Career planning is a process that students can begin during their freshmen year.
This process involves four major steps:
(1) Assessing values, interests, personalities and skills
(2) Exploring majors and career options
(3) Evaluating possible career options through direct work experience
(4) Organizing and conducting a job or graduate school search
To facilitate this process, the Career Services Center has developed two guides to career and professional development:
(1) The professional development journal offers a place to record the activities a student engages in. It is useful in preparing a resume or cover letter as well as interviews.
(2) The four-year career plan which outlines the activities students can do during each of their years in college to further their career development.
As parents, you may want to peruse this four-year career plan for ideas on how you can support this process as well as remind your son or daughter that the Career Services Center is here to assist them during the process.
The staff in the Career Services Center facilitate the career development process by providing information and support to students as they prepare for the working world. Applying a long-term professional development perspective, they help students develop life-long skills in making career decisions, conducting a job search, and networking and engaging in the professional environment. Our services include:
- Individual counseling on resume development and cover letter writing, interview skills, job search processes, and career interest assessments
- Workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies, company research, and dining etiquette
- Hosting networking events, such as Corporate Connections, Career & Internship Fair and Design Expo
- Offer a career resources library and Reference USA
- CareerLink, Philadelphia University ’s Job and Internship Posting System
- Manage on-campus recruiting interviews and employer information sessions
- Provide web resources for students available 24-7.
Resources for parents
- Questions Frequently Asked by Parents
- Students’ Four Year Career Plan
- Professional Development Journal
- Senior Surveys
Selected Articles and Books:
- "A Career Planning Course for Parents”
- “A Parents’ Guide to Career Development”
- “Parents Have Their Say…About Their College-Age Children’s Career Decisions”
- Hand-Me-Down Dreams: How Families Influence Our Career Paths and How We Can Reclaim Them, by Mary H. Jacobson.
- Parent’s Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your College Student Succeed , by Marcia B. Harris and Sharon L. Jones.
- Don't tell me what to do, Just send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, by Helen Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 215.951.2930 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.