Info for Parents & Families
If you are viewing this webpage, you share our interest in your student’s career development! The entire Career Development Center staff is available to provide comprehensive career education and job search services for students in all majors and all class years who are pursuing all career paths.
We support your student in the lifelong process of personal discovery and discernment, as they explore their unique personality, skills and interests, working with them to define and achieve career goals. You can help us by encouraging your child to schedule an individual appointment with a professional from our center.
- Individual career counseling appointments (in-person, phone and video)
- Lifelong career planning assistance for students and alumni
- Drop-ins for resume and cover letter critiques and quick questions
- Mock interviews
- Choosing/changing your major assistance
- Graduate/professional school advising
- Career assessments
- Networking with alumni through SJU Connects and SJU Hawk Career Network
- Full and part-time job and internship listings on Handshake
- Career fairs, workshops and events
- On-campus interviews for interns and graduating students
- Job search/prep resources
- Virtual career/internship help services
Support Your Hawk
The services offered through the Career Development Center empower students to set and achieve their post-graduate goals. We realize the impact that parents have on their children's lives, particularly regarding the initiative in planning for a career, and we aim to partner with you in support of your student's future. Students who do not feel ready to address career/life planning decisions probably will not initiate contact with us and may lack the motivation to work on planning. With that in mind, here are a few tips that you as a parent can use to help get your student ready to move through the career development process.
Familiarize yourself with the services we offer and encourage your student to begin working with us during their first year at Saint Joseph’s University.
Internships provide excellent opportunities for students to test out career interests, gain valuable experience and connect with employers who may later hire them upon graduation.
Encourage your student to talk about their ideas and listen with empathy and without judgment. Have an open mind to careers and majors that may not be in keeping with your original expectations. Try to see the situation from your student’s perspective.
Talk to your student about career plans, life goals, interests and abilities. Be patient and offer encouragement, as this can facilitate their desire to explore these issues earlier on instead of waiting until the last minute. Ask open-ended questions, and help your student clarify ideas, priorities and concerns.
Support your student as they explore different activities and interests. Give feedback on what you see as their strengths and abilities to help them develop a solid sense of self. Encourage them to remain true to their values, interests and talents. It is not unusual for students to change their minds as they take in new and interesting career information and is important to the exploration process. Help them sort the information they’re presenting by pointing out common threads among the various paths being considered.
While your supportive input is valuable, remember that the decision must ultimately be your student’s. Gradually reduce your role in their decision-making as they begin to develop a sense of independence.
The more you know about the steps that facilitate good life planning, the better you will be able to assess just where your student is in the process. Suggest steps that move them along gently, and begin where they are.
Students make better career decisions when they learn about a wide range of occupations and get past the stereotypes about different careers. Take your student to your workplace, talk about the nature of your job and your friends' jobs, and have your student "shadow" someone on the job.
Help your student develop contacts for information, advice and assistance in career planning and job search. Refer them to colleagues, friends, neighbors, parishioners, family members and community members with related experience. If your student is reluctant to approach people to ask for this kind of information, encourage them.
Hire a Hawk
Does your employer have a hiring need? What better source of talent for your organization than a Saint Joseph's University student or graduate? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive posting instructions for Handshake, Saint Joseph's University’s online job posting site accessed exclusively by St. Joe's students and alumni. Posting is free and the site is easy to navigate.