Family

Welcome to the IU Family

Students often mention how much family influences their career choices and we know that from talking with family members that you’re not always sure what kind of advice you should be offering. What is too much advice? Is this outdated advice? We understand, and we're here to help!

The one piece of advice we often share with parents is to encourage your student to explore their career interests early in their college career with a career coach, so they can get on track fast. We work tirelessly with your student to identify their career interests while holistically discussing their skills, values, and personality.  Once this is solidified, we work to identify and prepare materials for part-time jobs, student organizations, leadership opportunities and internships that will help them achieve their career goals. 

Don’t be afraid to talk to them about what helped shape your career path—even the so-called “mistakes.” And gently remind them that the Career Development Center is here to offer one-on-one career coaching and so much more. 

Learn more about the career planning process at IU

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Our Services for Your Student

If your student is in not yet officially admitted into a school, they are officially part of what is referred to as University Division at IU.  Your student will work with us, the Career Development Center, until they are admitted into their major degree granting school.  To make things easier for your student, we have assigned a specific career coach so that at any time, they have a go-to person for their career planning needs.  One of the most common ways to connect with their career advisor is through a one-on-one career coaching session.  We most commonly cover the following topics:

  • Career and Major Exploration
  • Career Fair Preparation
  • Resume and Cover Letters
  • Part-time Job and Internship Search Strategies
  • Interview Preparation (includes mock interview)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
  • Networking

During your student's first year at IU, they might consider getting a part-time job to help cover some of their financial responsibilities and develop relevant skills that can be marketed to future employers and graduate school acceptance committees.  Each year the Career Development Center hosts two job fairs.  Mark this date in your Calendar

Fall Part-Time Jobs Fair - Friday, August 23, 2019; 10am-3pm

We host events throughout the year on various career topics including "Careers in Healthcare," "Grad School Boot Camp," "Professional Resume Workshop," and many more.  Your student might see us present in a class or for their student organization.  We work to engage with your student in all facets of their undergraduate experience.  Last year, we completed more than 100 workshops and presentations. 

You student's MyJobs account gives them access to thousands of summer and part-time job postings (includes work-study positions), internships, and fellowships. This isn't just another random job board, but rather a place where employers come to recruit IU students.  Each career office on campus has an employer relations team that works around the clock to bring the best jobs to campus.  Your student can activate their MyJobs account as soon as they arrive at IU! 

Your student can also do the following in MyJobs:

  • Post cover letters and resumes
  • Choose to appear in search results if you meet employers’ search criteria
  • Sign up for interview times when employers are visiting campus
  • Browse a database of thousands of industry contacts
  • View lists of employers scheduled to attend upcoming career fairs

Your student can begin researching careers, download career handouts, and review industry specific resources in our professionally curated career resource library.  

Take a look for yourself.

Our career coaches created 25 industry-specific career guides that offer the A-Zs of each field’s preferred educational backgrounds, as well as employment opportunities, insider tips, industry-related interview questions, and a lot more.

See them for yourself.

Mentor Students

The Career Development Center can facilitate a variety of avenues for mentoring Indiana University students, from providing a student with an informational interview to hosting an externship program. Students gain valuable experience, knowledge, and skills by working with professionals and organizations early in their college experience. Mentoring our students starting freshman year allows for early exposure to your business or organization, playing a part in grooming students for success as a contributing intern and employee in the future. In addition to making the transition to employee an easier and more productive experience for everyone involved, mentoring is fun and very fulfilling.

Contact Jan Nickless to get started:

Phone: 812-855-9888

Email: jnickles@indiana.edu

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