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 Is this outdated advice?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 advisor, 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 advising and so much more. 

Learn more about the career planning process at IU

Learn more about all of the career offices at IU

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Our Services for Your Student

  • Career Advising

    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 advisor 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 advising session.  We most commonly cover the following topics:

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

    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 18th; 10am-3pm

  • Career Events and Workshops

    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 faucets of their undergraduate experience.  Last year, we completed more than100 workshops and presentations. 

  • Online Job Portal

    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 you 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
  • Online Career Resource Library

    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.

  • Industry-Specific Career Guides

    Our career advisors created 24 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.

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