Maximizing your Summer: Tips from the Office of Career Planning

Summer can be a great time for your student to get a jump-start on career decision-making. The Office of Career Planning is available to support your student at every step of the process -- we’re available for appointments all summer long!

While your student enjoys a break from classes and time to relax and rejuvenate, it’s also important for her to maximize her time and be intentional about how she spends it. Many students participate in internships over the summer, helping to solidify career interests and build experience. Encourage your daughter to explore opportunities available on CareerLink, Meredith’s resource for job and internship openings. Volunteering and job shadowing can be equally valuable. Employers tell us that college graduates should possess skills including communication, teamwork, and analytical thinking. They also expect to see career-related experience on resumes. Summer break is a great time for your student to build on her strengths, develop these key skills, and gain relevant experience while making professional connections.

Parents play a pivotal role in the career development process; being supportive of your student’s exploration and experiential learning will be essential to her success! Initiate conversations about your student’s academic and career plans. If your student is unsure of her career direction, encourage her to have informational conversations with professionals to learn more about various career paths -- this will provide her the opportunity to confirm interests and build her professional network at the same time. Help her develop contacts for information, advice, and assistance in career planning and job searching. Refer your student to colleagues, friends, and community members with experience related to her interests. Finally, encourage her to take advantage of the resources our counselors provide! Some of the ways the Office of Career Planning supports your student include:

  • Individualized career counseling            
  • Career planning courses   
  • Major & career exploration
  • Strengths development                       
  • Job search strategies                                      
  • Resumes, cover letters & interview preparation                                 
  • Job, internship, & co-op listings                                                                       
  • Grad school preparation
  • LinkedIn & social media strategies         
  • Connections with alumnae & employers through on-campus recruiting and events

Questions? Reach out to us at or 919-760-8341. 

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330