The following are some quick tips in discovering your student's interests:
Let Your Student Make Their Own Choices: You may be tempted to have your student major in a particular area because it is a popular and/ or lucrative field. The reality is, in this job market, there is no such thing as a major that guarantees a job. Your student must develop their own career directions based on their individual interests, skills, and values. Motivate your student to pursue something that reflects who they are; then success will come.
Encourage Exploration: Encourage your student to try different courses that may be of interest. Electives are a great way to discover topics and majors that they en joy. Through this exploration, they may discover appealing areas of study that they previously hadn't known of or thought about.
Inspire Involvement in Co-Curricular Activities: Opportunities to demonstrate leadership ability, teamwork, time management, and other career-related skills will help your student prepare for the working world. These "soft" skills are highly sought after by employers.
Be Patient and Supportive: Don't ask the dreaded question: "What are you going to do when you graduate?" This question is a "biggie" and often causes panic if it cannot be answered. Instead, encourage your student to begin to researching their options early in their academic program. Offer to help research different areas, and be encouraging if they are getting frustrated.
Recommend Visits to the Career Center: You probably won't know all the answers your student may have, and we can help. Our knowledgeable and experienced career counselor works with students in every major at UCCS, and can assist with questions about various careers and industries, as well as about the job market. We can also help students make decisions about majors. Students are not required to use our services, but we are here to assist them all!
The following are some questions to consider asking your student:
Have you checked with the career center to learn about the services they offer for underclassmen? For upperclassmen? Please tell me about these services.
Which of the services and programs the career center provides will be most useful to you? Why?
Which employers are coming to campus to interview this year? Who would you like to have an interview with?
What types of jobs have other graduates in your field found, and what were the typical salaries? Which methods did they state were most useful to them in their job search?
Have you met with your career counselor for your najor or career interests? What advice did he or she provide? Are you regularly using your counselor as a resource for your questions about your career planning and job search?