Parents and Families

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Fall semester has begun and it's time for students to get started on achieving their career goals.

The Career Center has taken on a new name, so students should look for opportunities and resources sponsored throughout the year by the University Career Center. Your student will find an array of resources, located in the Student Activities Building (SAB), to:

  • Connect with employers and the world of work
  • Explore their career interests
  • Build their own "professional brand"
  • Create a strategy for success

Wondering how you can encourage your student to use the University Career Center? You might try these "conversation starters."

You could ask, Have you looked at Handshake?

Handshake is the online, one-stop shop for career exploration. Students login with their U-M ID to:

  • Find jobs and internships, with over 13,000 employers, job and grad school fairs listed, and sometimes more than 200 new postings added per day!
  • Register for workshops on developing  job search skills and other related topics
  • Schedule appointments with Career Coaches for guidance on resumes, interview preparation and "how to get started"

You could ask, Would you consider visiting employers to learn more about potential careers on an Immersion™ trip?

During an Immersion™ trip, students can visit such companies as Google, Doc Network, Detroit Red Wings and Meijer. On visits, they can: 

  • Expand their understanding of different jobs and industries
  • Network with industry leaders
  • Get an insider's perspective by interacting with employees, getting a feel for the culture and work space, and having hands-on experiences
  • Make local trips for free nearly every Friday throughout the academic year 
  • Travel to more distant locations such as New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and the west coast during fall and spring breaks as well as the summer months

You could ask, Could you use some new clothes for that interview?

Students have more confidence when they look and feel their best, so the University Career Center Clothes Closet:

  • Offers more than 2,000 items of clothing, both professional and business casual, that students can select from and keep, for free!
  • Is available to students who plan to interact with professionals, e.g. networking, interviewing, or for the first day on the job
  • Is available by appointment or at select events
  •  So whether students are preparing for the upcoming Fall Career Expo 

You could ask, Are you planning to go to the Fall Career Expo?

The University Career Center offers lots of events, including the popular Fall Career Expo coming up on September 28-29.

You might suggest that your student check in regularly with the University Career Center, or read their newletter, to learn of upcoming events.

To learn more about the Fall Career Expo or other resources, please visit the University Career Center’s website, and in particular, you may want to see Information for Families.


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