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Parents & Families

As a parent or family member of a Merrimack College student, you have an impact on your student’s career development. In fact, students often identify their family members as one of the primary sources of career information and support. Because of this, we encourage parents and families to learn more about the resources and services we offer to our students so they will find it easy to transition from student to working professional.

Encourage your student to make an appointment with us.

One of the most important things your student can do early on in their college career is to make an appointment with our Center. Meeting with one of our Career Advisors will be beneficial to your student as they can learn important career related information that will help them transition from a college student to the workforce. Some of which include: resumes and cover letters, internship and co-op exploration, job searches, interview techniques and mock interviews, career exploration and decision making. To make an appointment, students can visit Advantage.

Stress the importance of Experiential Learning opportunities.

Experiential learning is a term used to describe hands-on learning; bridging theory and practice through activities such as internships, externships and co-ops. Experiential learning opportunities are both intentional and reflective, and are designed to guide students in constructing new knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing skills. Through this process, students hone in on areas of interest and further define career goals, while gaining a competitive advantage in the 21st century workforce.

Motivate them to explore the different online resources we offer.

We offer various different online resources for students to explore different careers and prepare them for their career or job search. O*Net Interest Profiler is an online career and education planning tool for use by college students to help find out what their interests are and how they relate to the world of work. Going Global offers international career information on topics such as job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines, employment trends, salary ranges, and more. Career Insider, powered by Vault, is the world’s leading source of Career Intelligence.  It features Vault’s best selling career and industry books, videos,  blogs, an internship database, and more.  Lastly, Interview Stream allows you to perform a mock interview through your computer as it prompts you with various questions and records your answers for your review.

Suggest researching different major and career paths they are interested in.

Students enter college at all different stages in their major and career exploration process. Some know exactly what they want to be and how to get there, while others have many unanswered questions. Whichever stage your student is at, we have various different resources to aid in this process. If your student has entered college as an undeclared major, they can utilize our Destination Exploration program to support all first and second year undeclared students as they navigate through the major and career decision making process. Your student can also research different major and career options by visiting What to do with this major. Booking an appointment with our Career Advising staff is always an option as well.

Encourage them to attend Career Events on-campus.

Each semester, we sponsor various different Career Events on the Merrimack campus. These events range from informational seminars, employer related events, and career fairs. Each of these events provides students an opportunity to learn more about the workforce through informational sessions or one-on-one encounters with employers. For a full listing of the Career Events we offer, refer to our Career Event webpage.

Suggest the creation or revision of a resume and cover letter.

Whether your student is an incoming freshmen or graduating senior, having a a continuously updating  resume and cover letter is essential. We, at the O’Brien Center, can help you with this process to ensure that your documents will help you land a job at whatever point in your college career you are at. Booking an appointment with a Career Advisor will allow for a crucial document review or reviewing What Employers Really Want: A guide to standing out in a stack of resumes will provide important information as you create or update your resume and cover letter as well.