By Marcia B. Harris
Indicates ways in which mom and dad will help their youngsters navigate the waters of faculty occupation making plans, from freshman orientation to commencement.
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If your child has an interest in personnel work (now usually called human resources), he or she should check to see whether there is a campus student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Books such as The Occupational Outlook Handbook or The Encyclopedia of Associations, available in the college library or career center, have information about relevant professional associations. Local service organizations like the Rotary Club or Civitans may also be helpful. Students should conduct "information interviews" once they have located contacts in the fields of interest to them.
Developing Marketable Skills and Enhancers Most employers today are less interested in a student's major than in the student's skills. " Although some fields, like engineering, nursing, or pharmacy, virtually require a degree in a specific major in order to enter them, for most fields it is the candidate's skills and abilities that will determine whether he or she gets the job and is successful at it. This should be good news for college students. The major then takes on less importance. Knowing that they can acquire skills and experience that employers seek through a variety of ways, there is less pressure for students to choose the "right" major.
Had he decided to pursue some of his other interests, like publishing or teaching, he also would have strong credentials. ) A career plan will help your child better organize his or her time and be aware of what must be done over the sophomore and junior years to explore and prepare for career options. Like most of us, students are more likely to follow through on good intentions if they have a written plan of action with specific tasks and timetables. At the end of this chapter is a worksheet for a career plan, which you and your son or daughter can work on together.
The parent's crash course in career planning: helping your college student succeed by Marcia B. Harris