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Tips for Parents

Information for Parents

The Parents Guide to The Career Playbook by James Citrin (P'17)

How to Help Your Student Plan Their Future:

  • Remind your student of his/her abilities, skills, interests, and successes. You can provide much-needed reassurance as well as valuable insights! Your student may be feeling the time crunch and pressures of college life. Set aside some time together and listen to your student's thoughts and comments. Reflection is an important part of student development. Periodically ask your student what s/he got out of various experiences (skills, interests, lesson learned, etc.) both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Encourage your student to develop strong study skills. Poor academic performance can limit future options. Encourage your student to talk to faculty and advisors for academic assistance, as well as for information about majors and careers. Professional relationships can inspire interest that isn't necessarily sparked in the classroom.
  • Encourage him/her to get involved on campus. S/he can join student organizations and get involved in a wide range of activities, including service learning, volunteering, research, study abroad, and leadership in organizations. This experience helps them develop competencies they can later demonstrate to employers.
  • Remind your student that BALANCE is the key to success. Balancing academic priorities, athletics, and student organization membership is one of the most challenging tasks facing students these days. Dartmouth offers resources to help students set priorities and learn time management.
  • Refer your student to Center for Professional Development. A Career Advisor can coach your student and provide a step-by-step action plan for exploration/evaluation of internships and careers. Drop-In Hours are available every weekday afternoon for resume or cover letter reviews and quick questions. To schedule a 30-minute individualized appointment, students can call 646-2215.
  • Be open to change! Encourage your student to explore new topics. Don't panic if a new major or minor is mentioned. If it matches your student's interests and abilities, s/he will likely achieve good grades. Listen non-judgmentally to your student's thoughts and feelings about classes, activities, friends, etc.
  • Direct your student to friends or family in careers of interest, and to the Dartmouth Career Network (DCN). Alumni/ae in the DCN have offered to provide career-related advice! Job Shadow opportunities, Networking Events and Informational Interviews are great tools for acquiring knowledge about a career field. Students can learn about a career, pathways into the field, skills and education required, and suggestions for future success.
  • Advise your student to begin the internship search process 6 months in advance of their Leave Term. Gently remind your student that s/he can apply for internships through the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN), DartBoard, and other online resources provided by the Center for Professional Development. Offer names of friends, family, and colleagues who might be valuable resources for your student and suggest how that person might be of assistance.
  • Encourage your student to attend Center for Professional Development workshops and Employer Information Sessions. Workshops cover topics such as finding an internship, fine tuning a resume, interviewing skills, networking, etc. Students can attend career panels and learn about various industries and organizations/internships at info sessions.