- Alina Selby ’14
- Hometown: Finleyville, PA
- Major: Mechanical engineering
I’ve always been interested in how things work and how I can make things more efficient.
Parents' Career Timeline
Your Student's First Year
- Support your student's exploration of new areas of study and interests.
- Don't panic if your student is excited about majoring in Liberal Arts subjects such as Philosophy, Art, and History; there are more career opportunities in these fields than one may think. A Liberal Arts Degree is incredibly flexible!
- Affirm what you know to be areas of skill and ability he or she has demonstrated.
- Talk with your student about the courses and activities he or she is involved in and enjoys.
- Support your student's responsible involvement in campus activities but urge a balance with good achievement in the classroom.
- Urge your student to seek assistance through the Office of Career Development.
Your Student's Second Year
- Relax, your student does not need to choose a major or possible career choice immediately. A good fit is better than a fast fit!
- Suggest that your student research his or her career interests by conducting an informational interview with faculty and career advisors, those you know who are in fields in which your student has an interest.
- Suggest learning a foreign language and developing computer skills.
Your Student's Third Year
- Tell your student that you understand the importance of gaining exposure and experience in his or her field of career interest.
- Internships and summer experiences in some very competitive fields may not monetarily compensate your student. Try to assist your student as these experiences can really pay off later!
Your Student's Fourth Year
- Suggest that your student frequent the Office of Career Development throughout the year to take advantage of workshops (including graduate school preparation), and one-on-one assistance with his or her resume and cover letter writing, as well as other job-search strategies.
- Do not nag your student about not having a job yet!
- Do not call potential employers.
- Be prepared to support your student through the ups and downs of researching jobs and graduate schools.
- Offer to assist your student by buying him or her professional interview attire (makes a great Christmas gift!).
- Don't conduct the internship or summer job search for your child. It's great to help provide contacts and networking names of people, but allow them to make mistakes AND learn from it!