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. 

CS Radio – Episode 172: Careers (The Board Game!)

Our holiday special and final episode of the year! In this episode, Michael and Natty are joined by special guests Emily Barrale and Jackie Moriniere, and they’re playing the Careers board game! Follow along as the team navigates the pursuit …

By J. Michael DeAngelis
J. Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager, co-host CS Radio
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Goodbye Fall 2022!

As we enter the waning days for Fall 2022, the Career Services team would like to take a moment reflect on the past semester.  With a return to in-person career fairs and campus events, it felt much more like pre-pandemic …

By Barbara Hewitt
Barbara Hewitt Executive Director
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CS Radio – Episode 171: Ella Studdiford & Sydney Breslow, Two Different Paths to the Same Job

This week we have not one but TWO great guests! Join Michael and Natty as they chat with Ella Studdiford and Sydney Breslow – the newest members of the Career Services family!

Ella is a graduate of Lehigh University, where …

By J. Michael DeAngelis
J. Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager, co-host CS Radio
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I’m 4’11”. Remote Work Means No One Can Look Down on Me.

Heels or no heels? At 4’11”—fun-sized, as I like to joke—I’ve frequently sacrificed my feet to gain a few inches, especially in the office. You know the saying, “Dress for the job you want”? No matter where I’ve worked or …

By Deepa Lakshmin - The Muse
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While we now use online job boards and Zoom meetings in place of classified ads and formal handshakes, one thing remains the same: A good resume can speak volumes about you, before you even open your mouth. Your resume is …

By Amber Rorris-Crow - The Muse
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