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Parents

 

Have your student complete the three steps below which will get them connected to Career Services and start the process

STEP ONE  -  Sign up for PipelineAZ at https://mcccd.pipelineaz.com/
STEP TWO -  Attend one of our Webinars at  https://forms.gle/tLx9qBGYTq1kvm7u6
STEP THREE – Make an Appointment – career.services@paradisevalley.edu or call 602-787-7073

The most valuable things parents can do to help a student with career planning are:

  • Listen
  • Be open to ideas
  • Help your student find information

Here are seven more things you can do to help:
1. Encourage your student to visit the career center!
Next time you visit campus, drop into the career services office and pick up a business card from one of the career counselors. When your son or daughter is feeling anxious about his/her future, offer the card and say, "Please call this person. He (or she) can help you."

2. Advise your student to write a resume
Writing a resume can be a "reality test" and can help a student identify weak areas that require improvement. Suggest that your student get sample resumes from the career center.
You can review resume drafts for grammar, spelling, and content, but recommend that the final product be critiqued by a career center professional.

3. Challenge your student to become "occupationally Iiterate."
Ask: "Do you have any ideas about what you might want to do when you graduate?"
If your student seems unsure, you can talk about personal qualities you see as talents and strengths. You can also recommend:

  • Taking a "self-assessment inventory," …have them take the PipelineAZ interest inventory at https://mcccd.pipelineaz.com/
  • Talking to favorite faculty members
  • Researching a variety of interesting career fields and employers

4. Emphasize the importance of internships
The career center will not "place" your child in a job at graduation. Colleges grant degrees, but not job guarantees, so having relevant experience in this competitive job market is critical. Your son or daughter can sample career options by completing internships and experimenting with summer employment opportunities or volunteer work.
Why an internship?

  • Employers are interested in communication, problem-solving, and administrative skills, which can be developed through internships.
  • Employers look for experience on a student's resume and often hire from within their own internship programs.
  • Having a high GPA is not enough.

5. Encourage extracurricular involvement
Part of experiencing college life is to be involved and active outside the classroom. Interpersonal and leadership skills—qualities valued by future employers—are often developed in extracurricular activities.

6. Help your student to stay up-to-date with current events
Employers will expect students to know what is happening around them. Buy your student a subscription to The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal.

7. Teach the value of networking
Introduce your student to people who have the careers/jobs that are of interest. Suggest your son or daughter contact people in your personal and professional networks for information on summer jobs. Encourage your child to "shadow" someone in the workplace to increase awareness of interesting career fields. Inform you student of PVCC Alumni Career Panels!