You are our partners, and play a vital role in the career development of your student. We know that most college students look to their parents for advice and direction as they make life and career decisions, and of course you know their strengths and personal characteristics better than anyone. We hope you will encourage your student to connect with the Office of Career and Professional Development early during their years at HPU. Click to access the Four Year Action Plan which serves as a great conversation starter and a career-preparedness “to do” list. We are eager to connect personally and individually with your student to help map out a tailored plan of action.
If you sense that your student is reluctant to make an appointment to meet with one of our professional staff members, please encourage him or her to use our drop-in hours as a first step. Our well-trained Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are a great resource for help with resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and researching internships.
We invite you to join with us through the Panther Career Connection program. We value your input, the connections and opportunities you can share, and your support.
Please complete the Panther Career Connection form if you are interested partnering with HPU students and supporting our department.
As you endeavor to help your student define interests and chart a career path, the following Career Planning Course for Parents, developed by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) will be an invaluable tool.
Your son or daughter just left for (or returned to) college but doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what he or she wants to major in, let alone choose as a career. Don’t worry, this is not unusual, although you might wish your child had a little more sense of direction.
Choosing a career is a process students need to go through—and they go through the stages of this process at different rates of speed. The steps include:
Here’s your own career planning timetable:
The Job Shadowing Program is open to all students but is most beneficial for sophomores and second-semester freshman who have not yet committed to an academic major and career direction. Career & Internship Services will work with students to facilitate job shadowing experiences locally and in cities across the country. When possible, students will be connected to an HPU alumnus or HPU parent who is interested in assisting in this way.
Shadowing can occur during:
Spring Break, March 9-13, 2015
Fall Break, October 19-23, 2015
Winter Break, December 14-18, 2015 or January 4-8, 2015
Extended Summer Break, early May through late August
Locally throughout the academic school year
To participate as a host, please complete the Job Shadowing Form.
Details and Benefits for Host:
Details and Benefits for Student:
“Having a HPU student shadow me for a day was fun. The student got to experience a “day in the life of” a Special Event Designer with all of the craziness my job entails. We went to a planning meeting for ‘Rock the Block,’ our New Year’s Eve concert with fireworks. And the student went with me on a site visit where the client was interested in having live camels for a Wednesday hump day party. The student met many of my colleagues and interacted with other departments within the resort as well. This student had an eye-opening experience and I hope that I helped him determine if planning and designing for special events is a good career fit.”
Mariel Mackintosh-Eldridge ’01, CMP
Special Events Designer, Boca by Design
Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
“I am thankful that I was able to shadow three guidance counselors – one at High Point Christian Academy (K-12), one at High Point Central High School, and one at Grimsley High School, all very different schools. I also shadowed college career counselors at Wake Forest University and at UNCG. Instead of just reading about these jobs online, I had the amazing opportunity to meet with these professionals, ask questions, and observe their workplace firsthand. This helped me to realize that I want to work with college students in a university setting. I plan to pursue graduate school to prepare for a professional position as a counselor.”
Shannon Diehl, HPU Class of 2016, Human Relations major
Career Peer Ambassador