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. 

CS Radio – Episode 205: Associate Director Alison Howard

Michael and Natty brighten a rainy day by welcoming the newest addition to the Career Services team, Allison Howard. As the Associate Director for the grad student and postdoctoral fellow advising team, Allison brings a wealth of experience from her …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Associate Director, Communications & Technology
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CS Radio – Episode 204: Listicles!

Dive into the art of standing out with us in a special article review episode. This week, Michael and Natty dissect how to showcase your skills without work experience, navigate the world of AI-generated resumes, and master the cover letter. …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Associate Director, Communications & Technology
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CS Radio – Episode 203: Advice We Didn’t Take

Graduation looms on the horizon, but fear not! Dive into this week’s episode with Michael and Natty as they unwrap the thrills of Grad Fest and delve deep into the vault of career advice, including the pearls and perils they’ve …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Associate Director, Communications & Technology
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The Ultimate Career Assessment Test for Students (Free)

originally published on Forage

Written byZoe Kaplan

Edited by Emily Courtney

Updated on March 15, 2024

Forage puts students first. Our blog articles are written independently by our editorial team. They have not been paid for or sponsored by …

By Esther Ra
Esther Ra Associate Director, Nursing/Education/Social Work
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CS Radio – Episode 202: Career Myths Busted

Episode 202—We’re back from Spring Break! Join Michael and Natty this week as they dispel career myths from far and wide. Does your major determine your career? Is your GPA too low? Do internships even matter? We answer all these …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Associate Director, Communications & Technology
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Address

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3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Tuesday 9am-5pm
Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-5pm
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