Parents play an integral part in their student's career development. For many students, their career goals are a reflection of their family and their academic experiences. Once your child is in college, we hope that you will continue to encourage his or her career development by suggesting that your student seeks assistance in The Center for Career & Professional Development starting his or her first year at Lehigh.
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At The Center for Career & Professional Development, we assist students in their career exploration through one-on-one career counseling appointments, supervised career and personality assessments, research in our library, and a variety of targeted workshops and events. To help parents and students figure out what the next step in career development and decision-making, we have developed the Career Development Journey. This guide is a basic layout of what students should be doing to help themselves achieve their career goals.
We strongly encourage all students to seek out various types of hands-on experiences to learn more about their chosen fields and to discover if what they have chosen is a good fit for them. These experiences can include informational interviews, externships, internships, Co-op, and volunteer experiences. Students should also become involved in the dozens of campus activities and organizations to expand their horizons outside of the classroom, to learn more about the campus community, and to be a part of campus leadership. Through on-campus involvement, students will learn more about themselves and their strengths and skills, which can translate into a positive career-decision making process.
During junior and senior years, students begin deciding their next steps after graduation, whether the next step is graduate or professional school, or full-time employment. This decision can be challenging, and we are available to help in creating a personalized search.
Each year, hundreds of organizations post internship and full-time positions on Handshake, our career management platform, and approximately 250 companies participate in our On-Campus Interviewing program. All full-time Lehigh students may benefit from utlizing the Handshake platform. We also encourage students to network and build relationships with alumni. Through the Lehigh University Alumni Group on LinkedIn, students can interact with alumni and begin making important connections.
The Center for Career & Professional Development strives to help your student learn more about the world of work and teach him or her the necessary skills for career management.