College career-related learning

Once your children have entered college, you may not have as much influence or involvement in their plans and activities. If their career-related learning experiences in high school were beneficial, they will quickly look for similar opportunities in college. Without question, one of the most valuable things they can do in college is to participate in an internship.

Internships in college offer the opportunity to test out career direction as well as gain experience. They provide a source of excellent references for the job search. They also offer one of the best sources for jobs after graduation. According to an annual Job Outlook survey done by Job Web, employers hired approximately one-third of their interns in 2002-2003.

Most colleges offer internships through their career centers. As you talk with your children about their classes and their plans, encourage them to look into internship opportunities.