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Parents

Information for Parents & Families

For many young people, college offers a chance to try out new roles, to take more control over their lives and decisions, and to assert their independence. While some parents are excited by their child’s new-found sense of confidence, others find this stressful. As we know from countless career advising sessions, your opinion and approval matter tremendously. Our research has shown that parents, not faculty members or peers, have the primary influence on students’ career choices.

The fact is you really can help your child adjust to Penn. Express confidence in their abilities and affirm their ability to make decisions. This can make a significant difference in how your young adult makes the transition to college and then to life after Penn. Self-confidence is a fundamental asset in any field of endeavor and one way we all develop it is by knowing that there’s someone important who believes in us.  Career Services is also here to support your student throughout the career development process – whether that be exploring careers to find a possible fit, developing a resume for an internship, or applying to graduate or professional school.  Upon graduation, Penn students enter a wide array of industries and graduate programs.  If you are curious, take a few minutes to explore our post-graduate outcomes from previous classes or our Four Year Undergraduate Timeline.  Of course, please also encourage your student to take advantage of the many career development resources provided at Penn and to schedule an appointment with a Career Services advisor through our Handshake platform.

Please note that new Penn students will gain access to Career Services, including the ability to access Handshake and schedule appointments with career and pre-graduate school advisors, once their first semester has officially started. 

Government Matters

by Nithya Chekuri, COL ’23, Recipient of the Partnership for Pubic Service grant.

This spring, I interned with the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition. My first day, January 19, was the day before President Biden’s inauguration. Just …

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An In-Depth Report on Virtual Recruiting. (Spoiler: It’s Here to Stay)

The past year and a half has seen tremendous change in the way recruiting is conducted. The pandemic may have forced everything to go online in spring of 2020, but those of us in Career Services know that this was …

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6 Strategies For Gaining Perspective

The ability to focus closely on a pressing issue is an invaluable skill, especially at work. But what happens when everything seems urgent?

If you find yourself barely able to come up for air during a busy week, some perspective …

By Caroline Contillo - Idealist Careers
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Why Celebrate Juneteenth?

Illustration by Marian Blair

Alongside a growing number of employers across the country, the Idealist office is closed on Friday June 18 in celebration of Juneteenth (which falls on a Saturday this year), in commemoration of the official ending of slavery …

By Elyse Franko-Filipasic - Idealist Careers
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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Lead to a More Pet-Friendly Workplace

For many people, working from home during the pandemic meant getting accustomed to working alongside their pets. Not only did pets provide comic relief on Zoom calls, but being close to our animals has also offered some much-needed stress relief.

By Lakshmi Hutchinson - Idealist Careers
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Location

Phone
(215) 898-7531
Address

McNeil Building Suite 20
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Service Hours

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TH 9am-5pm
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