerns and ideas
You can provide support, feedback and information as new interests and goals develop. Talk about your own work, your industry and your employer. Discuss different business cultures and offer to have your student shadow you or a colleague for a day to experience different work places. Do not be afraid to share your own values, interests and goals, but take care to respect your student’s interests, especially if they differ from your own.
Help your student maintain a strong, positive self-image
Self-confidence is a critical personal attribute in the job search process –it’s tough to convince an employer that you are the best person for the job if you don’t believe it yourself! What skills, values, personality traits and enduring interests have you observed in your student? Let them know that you admire these specific qualities and recognize that they represent valuable assets for a future career.
Provide personal contacts for your student
Neighbors, friends and relatives are great resources for informational interviews. These face-to-face connections with employers can be vital as many job openings are never openly advertised.
While you may come up with ideas or informational interviews, leave the actual company research and interviewing up to your student. It is an important part of their career development.
If you are an employer, consider contacting MMC with job/internship openings or volunteer to take part in workshops or panels relevant to your professional field.
Encourage your student to obtain marketable skills
In addition to academic work, challenge your student to develop marketable skills in at least 2-3 of the following areas:
- Computer skills: (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and any other software that is applicable to the student’s career interests)
- Quantitative Skills: (statistics, accounting, economics)
- Communication skills: (written and oral)
- Marketing: (branding, publicity, fundraising, event planning)
- Scientific skills: (lab skills, scientific research)
- Foreign language skills
- Leadership skills (supervisory, extracurricular leadership roles, teamwork)
Take advantage of internships
Internships give your student a taste of the workplace and offer the opportunity to discover what career fields they enjoy as well as those they would not wish to pursue. Internships may be taken for academic credit, be paid or unpaid and vary in length. Many occur in the summer months.
Make the most of MMC Career Services
Make sure both you and your student are familiar with the wide range of options available through Career Services.
- MMC Career Connection job database
- Career inventories such as IStartStrong, Self-Directed Search
- Individualized career counseling/graduate and professional school advisement
- Career planning workshops/resumes/cover letters/interviewing skills
- Career and Internship fairs/Internship placement
Find time for career planning/job search activities/networking
With many demands on their time, students too often put off career planning until senior year or after graduation. Encourage your student to visit Career Services early and often.