From Career Services
THE LOOK OF PARTNERSHIP
Many of our students rely on parents and relatives as a dependable source (partner) for help in making career decisions. One recently told me his father knew him better than he himself did and so could credibly recommend suitable career directions. Not surprising, but what exactly is that role in this very important aspect of development? Many parents and relatives serve as career role models, as contact persons for job openings, as a motivator for their student to make a decision, as a wise person with special insights about the character and skill of their particular child, as the first “employer” teaching work habits, as a teacher of God’s love and calling on their lives, as a supporter to the student entering the work force for the first time, as a financial resource for those education expenses ... the list goes on. I hope you recognize how influential you really are.
How does your student integrate all the available past and present information into best future plans? Unfortunately, many times career decisions can unknowingly be misguided or become mishaps if made independently in a trial and error fashion with bits and pieces of information. Because of this possibility and because the scope of career development is now covering the life span, not just the college years, it becomes even more important for us to work together (partner) to equip your student to accomplish this important task. After all ...
Ideally we can all hope for a suitable career match and straightforward path, but most of us know there are events and circumstances that could shape a different path despite well-intentioned planning. With this in mind, it becomes advantageous to prepare for these inevitable diversions and a marketplace that itself embodies fast change. Your student must be responsible for his or her own career management in these changing times and learn how the dots connect. It is not the college, nor the parent or the employer who will take this on. And so we promote and partner for strong career management planning.
The more strategic approach for us, then, is to educate our students to the possibilities and equip them to be life and career problem solvers and designers, seeking God’s guidance at every turn. To do this they will use knowledge of who they are, what they can do, where they want to work, and how the job market operates to make these decisions. Since career changes and continued learning are more common than ever before, our students will face these challenging decision-making times more than once.
Shortcuts don’t usually accomplish what is needed. As an example, your student may think quick, easy resources such as the Internet or a resume at job-seeking time may be adequate. However, these resources alone are not enough to reach the goal of finding suitable employment. The job market may be weak or strong, but the competition remains heavy for the better positions. It is the confident, personable, well-directed, prepared and skilled employee candidate that gets hired.
Toward that end, the George Fox University Office of Career Services delivers services in the areas of career information and education, employment resources, field experience or internships, graduate school information and career counseling/advising. As parents, you undoubtedly do the same. We must all stress to our students the value in taking steps to manage their career path well, starting early with regular Career Services contact. It is a pleasure to join (partner) with you, working toward career maturity in your student. This in turn, hopefully, will equip them at each stage to navigate satisfactorily through life and work. Thank you for the contributions you’ve already made and will make in the life of your student.
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