Together with the WashU Career Center, parents and families can help guide students and their educational interests into meaningful work. Encourage your student to take advantage of the what the Career Center has to offer.
Ways Parents & Families Help
- Encourage early and regular engagement with a Career Adviser and the Career Center’s services and events. We work with students at every stage, from exploring career possibilities to actively seeking post-graduate opportunities. We encourage students to begin building a relationship with the Career Center during their first year.
- Discuss and support the importance of multiple, meaningful summer experiences, such as internships, research opportunities and study abroad. These experiences allow students to explore interests, ask questions, create contacts, and make new discoveries about themselves and their career options. Research shows that students with at least one internship are more likely to have an opportunity within 6 months of graduation than students with no internship.
- Observe and listen to your student’s interests, values and strengths. Serve as a coach
and mentor. Encourage your student to update her or his interests in CAREERlink (WashU’s online database of jobs, internships, and career events) to receive customized announcements of upcoming opportunities.
- Tap into your network. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. Guide your student on how to approach the initial outreach to your professional contacts. With your support, your young adult is ready to lead this search and exploration.
WashU talent through your company or organization.
students with your own professional experiences.
donations for student internship and travel stipends.
Ways the Career Center Helps
- Government & Public Policy
- Strategic Communications
The Mission of the WashU Career Center is to support students and alumni as they transform their passions, education, and skills into purposeful career paths by teaching lifelong career development strategies and by connecting our diverse students, alumni, and employers.