Welcome Parents. You are the most important influencer on your Cougar’s career decision-making progress! You can play an integral role as your student progresses through their time at the University of Houston. Wondering how you can help? Encourage your student to take the necessary steps and stay on track by having them to visit University Career Services early and frequently.
University Career Services offers a wide-array of services for current students and alumni, including:
Choosing a major and career can be a stressful and confusing experience for both students and parents. It is important that students explore their interests, personality preferences, ideal work environments, and values before arbitrarily deciding on a major or career. If your student is struggling with this major dilemma, encourage them to meet with a career counselor at UCS. Career counselors are trained to help students clarify goals using a variety of assessments and approaches.
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University Career Services offers Internship Services geared toward assisting currently enrolled University of Houston students in all phases of the internship search.
An Internship is a supervised pre-professional LEARNING experience, where students apply their skills and knowledge in a professional setting. This experience is directly related to a student’s major or career interest and offers a preview of what work in their chosen profession will be like.
Internships vary, and can be held over the summer or during the academic semester. Some internships can be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. Internships may also be eligible for academic credit when work content meets academic department requirements and eligibility.
Internships are very helpful in providing relevant, real-world experience in a work context that may be similar to what your student may purse after graduation. The 2014 NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Internship and Co-op survey shows that the conversion rate for interns rose this year to 51.2% from last year. Employers made full-time offers to 64.8% of their interns.
In order to be competitive in the job market after graduation, students need more than just a bachelor’s degree! Employers are looking for students who have previous work experience, even if unrelated, as well as effective communication skills, customer service skills, technical knowledge, demonstrated teamwork ability, and leadership ability. Globalization and diversification are the current trends in the world of work, so having a wide array of experience and knowledge is a necessity.
Students can enhance their employability by:
At University Career Services, we hold the belief that teaching students the ins-and-outs of the job hunt is more beneficial than placing students in jobs. Long gone are the times when you would work in one position and one company for your career, so job search skills are increasingly important in this age of non-linear career paths. Encourage your son or daughter to meet with a career counselor early to help improve his/her employability. Have your student review The Successful Job Search Handout to help them navigate the job search process.