• Parents

    Parent are an important part of their child's college education and career planning. Ohio Dominican University is available to you and your child to assist with career development, questions about the current job market, and ways that parents can help. 


    Freshman Year – Parents’ Role

    • Encourage your student to make grades a top priority and develop good study habits. 
    • Encourage your student to establish relationships with faculty, academic advisors, and the Career Development staff. 
    • Encourage your student to get involved in campus activities and organizations that match their interests, enhance leadership skills and develop more insight into their preferred roles. 
    • If your student has not declared his or her major or career choice, encourage them to visit the Career Center to review resources and explore the available opportunities. 
    • Encourage your student to target employers and summer job opportunities that, if possible, match their career interests. 

    Sophomore Year – Parents’ Role

    • If your student has not declared their major or career choice, encourage them to visit the Career Center to review resources and explore the available opportunities. 
    • Discuss with your student the different career and major choices they are considering and why they are of interest to them. 
    • Help your student come up with a list of friends, family or acquaintances that may work in a field of interest so they can conduct an informational interview or participate in a job shadowing experience. 
    • Encourage your student to obtain a career-related internship over the summer to enhance their skills and marketability. 
    • Encourage your student to work with the Career Center staff to develop their resume so they are prepared ahead of time for positions that meet their interests. 

    Junior Year – Parents’ Role

    • Encourage your student to take advantage of leadership opportunities available at ODU. This will help increase their skills and attributes and make your student more marketable. 
    • Encourage your student to take advantage of networking opportunities, including ODU Career Connection, on campus recruiting events and CareerFest. 
    • Discuss career goals and graduate school plans for after graduation with your student. Encourage them to utilize the resources available in the Career Development center. 
    • Encourage your student to obtain a career-related internship over the summer to enhance their skills and marketability. 

    Senior Year – Parents’ Role

    • Encourage your student to start early and be proactive with their job search. Advise them to utilize resources and assistance from the Career Center. 
    • Help your student network for jobs by suggesting friends, acquaintances and relatives who can help them gather employer information and get connected. 
    • Understand that job searches often take months before a suitable position is found. 
    • Encourage your student to be realistic in their career goals without settling for positions that are below their capabilities. 
    • Don’t overstep your bounds by contacting employers directly. Candidates should speak for themselves and learn from experience.

    Adapted from the office of Career Services, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the office of Career Services, Whitworth University