Watch these videos with your students to begin career planning.
The Career Center exists to help your student navigate the sometimes murky and confusing waters of deciding on a major/career, seeking internships and employment, and applying to graduate school. We hope the information below will help you partner with the Career Center in assisting your student.
We encourage you to spend time with your student discussing this information.
Is there a value to a liberal arts degree, or does my student have to study something "practical?"
The advantages of a liberal arts degree are many. A student pursuing a liberal arts major has chosen this major (hopefully) because he/she has fallen in love with the subject matter and wants to learn as much as possible about it. As your student progresses through the courses, he/she is developing skills useful in the workplace, e.g. communication and analytical skills. The key to career success is your student's ability to articulate to an employer what his/her skills and interests are, as they relate to that particular employer. We can assist your student in learning how to do this.
What role do parents play?
The most important thing you can do as a parent is to support your student's career exploration and career choices, and to encourage your student to take advantage of all Truman has to offer. By encouraging, listening, and providing moral support, you can help your student to navigate the career development process, which can be stressful, time-consuming, and occasionally difficult. Discussing career issues with your student and encouraging him/her to actively use the Career Center throughout the Truman experience increases the likelihood that your student will identify career options and gain valuable career-related experiences. The result will be a smooth transition from Truman to graduate school or to the world of work.
What resources exist to help my student obtain an internship?
We have an array of printed and on-line internship resources. Our career library is stocked with several internship guides; on-line resources including Internships.com, internship postings on Experience.com, and a database of the internship locations of recent Truman graduates. Students can also find internship possibilities through Career Expo, networking with faculty/internship advisors in their major, and by contacting one of the alumni on LinkedIn.
Does Truman hold regular job fairs?
Yes! The Career Center sponsors two career fairs each year, one during fall semester and one in the spring. Our Career Expos are extremely well attended by both students and employers, who tell us they love coming to Truman because of the high-quality, well-prepared candidates they meet.
Does the Career Center provide assistance for applying to graduate school?
Because over 40% Truman graduates go immediately to graduate school, the Career Center expends a significant amount of time and resources in this area. The flagship event for graduate school preparation is Graduate School Week, held every fall. The Career Center offers personal statement critiquing and assistance with locating graduate programs, as well as information on graduate entrance exams.
Does my student have to make an appointment to use the Career Center's services?
Your student can use the following Career Center services on a walk-in basis.
Résumé and cover letter critique
Career library and on-line career resources
Your student will need to make an appointment to access the following Career Center services:
Personal Statement Critique for Graduate School Admissions
Individual career planning needs
What do I do if I have more questions?
The staff of the Career Center is always happy to talk with you and your student about how to begin the career planning process. E-mail or call us with your questions, comments, or ideas, or have your student stop by.
(NOTE: Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share information with you concerning your student's visits to the Career Center.)