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Parent/Family Guide

Find out how your student can connect to their future through the Career Center.

Keep Your Student on Track to Career Success
Reminders and encouragements from you can make a world of difference in your student’s career preparation. Here are a few suggestions you can make to keep your student moving forward.

1st Year
During the first year at DePaul, encourage your student to take career assessments to identify how majors match with career opportunities and start gaining experience through on-campus student employment or volunteer work.

2nd Year
The Career Center offers a variety of workshops for students to build resume and interview skills. During your student’s second year, urge him or her to invest time in career-related events, meet with a peer career advisor to receive resume and cover letter feedback, and consider looking for internship opportunities on our Handshake career portal.

3rd Year
Now that your student is familiar with our career portal, motivate him or her to further develop a profile, post a resume and apply for an internship to gain valuable work experience. Once they have scored an internship, remind them to enroll in a University Internship Program (UIP) class in order to earn Experiential Learning credit. As a third year student, it’s a perfect time to nurture and develop connections by attending networking events and searching for career mentors through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network.

4th Year
Happy senior year! Encourage your student to fine-tune his or her interviewing skills by participating in mock interviews with an ASK mentor, connect with recruiters at DePaul’s job and internship fairs, and engage in On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) with Chicago’s top employers.​​