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FAQs for Parents

What types of services do you offer for my student?

We assist students from all majors and years with their career decisions and plans. We offer individual appointments with a career counselor, workshops, online listings for jobs and internships, a mentor network, an internship fair, and career panels and guest speakers throughout the year.

Careers

Emerson's Career Services offers online listings for jobs and internships, individual appointments with a career counselor, workshops, a mentor network, an internship fair, and career panels and guest speakers throughout the year.

How can I help my student plan for their career during their time at Emerson?

Career Services created the Undergraduate Career Development Timeline to help students plan out their future steps during their time here. We encourage all parents to review this timeline and to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

How does my student contact Career Services?

We are located at 216 Tremont Street on the sixth floor. Our phone number is 617-824-8586 and our email address is careers@emerson.edu.

How can I help my student choose his/her career?

As a parent, encourage your student to contact our office and speak with a counselor. Exploring and choosing a career is ultimately the student’s choice. He/she needs to investigate the many resources we provide.

My student has chosen a career area that I think is impractical. It won’t provide a good salary after graduation. What can I do?

What is most important and interesting to your student is what should lead to his/her choice of career. What seems “impractical” to some does not always seem that way to others.

However, do encourage your student to speak with someone in Career Services to get a realistic sense of his/her chosen industry. Your student will then have to decide how to proceed with that information, but he/she will have the tools to make educated decisions.

Can my student do an internship for credit? How does he/she find an internship?

Internships can be for credit or noncredit. They can also be paid or unpaid. Available internships can be viewed on eHire, our online job and internship database for current students and alumni.

Keep in mind there are specific guidelines and requirements for a student wanting to receive credit for an internship. Each major has specific prerequisites for enrolling in a credit-bearing internship. We encourage all students to review the student handbook and the requirements prior to their internship search.

By what year should my student have created a résumé and cover letter?

Most students will need a résumé and cover letter as they start applying for internships. Information about how to create a résumé and cover letter can be found on eHire. Career counselors are also available for résumé and cover letter reviews.

How does my student find out about the industry he/she is interested in?

We offer many events, workshops, and career panels through our special programming efforts. These include Career Week, New York Connection, and employer visits, among many others. Your student can find and register for all Career Services events by logging on to eHire.

My student does not know how to break into his/her field. Can he/she speak to alumni?

Yes. Your student should contact Career Services as well as search for a mentor through the Emerson Connections.

What if my student wants to relocate to New York, LA, or Washington, DC?

Our counselors are always available to answer questions about how to conduct a job search in a new city. They also accept phone and Skype appointments to work with students outside of Boston.

When it comes to physically making the move, we have moving guides for New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC that your student can pick up at our office, or view online in eHire.

As a parent, what is the best thing I can do for my student?

The most important thing you can do as a parent is to support your son/daughter through this process and encourage him/her to visit or contact Career Services. It is never too early to learn about careers and start planning what one can do with one's future.

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