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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. 

CS Radio – Episode 127: “Introverts in the Spotlight”

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Are you an introvert and worried about how you might succeed in a bustling, extroverted industry? Michael and Mylene explore ways to find the role that is right for you even if it doesn’t appear to be at first glance.

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager Michael DeAngelis
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Starting a New Job Remotely Can Be Scary—Here’s How to Impress Everyone Right Off the Bat

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As if starting a new job wasn’t already daunting enough, you may now be faced with the challenge of starting a new job remotely, without ever meeting your colleagues in person. This might be happening during the coronavirus pandemic—and hey, …

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Introverted? Why Not Try Showbiz!

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I recently came across this excellent short over on the Indeed.com blog about various careers in the film industry that are great fits for introverted people. I myself am an introvert – yes, even as the host of a podcast …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager Michael DeAngelis
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CS Radio – Episode 126: “Dust Off Your Resume”

CS Radio Episode 126 Dust Off Your Resume

The start of a new year is always a good time to revisit your resume. Michael and Mylene discuss some options you might want to consider when looking at your resume in 2021.

Show Notes:

How to Add Extracurricular Activities …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager Michael DeAngelis
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Lowering the Cost of Applying to Med School: AAMC Fee Assistance Program

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The AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) provides people who qualify with a free MCAT Prep bundle of online products, a reduced registration fee for the MCAT, free access to the MSAR, and waived AMCAS fees up to 20 schools.  This …

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