How Parents & Families Can Help
As a parent, there are a number of ways you can help us help your student. Specifically, please encourage your student to:
- Come into the Career Services Center (CSC) and familiarize themselves with the variety of services offered.
- Meet with a Career Counselor, regardless of what stage of exploration or readiness they find themselves.
- Seek Internships; voluntary, shadowing, or paid experiences, in possible areas of interest starting in the first year.
- Create and update their CMConnect profile. CMConnect is CMC's online recruiting and communications system which allows students to access information on all aspects of our recruiting program, including events and deadlines. We also use as a communications to to share information with them.
- Maximize the use of their vacation time. Winter and Spring breaks are great times for a short internship, networking meetings, shadowing experience, or travel opportunity.
- Get involved in campus activities and use the many resources available for academic and experiential learning. Employers and graduate programs seek candidates who are both academically excellent and personally well-rounded. Some of the typical attributes that they seek are: leadership, responsibility, self-knowledge, team work, verbal and written communication skills, initiative, flexibility, adaptability, self-confidence, interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently. Co-curricular and extracurricular activities help students develop these qualities.
Encourage your student to engage in the career development process actively from their first year. We appreciate your positive support and encouragement of their pursuits.
Partner with Career Services Center
Parents & Families are a tremendous resource for our office, and we thank you for your support and involvement. Here are other ways in which you can partner with the Career Services Center (CSC).
Post a Job or Internship for Students and AlumniJob postings from parents and families are a wonderful resource for both students and alumni. If you or your organization would like to post a position on CMConnect, simply email it to Charlene Kile at email@example.com. Please include as much information as you can, including a job description, a description of the organization (at least a website), a contact person (required), and application procedures as needed.
Be a "SLAC" Employer
CMC has joined the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium (SLAC), which consists of 14 top liberal arts colleges, to provide additional employment opportunities for Juniors and Seniors. SLAC organizes pre-selected interviewing days during November and January. CMC students participate in the Chicago (Nov), New York City (Jan), San Francisco (Jan) and Washington, DC (Jan) events. If you are interested participating as an employer in SLAC recruiting events, please contact Diana Seder, our Director, or Sarah Park, our Associate Director.
Fund our Sponsored Internships
CMC has amazing sponsored internship opportunities and there are always more students who want to participate than funding allows. Click here to read about the different sponsored internships we offer. We encourage you to consider contributing financially to our sponsored internship programs as well. If you would like to do so, please contact Jason Jeffrey, our Coordinator of Sponsored Internship Programs.
Share your Career Insights
Each semester the CSC hosts a number of panels and workshops that include speakers from a wide variety of professions. Students greatly appreciate hearing from practicing professionals and we invite you to come to campus and share your expertise. Typical discussions include information about first jobs, good decisions (or bad ones), favorite elements of your work, who and what prepared you the most for your profession, and what you know now that you wish you knew then! Tell us when you are planning a visit to campus and we will make the arrangements for your presentation.
Serve as a Networking Contact
Serve as a contact with whom CMC students can network to gather more information about career options, serve as a mentor, or a person they can "shadow" on the job. Help students develop contacts for information, advice, and assistance in career planning and job search.
Perform Mock Interviews
The CSC invites alumni, family members, and employers to spend a half or full day performing mock interviews with students. Interviewers typically spend about 20 minutes interviewing and then 10 minutes providing feedback in this most useful career development activity.
Host Students at Your Place of Employment
Students love to visit companies and see firsthand what really goes on in the workplace and where work is done. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn more about specific industries and organizations. Please contact our office if you would like to host a group of CMC students on a company site visit.
If you are interested in partnering with the Career Services Center in any of these ways, just email us or call us at (909) 607-7038.