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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. 

Lessons Learned from Virtual OCI

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For many law firms, on campus interviewing (aka OCI, EIP, EIW, etc.) is the main recruiting tool for hiring summer associates. Generally, firms travel all over the country to meet with students in back-to-back screener interviews—and determine which candidates to …

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The Paradox Of Career Choice

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The Big Question

When I first began mentoring college students, I thought it was simply a coincidence that the students I was meeting happened to be consumed by the same nagging question. As more and more students shared the same …

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3 Remote Work Rules You’re Free to Break

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It’s likely that you’ve been working remotely (and from home) for more than a year. It’s also likely that, for more than a year, you’ve been reading article after article telling you how to work more effectively and productively while working …

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Looking Back…. And Forward

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Whew… we’ve almost made it through this incredibly strange 2020-2021 academic year.  Congrats to all of you, especially graduating students. We’ve muddled through zoom fatigue, social distancing, and have been faced with significant challenges throughout the pandemic.  For many, there …

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3 Career Lessons from Oscar-Winner Chloé Zhao

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On Sunday, Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color and only second woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. Zhao is the filmmaker behind Nomadland, a quiet and compassionate study of American itinerant workers who rely on …

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Career Resources

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