Frequently Asked Questions From Parents
- How can my student get a job on campus?
- Why should my student use Career Services freshman year?
- Will you help my student get an internship?
- What should my student do with Facebook pages?
- How are career centers different than they were 15-20 years ago?
- What can my student do with a liberal arts degree?
- My student is a senior and does not know what he/she wants to do. How can you help?
- What if my student no longer likes his/her major?
- Can I come to the career fair or other Career Services' events?
- My student just started talking about graduate school. Do you help with this process?
- My son did not get into his graduate program. What now?
- Will my student have a job after graduation?
- How does your office help students looking for opportunities outside of the St. Louis area?
- How does your office address issues of diversity and social justice?
- What is career counseling?
1. How can my student get a job on campus?
Please direct your student to the following link: Finding A Campus Job
2. Why should my student use Career Services freshman year?
Most students start college unsure of their major and/or career path. Therefore, it is important for all freshmen to work with a career counselor who can help them learn more about how their interests, skills, personality, values and passions fit into a potential career.
3. Will you help my student get an internship?
Yes! Career Services works closely with faculty and employers to help students gain essential work experience while they are still working on their degree. Statistics shows that graduates who have had at least one internship find employment faster and at a higher salary. Another great reason for securing internships is it allows the students to try out and question a potential career path.
4. What should my student do with Facebook pages or other social media sites?
Using a Social Network is a great way to connect with friends. However, if you have never seen your student's Facebook or MySpace profile and pages, ask your student if their pages are appropriate for a potential employer to view. An increasing number of employers check social networking sites before the interviewing process.
5. How are career centers different than they were 15-20 years ago?
In past generations, many of us received no direction and consequently did no career planning. Some of us took employment based upon the pressures and demands of our culture. Today, career centers work with students from freshmen year on to help them find a satisfying career, to learn more about the different careers that fit, and finally, to assist them with the job search. Graduates today are looking for a satisfying career and Career Service professionals help to make this a reality. Additionally, we educate students on the job search process so they can replicate this in the future.
6. What can my student do with a liberal arts degree?
Liberal arts majors are sought after by many employers. These multi-potential degrees give students the transferable communication, interpersonal and creativity skills that employers are seeking in candidates. A career counselor can help your student determine which careers fit with the skills learned in the major and through experiential education and activities. Because liberal arts majors do not connect specifically to a future career, it is important that the student work with their career counselor early so they understand how to optimize networking to a career.
7. My student is a senior and does not know what he/she wants to do. How can you help?
Although we advocate working with career services beginning in freshman year, it is never too late to evaluate one's career path. Students can work one on one with a career counselor to determine their career path and then move into a job search strategy.
8. What if my student no longer likes his/her major?
A majority of students change majors at least once. Encourage your student to make an appointment with a career counselor as soon as they express doubts or if they express an interest in other areas.
9. Can I come to the career fair or other Career Services' events?
While we understand that parents have a genuine interest in their students' lives, it can undermine their career development process and the impression students make to potential employers. Lend moral support, but do it from home.
10. My student just started talking about graduate school. Do you help with this process?
Yes! There are lots of issues to be discussed prior to deciding on a graduate program, so it is important for the student to talk to a career counselor to set goals and discuss whether or not it is appropriate for their career path.
11. My son did not get into his graduate program. What now?
Your student might benefit from meeting with a career counselor to discuss other options.
12. Will my student have a job after graduation?
While we do not place students into jobs, we do have a database with over 5,000 employers and we work to help students develop a job search plan, and learn how to network, create winning application materials, and interview well. In addition, we have opportunities throughout the academic year for students to connect face-to-face with employers in a variety of ways.
13. How does your office help students looking for opportunities outside of the St. Louis area?
There are several services our department offers to assist with finding employment outside the St. Louis regional area. We currently subscribe to GoingGlobal which helps students with information on finding a job internationally, as well as highlights some of the large cities in the United States. SLU is a member institution of the Call to Serve initiative which informs and provides information to students on how to find internships and entry level positions in the federal government. Our on-line database, CareerLink, has a search tool that allows students to look for jobs nationwide.
14. How does your office address issues of diversity and social justice?
Through internships and experiential education, students can get connected to a wide range of opportunities. Career Services is pro-active in our ability to collaborate and provide experiences for students to gain experiential knowledge in diversity and social justice.
15. What is career counseling?
Career counseling is a process that allows students to explore, discover and connect to career or major options through collaborative one-on-one meetings with a Career Development Specialist. These meetings will help students clarify a career or major path, identify career goals and provide support and guidance through the career decision-making and/or job search process.