Letter Home for Parents
Test-Driving Career Options Via Internships
The Career Services office advises students to think about taking the skills they are learning in the St. John’s classroom and using them to explore career options during the summer. Parents can encourage their students in this direction, whether it means pursing a new interest in neuroscience, medicine, politics, or sustainable agriculture, to name just a few paths. The Career Services staff can help students develop ideas for internships where they test-drive a particular career for two to three months, without having to make a larger commitment. For example, the staff can help research summer writing workshops, jobs with camps or conservation groups, or summer classes in statistics, economics or physics.
While a St. John’s education prepares students to do just about anything, it is important that at some point a student begin to narrow down possible choices. Investing the summer months in gaining clarity on a particular career can pay huge dividends once a student graduates. Career-related experiences can affirm or negate nebulous plans. They can also lead to substantial entries on a resume and even to actual job offers.
Thinking beyond the reading for this Thursday’s seminar can be hard for students--and even scary--but with parents’ urging and a little time spent with Career Services, those fears can be allayed. Students are welcomed to drop in at the Career Services office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or they can make an appointment by telephone (984-6066) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org.) The staff also enjoys speaking with parents, so they shouldn’t hesitate to call or email with questions or concerns.
Parents are also invited to join the Career Services team by becoming mentors. Parents have valuable experience in the working world, and those interested in sharing that with current students or recent alumni are urged to consider creating a mentor profile in Agora (the college’s career-related database.) Simply go to: www.myinterfase.com/sjcsf/mentor and follow the easy directions.
Thank you for entrusting your children to St. John‘s College. It is always the goal of Career Services to help students make the most of their education by mapping out practical, exciting, and lucrative paths.
-- Margaret Odell, director of Career Services