Students often identify their families as a primary source of career information and support and as this key resource, there are many ways that you can have a positive impact on your student’s career development.
- Become familiar with the services offered at The University Career Center (UCC), and encourage your student to visit our office early in their academic career.
- Encourage your student to get involved on campus. Active campus engagement will help your student learn some important things about their skills, preferences and interests and help prepare them for a successful internship or job search.
- Be an open, receptive sounding board for your student as they are considering various academic majors and exploring possible careers. Ask reflective questions about their interests, strengths and possible next steps. Encourage exploration.
- Work with your student to identify your relevant colleagues, alumni, friends and relatives to connect with for informational interviews and to expand their network.
Does a student’s major determine or limit their career choice?
For the most part, a student’s undergraduate major does not dictate their career path, as most majors will help a student develop broad knowledge and skills that can be used in a variety of settings. We suggest that students select a major that interests them. This typically leads to better academic performance and an ability to integrate what they are learning. For any career choice, it will be important for a student to complement their academic major with active campus involvement and leadership, meaningful work or volunteer experiences and internships. Have your student check out our alumni/ae profiles on UCAN to see the many unexpected places our graduates have ended up and how they got there.
Do you offer a test to help students figure out what they want to do?
We offer a variety of tools to help students narrow in on career options that are consistent with their interests, skills and preferences including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) CliftonStrengths (CS), and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII). To help students set appropriate expectations for what an assessment can offer, we ask that students schedule an appointment to speak with a career advisor before signing up for a test. They will also be introduced to other services and exercises that can be helpful.
Where do Michigan graduates end up?
The University Career Center conducts an annual first destination survey to see where our liberal arts graduates have landed. You can see the results of the most recent survey along with law and medical school application statistics on our website. For a more engaging glimpse into the first destination of recent grads, check out our alumni/ae profiles. For information on graduates outside of LSA, please contact those schools/colleges career services directly.
When should students start using The University Career Center?
To make the most of their Michigan experience, students should begin using The University Career Center as early as freshman year. Through our array of initiatives designed exclusively for first-year students, your young wolverine will secure a career coach who can help with choosing a major, exploring career options and planning out and reflecting on meaningful campus activities. They will also gain early exposure to internships and other experiential opportunities designed to help them develop their story and connect with alumni/ae and employers.
Do you have the contact information for the other career centers on campus?
Your student will have access to any and all resources available here at the University Career Center. Depending on their interests and where they are at in their career development process you are welcome to refer your student to both the University Career Center and their schools and colleges career center. We encourage you to visit Hire Blue to see the other career services office across campus.
Can we meet your staff members?
You are welcome to meet our team by visiting the Staff Directory