Career Conversations with Your Student
Office of Career Services
Activities Building West
Current Students, use MyWheelock to make an appointment. (click on Appointments to search the Career Services calendar for an open appointment.)
Alumni, contact Director Kelly Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-879-2056
Here are some questions to start a career conversation with your student:
- Talk to them about their interests, skills and abilities. Ask what they perceive as their greatest skills and abilities and then share what you see as their talents and strengths. Do they overlap? If not, discuss why or why not. Brainstorm types of jobs/careers where those skills and abilities are used.
- Ask about what courses they like and majors of interest. Help them connect career options with those courses or majors. Use the What Can I Do With This Major link to look at the variety of career options connected to different majors.
- Talk about their involvement in clubs, organizations and community service. Ask why they have or have not engaged in extra-curricular opportunities at Wheelock. Discuss skills they are building through involvement.
- Review your student's resume. Based upon the resume, talk about skills/experiences they want/need to develop and brainstorm ways through curricular, co-curricular, volunteer, and job opportunities they can acquire these skills/experiences.
- Ask about their practicum, internship or Human Growth and Development placement. Discuss what they liked about the experience and what was most challenging. Ask about the students they worked with or clients they served. Talk about the importance of the experience and the types of projects they completed. Use these conversations to identify potential career paths, populations they want to serve or issues they want to address.
- Ask your student if there was one problem in the world they could solve, what would it be? How would they begin solving the problem? Connect the answers to majors and career options as well as opportunities for on and off-campus community involvement.