Parents and Families

Student

February is a good time to inquire about your student’s summer or after graduation plans, and the University of Michigan Career Center has many tips and programs that can help your student make the most of this time. The Center can help your student with:

Exploring interests, planning the future --  If your student is in the exploration stage of their education and career planning, they may want to use i-plan from the U-M Career Center to explore interests and much more. Consisting of three areas of focus -- Your Story, Your Community, and Your Presentation -- the i•plan™ represents the many small things your student can do throughout their time at U-M that build toward a fulfilling career. 

Career and internship opportunities -- Virtual Job And Internship Fairs Career fairs are usually held in large ballrooms, with lines of students, but this year career fairs went virtual. Check out UCC’s Handshake for a list of upcoming job and internship fairs. 

Networking -- The people your student meets may be life-long supporters who mentor, advise, and encourage them.  Students can take advantage of an extensive network through:

  • The University Career Alumni Network (UCAN): This UCC resource is an easy way to connect with alumni who have volunteered to offer career expertise. Your student can gain valuable insights about how COVID-19 is impacting different industries, day-to-day responsibilities, career preparation, and job/internship search tips and tips on applying to professional schools. 
  • LinkedIn is another great tool – one your student can use to showcase their talents and career interests. Having a strong profile will benefit your student when recruiters are seeking candidates for their open positions. Your student can find out more on building strong profiles.
  • Virtual networking events -- Employers are seeking new ways of engaging  students interested in their opportunities. There are virtual information sessions, networking hours, and virtual ‘coffee chats’ all planned with your student in mind. Remind your student to check out the “Events Page” on Handshake each week for the latest additions. Your student can also learn ways to stand out at virtual events with tips from this Forbes article on making the most of virtual networking events.
  • Practicing for interviews -- If your student needs assistance with fine-tuning materials, researching organizations, practicing their pitch, connecting with recruiters and alumni, and considering why they are the best candidate for a job or graduate programs, UCC can help.  Your student can schedule an appointment with a University Career Center (UCC) Career Coach to go over questions and details.  

Students also can reach the Career Center at careercenter@umich.edu.