The senior year is when organizing and conducting a job search or graduate school search begins in earnest. It is also a time when students are busy in more advanced courses in their majors and have responsible roles in campus and/or volunteer activities. Seniors are balancing many different areas of their lives.
How you can help:
- Suggest that your student use the Career Development Center throughout the year. We have an extensive array of resources and can help with resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and mock interviews, pre-law, pre-health, and graduate school advisement.
- Online listings and other job search resources offer students the ability to search for full-time and internship opportunities.
- If your son or daughter is interested in graduate or professional school, the application process typically begins in Fall of senior year. They should be talking with the appropriate advisor — either a faculty member assigned as the discipline advisor or the professional school advisors. The pre-health advisor and pre-law advisor both work in the CDC; the MBA Advisor works in the Management Department.
- Do not nag your son or daughter about having a job yet. BE POSITIVE when interacting.
- Offer to assist by sending information you may have found about their career interest or any job-listings. LISTEN for indications you are getting carried away and back off.
- Do not call potential employers and intervene for your child.
- Be prepared to support your child through the ups and downs of the job or graduate school search. It can be a bumpy road. Not every desired job or graduate school acceptance will come through. REASSURE your student that for every door that closes, another one opens.
- It can be stressful for students to see their peers interviewing for positions or starting to get offers. You can reassure your son or daughter that there are different timelines and encourage him or her to understand their industry and how the employers recruit. The CDC has several resources for students to use to choose and research industries. This process, while anxiety-provoking, can be an opportunity to see how life after college will not be a universal experience (as college and high school often is) and comparing one self to all peers may not be the most useful approach to measuring their success. Bucknell offers regular workshops for seniors to help them with these transition issues.
- After they graduate, seniors continue to have support and assistance through Bucknell's Alumni Career Services.