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Family Guide


Career Services

Family Guide

Parents and Friends, you are a major influence in the career decisions your student makes over the next few years.  Here are ways you can help encourage and guide their planning process. Follow the tabs to learn the roles students, parents, friends, and Career Services take when developing a student's career goals.

First Year                                                                     

 

Student's Role

  • Take time to get to know yourself and pay attention to the classes you most enjoy.
  • Establish relationships with your academic advisor and faculty.
  • Visit Career Services to explore different majors and careers.
  • Get involved! Join a campus organization or club in an area of interest.
  • Explore volunteer opportunities, internships, or part-time jobs to gain crucial experience for your resume.
  • Keep track of your experiences with a record of accomplishments.
  • Attend the Head of the Lakes Job & Internship Fair to discover what the world of work looks like, gather information to help you choose a major, and learn more about careers you might wish to pursue.
  • Consider taking IDS 297, "Exploring Majors and Academics" for further major exploration.
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Parent's Role

  • Support your student in making grades a top priority.
  • Encourage your student to meet with their professors, academic advisor, and Career Services to address their concerns or questions.
  • Talk with your student about different campus clubs or activities that might match their interests or career goals.
  • Encourage your student to use Jacket Jobs to find a part-time job internship, or volunteer activity.
  • Promote Career Services' job fairs and events. 

Career Services' Role

  • Offer two regional job fairs to help students connect with the world of work.
  • Help students identify their unique skills, interests, and passions.
  • Support students in self-exploration to discover major and career direction.
  • Help students discover what they can do with their major.
  • Assist students in finding part-time jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities.

UW-Superior College Career Plan brochure

Sophomore Year


Student's Role

  • Learn about various majors and occupations to make tentative career choices.
  • Start assessing what types of skills and knowledge you possess (or need) in your chosen career path.
  • Conduct informal interviews with professionals who work in the career field you are interested in exploring.
  • Contact Career Services to learn how to write a resume and cover letter effectively and to practice interviewing skills.
  • Visit Career Services to learn about Jacket Jobs to search for jobs and internships.
  • Develop a LinkedIn profile and become aware of your social media identity.
  • Continue to stay involved with student organizations and if possible, assume a leadership role.
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Parent's Role

  • If your student is undecided about a career choice, encourage them to see a career counselor in Career Services.
  • Encourage your student to follow their dreams and make choices that "fit".
  • Help your student come up with a list of friends and relatives who may work in a field of interest so they can contact them for informational interviews.
  • Encourage your student to obtain pertinent career-related experiences over the summer that can further their career goals.

Career Services' Role

  • Offer career counseling to help select major, pinpoint issues impeding decision making, and offer information regarding what students can do with their chosen major.
  • Work with students to fine-tune their resume and interviewing skills.
  • Teach students how to conduct informational interviews and how to network.
  • Provide opportunities for students to meet with representatives of local area companies and begin networking.

UW-Superior College Career Plan brochure

 

Junior Year


Student's Role

  • Develop relationships with the professors in your major.
  • Keep a file of career-related projects and potential networking contacts.
  • Develop marketable skills in addition to a degree.
  • Think about individuals you can use as a reference during your job search.
  • Reassess career goals,including alternative career plans.
  • Obtain an internship or career-related experience to increase/gain professional skills.
  • Attend the Head of the Lakes Job & Internship Fair.
  • Research graduate schools, apply early and consider pursuing graduate, teaching, or research assistantships.
  • Consider taking BUS 499, "Career Success Strategies".

Parent's Role

  • Encourage your student to take classes and get involved in activities that will enhance their academics and marketability.
  • Talk with your student about career goals and any alternative plans they may be making.
  • Encourage decision-making processes whenever possible.
  • Encourage your student to attend career workshops and job fairs.
  • Provide networking contacts for your student but allow the student to initiate.

Career Services' Role

  • Provide counseling to assist in assessment of career goals.
  • Help students assess their marketable skills, including what type of enhancements to their degree would be of benefit to them.
  • Host career workshops, job fairs, and on-campus recruiting.
  • Offer practice interviews.
  • Provide resume and cover letter critiques.
  • Assist students in finding a job or internship.


UW-Superior College Career Plan brochure

Senior Year


Student's Role

  • Dedicate time to your job search. It takes more time than many think.
  • Make it part of your routine to use the job search materials available from Career Services and on the internet.
  • Attend the Head of the Lakes Job & Internship Fair.
  • Discuss career opportunities and plans with faculty, advisors, counselors, and trusted professionals in your field of interest.
  • Select faculty and administrators to act as references and send them a copy of your resume.
  • Network, network, network! Use LinkedIn and conduct informational interviews to help you connect with professionals in your career field.
  • Plan and conduct your job search, utilizing Career Services to assist you with searching, reviewing your resume, and conducting a practice (mock) interview.
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Parent's Role

  • Ask your student how you can help them achieve identified career goals.
  • Be available and open to listen to the fears and uncertainties your student is expressing; validate fears but encourage them to continue on toward achieving goals.
  • Encourage your student to attend job fairs and other events on campus that match their career interests.
  • Encourage your student to get assistance with their job search and participate in on-campus recruiting.
  • Talk with your student about their graduate or professional school plans.
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Career Services' Role

  • Assist students in finding company and organizational information.
  • Host career workshops, job fairs, and on-campus recruiting.
  • Maintain listings of permanent positions through Jacket Jobs.


UW-Superior College Career Plan brochure

 

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