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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. 

An Aspiring Physician-Scientist

This is part of a series of posts by recipients of the 2021 Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they spent their summer. You …

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What Is a Think Tank?

This is part of a series of posts by recipients of the 2021 Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they spent their summer. You …

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CS Radio – Episode 141: Peer Career Advisor Sadie Butcher

Today we are joined by Peer Career Advisor and College of Arts and Sciences senior Sadie Butcher. We discuss how PCAs can support you in appointments, when you should start working with Career Services, how to communicate skills and responsibilities …

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Alumni Spotlight – Launching from Penn into Southeast Asia’s Dynamic Tech Scene

By Minju Song, WH’13

Looking back on my time at Penn, I most appreciate how diverse the learning opportunities were, both inside and outside the classroom. I recall alternating between hosting career networking sessions with the Wharton Korea Undergraduate Business …

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Exploring Social Impact and Entrepreneurship

This is part of a series of posts by recipients of the 2021 Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they spent their summer. You …

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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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T 9am-5pm
W 9am-5pm
TH 9am-5pm
F 9am-5pm