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One of the primary reasons that students choose to go to college is to land a job upon graduation. The job market that exists today is vastly different than the job market that many parents experienced at the same age. Jobs that didn’t exist 5 years ago are now seen as commonplace (ie, social media, forensic accounting and/or smart phone technology). College graduates are no longer hired for their “potential”; employers now require a track record of marketable skills. Employers focus more on these marketable skills than they do academic major. They want to know that job candidates can add value to an organization on day one.
At Regis College, we believe that career exploration and preparation is an integral part of a college education. Regis College students participate in experiential learning through a host of beyond-the-classroom activities: internships, clinical rotations, student teaching, study abroad programs, service learning, participation in extra-curricular activities and other programs designed to develop a portfolio of marketable skills that is now required by employers. As a result, the Regis College approach to career exploration and preparation is designed so that students learn how to build a resume of marketable skills throughout their college experience thereby preparing them for a successful transition from college to the working world and/or graduate school.
Using a curriculum that’s unique to Regis College, our students are taught the life skill of how to identify and land the job that’s right for them.
Assistance is provided throughout the college experience using
- Online tools
- One-on-one counseling
- Career development and recruitment events throughout the year
The Center for Internships and Career Placement actively reaches out to the community to provide part-time jobs, internships and professional job opportunities. We welcome our alumni, parents and local community to participate.
The Center is located in College Hall, Room 209. It is staffed full-time, 12 months a year.
How Parents Can Help the College…
- Encourage your student to explore new areas of study. Most college freshmen are not aware of the variety of courses and majors available to them. College is an opportunity to sample new topics and learn more about themselves.
- Affirm what you know to be areas of strength for them.
- Try to be open and supportive of their choice of major. College students can change majors frequently and when a college student majors in their area of interest, they tend to have a higher GPA.
- Encourage your student to take the Focus 2 self-assessment. This tool, provided by Regis College enables students to match potential careers and occupations to their interests, skills and personality. Review the results with them.
- Ask your student if they have given any thought to career choices. Don’t get discouraged if they say “no”. It can be overwhelming for some students to think that far in advance. Instead, you can ask them if they have any curiosity about other people’s careers.
- Encourage your student to obtain a part-time job and to start looking for internship opportunities. The Center for Internships and Career Placement can help.
- Internships are a critical component for the résumé. Encourage your student to do as at least one, and preferably two internships. Some internships are unpaid. Discuss the various options with your student: if finances are a concern, perhaps they can do a part-time internships and a part-time job.
- Offer to help your student find an internship by providing suggestions or ideas and/or encourage them to take advantage of the opportunities available to them in the Center for Internships and Career Placement. Do not find the internship for your student. The Center for Internships and Career Placement can help but the responsibility for finding an internship opportunity rests with your student.
- Provide positive reinforcement for any career-related activity they perform.
- The anxiety level rises during the senior year. Students are scared and as a result, they may do nothing. They are not disinterested or unaware. They often don’t know where to start. The Center for Internships and Career Placement can help. Positive reinforcement from a parent on any steps they take forward is very effective.
- Be prepared to support your child through the ups and downs of the job search. Encourage them to move forward, even if they think they have a job.
- Do not contact a prospective employer on your student’s behalf. This is his/her responsibility. It will also lead to a negative impression of your student in the eyes of the employer.
Susan Clancy Kennedy, Director
Center for Internships and Career Placement
Center for Internships and Career Placement
College Hall, Room 209
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
During the academic year
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday