As a family member of a St. Bonaventure University student, you play an important role in helping your student make effective decisions related to his or her major and future career.
The information and resources below, adapted from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, will help you guide your students on their career journeys.
Whether your student is unsure what academic or career path to pursue or already has specific ideas in mind, encourage them to learn more about their option(s). This can include taking classes of interest, engaging with faculty members, conducting occupational research, talking to professionals about their career paths, and job shadowing . Through this exploration, your student may discover areas of interest and opportunities previously unknown.
Encourage your student to visit the CPRC
Career counselors in the Career and Professional Readiness Center assist students throughout the career development process; from making the connection between coursework and possible careers, to enhancing professional presentation through resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills, to exploring appropriate internship, job and graduate school options.
Encourage your student to make an appointment with the CPRC. Reassure him/her that meeting with a career counselor can take place at any point — and should take place frequently — throughout their college experience. We look forward to meeting with students wherever they are on their career development journey.
Advise your student to write a resume
Writing a resume should not wait until graduation, or your student’s next job application. Building a resume and having it reviewed at the Career Center can help students identify where their qualifications are lacking, and what type of additional experience and skills they need to accrue before graduating.
Recommend participation in the EDGE Certificate Program
This distinct program at St. Bonaventure University provides participating sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to develop professional skills employers and graduate schools seek. Students participate in a diverse series of seminars on topics including: professionalism, self awareness, professional communication, networking, interviewing, and workplace dynamics.
Emphasize the importance of internships
Colleges grant degrees, but not job guarantees. Having relevant real-world experience in this competitive job market is critical. Your student can sample career options and develop professional skills by completing internships, as well as summer employment opportunities or volunteer work. Students can search for internships on the CPRC's job and internship platform, Handshake.
Why an internship?
- Employers are interested in critical thinking/problem solving, communication, teamwork, and administrative skills, which can be developed through internships.
- Employers look for experience on a student’s resume and often hire from within their own internship programs.
- A strong letter of recommendation from an internship supervisor may tip the scale of an important interview in their favor.
- Having a high GPA simply isn’t enough.
Encourage extracurricular involvement
Part of experiencing college life is to be involved and active outside of the classroom. Interpersonal and leadership skills — qualities valued by future employers — are often developed in extracurricular activities. Check out SBU clubs & organizations
to learn more about ways your student can get involved.
Teach the value of networking
Introduce your student to people who have the careers/jobs that are of interest. Suggest your son or daughter contact people in your personal and professional networks for information on summer jobs. Encourage your child to “shadow” and conduct informational interviews with someone in the workplace to increase awareness of interesting career fields.