Parents FAQ: Introduction

The Career Services staff is here to help students (and alumni/alumnae!) sort out their choices and make decisions that lead to productive, fulfilling lives. This page provides an overview of career-related services for Penn students. Please click on the following links for answers to specific questions we frequently get from parents.

What Services Does Career Services Provide?

Career Services offers guidance on all aspects of career planning, job searching, and graduate study including the following:

  • One-on-one career advising. Students can schedule appointments through our online platform, Handshake, or drop by for our walk-in hours.
  • Resume and cover letter critiques.
  • Mock Interviews.
  • Career exploration workshops and assessments.
  • Customizable job and internship board, Handshake, with on average, 70,000 listings per year.
  • On-campus interviews. We run an extremely active On-Campus Recruiting program through which employers come to Penn to present their organizations to our students, as well as interview them for permanent positions and summer jobs and internships.
  • Career fairs.  We hold over a dozen career fairs each year across a variety of industries.
  • Employer information sessions.
  • Alumni connections: We bring alumni/alumnae to campus to participate in seminars on career fields and graduate study. Penn students also have access the QuakerNet alumni career directory.
  • Graduate and professional school advising. We assist students with the application process to graduate and professional schools, including advising on optimal application strategies and reviewing personal statements.
  • Post-graduate and summer outcomes information: Career Service collects and disseminates information on the post-graduate  and summer pursuits of Penn students and can give you a picture of what students from different disciplines, majors and schools have pursued.

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.