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Career Center


Resources for Parents

As a parent of a student at St. Ambrose University, you can take an active role in talking about career development opportunities, career direction and internship exploration.

At left, we've provided a number of resources for parents with students at every academic level of the institution. Take a look at the graduate survey employment data to see how successful our recent students were at finding employment or gaining acceptance into graduate school upon graduation.

Feel free to call us as well at 563/333-6339 to talk more about how the Career Center can make an important impact in your student's, and in the future.

How Can I Support my Son's or Daughter's Career Development?

» Encourage students to visit The Career Center early and often in their college career. Visit with a Career Counselor, develop a resume, complete a mock interview, attend career fairs and complete internships. These are just a few of the Services available at the St. Ambrose Career Center.

"Students who use the career center four or more times a semester are more likely to have job offers than those who use it once a semester."
The National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE

» Support your son or daughter's exploration of career options, stimulate conversations regarding career plans and be patient while he/she considers a variety of options.

If your student seems unsure, you can talk about personal qualities you see as talents and strengths and recommend contacting the Career Center to take a "self-assessment inventory," such as the My PLAN, Myers-Briggs or researching a variety of interesting career fields and employers. A career decision should be a process and not a one-time, last-minute event; discourage putting this decision off until the senior year.

» Introduce your son or daughter to people in professional fields who can provide career information/job shadowing opportunities and advice. Encourage your student to manage their BeeCAREERS account for jobs, internships, mentoring opportunities and to develop a professional social media brand for effective networking.

» Support and encourage involvement in leadership and student organization activities, both on and off campus.

» Employers seek students with the following attributes: Leadership, Desired Major, High GPA (3.0 or above), Involvement in extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, student government), participation in volunteer work, Fluency in a foreign language and Study abroad experience.

» Emphasize the importance of gaining career-related experience through internships, co-ops, volunteering, summer and/or part-time jobs.

» The career center will not "place" your student in a job at graduation. Colleges grant degrees and assist students in gaining career related skills and knowledge, so having relevant experience in this competitive job market is critical.

71% of Employers surveyed by NACE in 2012 indicated they preferred to hire candidates with related experience.