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Things to Know

  • Parents and other family members have enormous influence upon student's career thoughts and decisions. Your involvement in the following ways can help your student in the career development process:
  • Visit CORC when you come to campus, and advise your student to check out our user-friendly career center on the 3rd floor of the Johnson Library. Our staff loves to have students, alumni, family, and friends drop in to ask about our resources.
  • Suggest that your student (even first years) make an appointment with a CORC career counselor. It's advantageous for students to get an early start on thinking about potential connections between their academic studies and work.
  • Recognize that your student's academic concentration alone may not clearly define a career path. Career choices are influenced by interests, skills, and values that emerge from academic courses, volunteer activities, internships, and work experiences.
  • Help your student cultivate networking skills by suggesting names of friends, neighbors, relatives, business associates, and community contacts for an information interview
  • Encourage your student to try out career ideas through short-term work experiences such as internships, summer jobs, or volunteering.
  • Many students feel a lot of pressure to make the "right" career or graduate school choice, fearing that a misstep could hinder them. Reassure your student that any decisions made at this stage in life are not irreversible and that experimentation is a normal part of the career development process.

Contact Us

Career Options Resource Center
Harold Johnson Library, Third Floor
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Fax 413.559.6148

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