FAMILIES

Students need and rely on your support to guide them through exploring and deciding on careers. Here are a few ways to be involved.

  • Internship and Job Search: Share an internship or full-time job through MC Connect, encourage your student to apply
  • Connect the Scots:  Join the mentor database and share your expertise through one-to-one career conversations, resume critiques and/or mock interviews.
  • Host an Information Session: Does your company hire interns? Come speak to our students about your company and career path.

HOW CAN I HELP

Parents and families make an impact on students decision-making. Review the suggested four year plan for your student and encourage 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 and networking mixers whenever available to them. A full list of workshops and events can be found on MC Connect.

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 explore many different work experiences during college. Communicate to them that every experience is opportunity to meet a contact, gain experience or learn a valuable technical skills.

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.