Parent FAQs

How important are grades/GPA?  

Although it is not the primary factor in determining a candidate’s success, the grade point average is one factor considered by employers and graduate schools.  It is one of the few tangible indications of a student’s ability to learn and perform effectively, at least in the academic environment. Therefore students need to do as well as possible in the classroom, especially in courses in their majors. (Source: NACE)  

Are there jobs in my son or daughter’s major?    

Yes. Recognized as a premier professional university, Philadelphia University has established a phenomenal record of career success for its graduates. The University is committed to preparing students to enter a professional world with the skills and tools necessary to succeed. For more information on the paths Philadelphia University graduates have taken, you may want to review the results of the Senior Surveys conducted by the Career Services Center each year. The surveys also include average salary information, position titles, employers, and graduate schools where our graduates have gone.    

What do employers value when they consider candidates?  

Each employer is different, but as a whole, employers value academic achievement, relevant work experience as well as less tangible skills such as maturity, leadership, teamwork, communication, independence, commitment, problem-solving, technology, and foreign languages.    

How can my son/daughter learn about available career options?    

Students learn about career options in many ways: through peers, coworkers, professors, guest lecturers, parents, television, internet, etc. In addition, Career Services Center maintains a physical library of books and web resources on career options in many fields.   Students can research career fields and companies through web-based tools such asReferenceUSA and VAULT.com. Some tips on how to research employers are posted on our website. Direct experience in extracurricular activities, jobs, internships, and volunteer service allows students to try out various roles or fields and test how well they fit into various environments.  Many students become involved in professional/trade organizations in their field and learn about opportunities through the professional networks they establish. Once students focus on what they’d like to do, they can search and apply for available positions through CareerLink , Philadelphia University ’s job and internship posting system. At any point during the career exploration and job search process, students should feel free to talk to a career counselor in the Career Services Center.  

Can I post a job?

Yes. Please.  If you or your employer would like to recruit PhilaU students or alumni for jobs or internships, you may post them on CareerLink , our job and internship posting system. For more information on posting a position, please contact the Career Services Center. 

Should my son/daughter study abroad?   

From the perspective of career development, the answer depends on the student’s plans after college. Studying abroad can really expand the horizons of students while giving students an opportunity to develop foreign language skills, become independent, and experience the increasingly global nature of modern life. Many employers look favorably upon these qualities. However, studying abroad also involves a great deal of planning to interface with students’ majors and return to campus in time to apply for jobs, graduate school, or summer internships. Students should speak to the study abroad department and their academic advisors/faculty to explore this opportunity further.    

Should my son/daughter go to graduate school?

Graduate school is a major investment in the future. Some fields, such as law and medicine, require an advanced degree to practice. Other fields, such as business and architecture, often offer higher salaries for individuals with an advanced degree. However, many employers and graduate schools value work experience, career focus and leadership above a specific academic credential. So, many students choose to work for several years before applying to graduate school. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Curious students should research the careers they want to go into and talk to people in the field before making this decision. They may also want to make an appointment with a career counselor in CSC to discuss further. The Graduate School section of our website also contains important information on the application process.

What can my son/daughter do to improve their professional development opportunities and work-related skills?

It is important for your son/daughter to gain relevant experience and develop career skills during their college years. This can be done by taking a leadership position in a campus organization, joining a professional organization, and increasing their responsibilities at their internships. Hopefully your son/daughter is interested in the field they plan to go into and these activities would be “fun” for them. You can encourage your son or daughter to pursue opportunities outside the classroom, talk to faculty, get involved in local chapters of professional/trade organizations, attend industry gatherings, and use their part-time job to develop career skills.   Students interested in doing a supervised internship during the junior or senior year should consult The Internship Program section of the Career Services webpage for more information. Internship positions are also posted on Career Link.

How can my son/daughter find jobs outside Philadelphia?

Students can learn about the job market in other cities by reading their newspapers, talking to people in their personal and professional networks, researching companies (e.g. Reference USA ), and searching for jobs in national databases (e.g. MonsterTrak).   The Useful Links page on the CSC website is a good place to start. Some students consider doing an internship in the cities in which they are interested the summer before their senior year.In addition, positions in many parts of the country are represented in CareerLink.

Should my son/daughter take time off before working?

Many students think about taking time off after they graduate before working full-time. From a career development perspective, this makes sense if they are doing something with their time that they could not otherwise do if they were working. Some people join the Peace Corps, travel abroad, undertake a service project, volunteer for a political campaign, experiment with or gain experience in career options outside of their major, or develop skills that help further their career. However, for many students, an effective job search can take 3 to 6 months, so they may not find jobs right away after the time-off.

Our experience is that many students delay their job search because they are not sure what to do next or they have some fears about the job search process. If this is the case for your son/daughter, encourage him/her to become/remain active in the career planning process and use all of the resources available to him/her, including seeing a career counselor at the Career Services Center.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 215.951.2930 or email us at careerservices@philau.edu.