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College to Career Road Map: Parent Edition

Foreward

Acknowledgements

Introduction (pdf)

The Parent Coaching Model
The Five Core Principles of the Parent Coaching Model
Preparing to Use the Parent Guide
A Word About Gender Usage

Freshman Year—Exploration

Introduction
Parent/Student Road Map Activities

How Deeply Does Your Student Know Herself?
Uncover Your Student’s Hidden Passions
Where Interests and Abilities Align, There Lies Career Possibility
Decision Making Is a Learned Skill

Academic Activities

Orientation
Core Courses
First-Year Experience Course
“How to Study” Courses
Role of the Academic Advisor
Meeting with Professors
Investigating Potential Majors
Value of International Study

Experiential Activities

Living on Campus
“Welcome Week” Activities
Campus Organizations
Volunteer Activities
Part-Time Work
The Career Portfolio
The Student Resumé
The Campus Career Center
Researching Careers

Yearly Reflective Journal

Sophomore Year—Examination

Introduction
Parent/Student Road Map Activities

Review Your History
Assess Your Student’s Talents
Assessing What Your Student “Knows”: How Was the Knowledge Acquired?
Give Your Student a Good “SWOT”
It’s Both What You Know and Who You Know!

Academic Activities

Working with a Campus Career Counselor
Meeting with the Academic Advisor
Choosing a Minor
Beginning Major-Course Studies
Evaluating Academic Progress
Preparing for Studying Abroad
Getting to Know One’s Professors
Talking to Upperclassmen.
Focusing on the Professors in Your Student’s Potential Majors

Experiential Activities

Pursuing a Leadership Role in a Campus Organization
Campus Leadership Positions
Is Your Student’s Part-Time Job Providing Learning Opportunities?
Revising the Resumé
Utilizing Informational Interviews
Creating an “Internship/Co-op Possibilities” Binder
Developing a “Dream Companies” Binder
Mock Interviews

Yearly Reflective Journal

Junior Year—Experience

Introduction
Parent/Student Road Map Activities

Experience Is Everything to Prospective Employers
Your Student’s Career Path Will Be Winding, Not Straight
The Transferable Skills Your Student Needs
Transferable Skills for Your Student’s Career
Checking “The Voice Inside Your Head”: Helping Your Student Stay Focused on the Positive
Celebrate Successes

Academic Activities

Choosing Elective Courses
Getting to Know the Professors
Research Courses and Independent Study Seminars
Career Development Courses

Experiential Activities

Seeking a Leadership Role in a Campus Organization
Revising the Resumé
The Career Portfolio
Networking
Utilizing Mock Interviews
Professional Organizations Related to Career Choice
Job/Career Fairs
Researching Graduate/Professional Programs

Skill-Building Experiences

The Value of Internships
The Importance of Volunteer Activities

Yearly Reflective Journal

Senior Year—Empoyment and Education

Introduction
Parent/Student Road Map Activities

Presentation Is as Critical as Preparation
No Need to Go It Alone

Academic Activities

Writing Courses
The Application for Graduation
Seeking Professional References

Experiential Activities

On-Campus Interviewing
Job-Search Workshops
The Job Search Support Group
Evaluating Campus Organization Experience
Internships and Co-op Experiences
The Graduation Ceremony

Focus on the Future

The Basic Cover Letter
Revising the Resumé
Get a Second Opinion
Highlighting Abilities, Traits, and Accomplishments for Interviewing
Looking for Post-Graduation Job Opportunities
Job/Career Fairs
Identifying Professional References
Using the Career Portfolio
Interviewing
“Plan B”
Post-Graduate Education
Graduate/Professional School Entrance Exams
Applying for Graduate/Professional Schools
The Personal Statement
Visiting Graduate/Professional School Campuses

Yearly Reflective Journal
The Best Is Yet To Come

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