Parents' Frequently Asked Questions

When should my student begin to utilize the Fleishman Career Center?
What can my student do with a liberal arts major?
What if my student doesn’t like the major they’ve chosen?
Can I visit and/or meet with a career counselor to discuss my student’s career options?
May I attend counseling appointment with my student?
Where can I find information on career events taking place at BU?
Does the Fleishman Career Center help students find internships?
What help is available if my student can’t decide on a major?
What can my student do to enhance their chances of finding a good job?
How important is GPA when looking for a job?

When should my student begin to utilize the Fleishman Career Center?
It is never too early for your student to take advantage of the services offered by the Fleishman Career Center. We encourage students to visit the office during their first or second year to discover the variety of services offered. Many students use their first semester to "settle in" to college life, and so perhaps the spring semester of the freshmen year is the optimal time to start using the Fleishman Career Center services. The Fleishman Career Center can help with choosing a major, exploring career options, and making decisions. The Fleishman Career Center's Career Planning Guide suggests steps students should take to help advance their career during each year of study. 

What can my student do with a liberal arts major?
With the proper experience, skills and planning, a student can enter many career fields with any major. While some employers do prefer certain majors, many will consider a candidate with any major who has the skills and experience they seek. It is important to look at the total educational experience rather than expecting one's major alone to provide career preparation. If a student majors in a topic they enjoy, they tend to be a better student and thus obtain good grades. Outside of the classroom, it is important for students to test and develop their transferable skills that will make them more marketable to employers. 

What if my student doesn’t like the major they’ve chosen?
Many students change their mind regarding their major. If your student is pursuing a particular major and realizes it is not a good fit, encourage him/her to talk to a career counselor in the Fleishman Career Center who can help evaluate options and explore other majors. 'Choosing a Major or Career' offers tips for making good decisions about a major.

Can I visit and/or meet with a career counselor to discuss my student’s career options?
We are happy to provide parents and family members with information regarding our services and resources. However, a university student needs to assume responsibility for his/her own career development and decisions and take the necessary steps to obtain assistance. Please let your student know that counselors in the Fleishman Career Center will be happy to meet to discuss career concerns. 

May I attend a counseling appointment with my student?
College students have reached the stage in their life when they need to take over as the manager of their own career. It is in his/her best interest to speak and act on their own behalf at appointments, job fairs, or job interviews. Refrain from going too far in your efforts to help. This could hurt your student's prospects.

Where can I find information on career events taking place at BU?
Visit the Fleishman Career Center’s website and click on Programs & Events.  All workshops, fairs, events, and programs will be listed here along with date and time.  Students can access the list of employer recruiting events (i.e. application deadlines, interviews or information sessions) through their hireBING account.

Does the Fleishman Career Center help students find internships?
The Fleishman Career Center has various resources to help students research internship opportunities. hireBING is available to all matriculated students. Employers post both paid and unpaid internship opportunities in this online system.

The Fleishman Career Center's Academic Internship Program is one way for undergraduate students to earn academic credit for internships offered year-round. Also, the Internship section of our website links to internship search engines as well as resources to aid in the internship search.

What help is available if my student can’t decide on a major?
The Fleishman Career Center offers a variety of assistance to students on choosing a major. Visit the Choosing a Major or Career section of the Fleishman Career Center website for resources. We also suggest that a student meet with a counselor to discuss possible majors relative to his/her interests. Majors do not need to be declared until the end of the sophomore year. The first two years can be utilized by your student to determine which major is the best possible fit. 

What can my student do to enhance their chances of finding a good job?
There are many things students can do to increase their chances of finding a good job. First, is to choose a major they enjoy and in which they can excel. Next, is to gain marketable and relevant experience through volunteer work, internships, extracurricular activities, and classroom projects. Encourage your student to visit the Fleishman Career Center for help with resume and cover letter preparation as well as to ensure he/she is utilizing all available services. Lastly, networking is extremely important. The more contacts a student has, the better the chance of getting a foot through the door. Introduce your student to contacts in your own network and encourage utilization of the Binghamton University Alumni Association Professional Network on LinkedIn.

How important is GPA when looking for a job?
Good question. Many employers use GPA as a screening tool for entry level positions, especially in competitive fields. Some employers use GPA cutoffs in considering applicants. Other employers stress the student's overall background including factors such as: work or internship experience, leadership activities, etc. The best candidates are typically ones who have challenged themselves, communicate well, present themselves professionally, have a positive attitude, and are genuinely interested in the career field.

PROFILE OF THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT

   No one major, GPA or activity leads to career success. The successful student exhibits a combination of successful    
   attitudes, behaviors and intellectual capacity, including:
  • Getting good grades in a major they enjoy (3.0 or higher, NACE Job Outlook 2012 survey)

  • Actively participating in extra/co-curricular activities such as internships, volunteering and student
    organizations (leadership experience and involvement in clubs, sports, or student government influence
    employer hiring decisions - NACE Job Outlook 2012 survey)
    .

  • Gaining relevant work experience (high on employers' wish list for candidate attributes; preference for
    internship or co-op - NACE Job Outlook 2012 survey)
    .

  • Intentionally networking with professionals in their fields of interest (Networking is the #1 way of
    finding a job, BU Senior survey, 2012)


  • Professional demeanor (qualities such as interpersonal skills, work ethic, appearance, and communication
    skills impact hiring decisions and promotions – York College 2012
     Professionalism Study)

 

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Last Updated: 8/26/14