How Can I Help?

As parents, we recognize that you can assist with the career efforts of University of Rochester students. Please review the items below and select the appropriate links.

How can I help current UR students?

Sending a Posting: If your company/organization has a need for an intern or new entry-level employee, please consider sending us a posting!  Your job or internship posting will be entered into our online recruiting system, Handshake, and promoted to students via email and posters on campus.  Postings may be directed to

Networking/Serving as a mentor: As a parent, you can serve as a mentor to a current student though in-person meetings or just email and phone conversations about your company and/or career field! You could also consider joining us for a panel discussion, presentation or networking event! These opportunities are scheduled formally throughout the year or can be informally based on student interest and your desire to help!  If you are interested in mentoring or participating in a networking event, contact Michelle Marks-Hook (

How can I help my son or daughter?

Encourage your student to make his or her own choices: You may be tempted to encourage your student to major in a particular area because it is a “HOT” field. Reality is that there is no such thing as a major that guarantees a job. Solid career decision making is based on a student’s values, interests, personality and skills. Encourage your student to pursue something that reflects who he/she is.

Encourage “real world” experiences and co-curricular activities: Helping and encouraging your student to arrange shadowing experiences, part-time jobs and internships in fields of interest can be very useful. Co-curricular activities that offer opportunities to demonstrate leadership, communication abilities, teamwork, time management, and other career-related skills will help your student prepare for the world of work. These “soft” skills are highly sought after by employers.

Offer support and a listening ear: Don’t ask the dreaded question: “What are you doing with your life?” This question often causes panic if it cannot be answered. Instead, encourage your student to begin to research his/her options early in their academic program. Offer to help research different areas. Be encouraging if they are getting frustrated.

Recommend visits to the Career Center: We have a large staff with many areas of expertise. We offer a wide variety of services, from career counseling and resume critiques to on and off-campus career and internship fairs for your student. We can also help students make decisions about majors.

Be prepared for and accepting of change: Statistics show that on average the number of times students change majors ranges from two to SEVEN! Your student’s career plans may shift significantly throughout his or her college career.