FAMILIES

Students need and rely on your support to guide them through exploring and deciding on careers. 

HOW CAN I HELP?

Parents and families make an impact on students decision-making. Talk to your student and encourage campus and community involvement, early and often.  Please find tips to support your student:

Start Early:

Encourage your student to visit the Career Center. Get familiar with the services and assessments we offer and help them navigate their busy schedules to make time for career development.

Show Up:

Students have busy schedules, but gaining career-ready skills will be essential and necessary to land a successful career. Students should take time to attend career workshops, information sessions and career fairs whenever available to them. Students can access events in Handshake

Promote Internships and Service:

Get familiar with Maryville College Works and encourage your students to pursue multiple internships. Internships can teach your student what he/she likes or what he/she doesn’t like about an intended profession. Internships also provide great connections for future jobs after graduation.

Encourage Independence:

Decision-making is one of the most difficult realities in college. Careers are rarely linear paths, so encourage your students to explore many different work experiences during college. Communicate to them that every experience is an opportunity to meet a contact, gain experience or learn a valuable technical skill.

Review Career-Readiness Competencies:

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, there are seven career competencies including: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Oral/ Written Communication, Teamwork/Collaboration, Information Technology Application, Leadership, Professional Work Ethic and Career Management. Descriptions of the competencies can be found here.

Help Network:

Expose your student to many different occupations and help introduce your student to ask for career information. Refer your student to community members, clergy, co-workers and friends who have careers that may interest them. Familiarize them with informational interviewing where they can learn about an individual’s industry and career path.