Gaining Career Experience
...Junior year is all about gaining experiences in one's field of interest. Field experiences appear in many forms. Your student is gaining important exposure to the working world by taking on jobs and internships. Moreover, if students are enjoying their experiences, perhaps they have found the perfect career for them!
What can my student do?
- Your student should update his or her resume and upload the new resume onto UBjobnet.
- Students will find it useful to attend Master Classes provided by Career Center such as: Interviewing Skills, How to work a Job Fair, Job Search.
- Your student can make an appointment with a career counselor to confirm career choice and clarify career goals.
- Attending Job and Internship Fairs will help your student begin searching for a summer job or internship.
- Students can participate in Mock Interviews provided by the Career Center.
- Seeking out a career related internship opportunity in order to build experience is important. This experience is great to include in his or her resume and to meet others in the field.
- Your student should research graduate schools, if he or she is interested in attending.
What can I do as a parent?
- Encourage your child to use the resources available at the campus career center.
- Tell your student that you understand the importance of their gaining exposure to and experience in his or her field of career interest. Broadening experience through involvement outside the classroom is a valuable use of time.
- Internships or summer experiences in some very competitive fields may be non-paying. Also, a good opportunity may be in a distant location. Discuss your financial expectations with your student before a commitment is made.
- Don't conduct the internship or summer job search for your child. It's a great help to provide networking contacts or names of people who may be helpful. However, making the contact and speaking for your child deprives him or her of an important learning experience—and may make a poor impression on the future employer.