Frequently Asked Question

How can I help with my student’s career development?

Parents exert an enormous influence on their student’s career decisions and can assist in many ways.

  • Encourage your student to visit the Career Development Center and explore a variety of career fields.
  • Discuss your experiences in college and the job world. Help your student reflect on what he or she wants from a career.
  • Share your experiences with interviewing, networking, and career decision-making.
  • Once your student has chosen a career to explore, help arrange informational interviews with coworkers, family, or friends in the same (or a related) career field.
  • Make a commitment to talk (and listen) to your student about career-related issues and challenges.

What services does Chuo provide?

We offer career advising, career courses, the Career Resource Library, business tips, job and internship listings, and on-campus and studies related opportunities. For more information, please see the services on our website.

What if student doesn’t know what he or she wants to do?

Most students enter college without a concrete idea of what subject to major in or what job they want to do. This is a very common experience. Your student can consider his or her interests and aptitudes to determine suitable majors and careers. We have a wealth of information and services to help students with their search, so please suggest that your student stop by the Center for assistance. In addition, read our Myths and Facts about Major and Career Choice to find out about some common misconceptions. Further, encourage your student to take our Basic Career Development course, which is designed to help students learn how to make career decisions like choosing a major.

What if my student wants to major in something that doesn’t seem practical?

On average, a college graduate will have 10 jobs throughout life.2 Adaptability, diversity, and transferable skills are important for a successful career, and a liberal arts degree provides these. Liberal arts majors learn to adapt to new situations and problems, communicate effectively, and think analytically. These are some of employers' most-desired qualifications. Parents may find it helpful to read our Myths and Facts about Major and Career Choice page, which addresses some common misconceptions about the economic viability of seemingly impractical majors.

What is an internship?

An internship is a chance for your student to gain experience in a career field before entering the job market. Internships can confirm a career choice or help a student realize that a particular field isn’t a good fit. Almost half of student interns receive offers for full-time employment after graduation by the organization where they interned. While some internships are paid, most are not because the emphasis is on skills and experiences that will give students an advantage in the job market. Most internships are one semester or summer long but can sometimes have a greater duration. The length of an internship is often negotiable.

When is the best time to look for an internship?

Companies recruit for interns at different times. For summer internships, most companies start looking in January, but companies with more competitive internships start in the fall semester of the year before. We recommend that students make early contact with their employers of choice to find out when intern hiring begins.

How can my student find an internship?

One of the best ways for students to get started is by enrolling in our career course, Job Search Strategies for Liberal Arts Students. Drop-in advising is also a great way to start the search process. is a jobs and internships board, and we have a brief guide to finding internships.

Can my student receive academic credit for an internship?

Your student should first check with their academic department to see if their department offers an internship course.

How can my student find a job?

One of job search services we offer is where students can browse postings for internships, part-time jobs, and full-time jobs from employers all over the country. We provide online job listings and other resources where students can access a variety of directories, listings, and organizations. We also have a brief guide to finding jobs.

Should my student work during college?

They gain:

  • Additional financial resources to cover personal expenses.
  • Exposure to the world of work.
  • Enhanced skills in communication, teamwork, time management, decision making, and customer service.
  • Exposure to additional resources and programs.
  • An opportunity to apply and observe some of the principles and techniques learned in the classroom.

What should students be doing if they are interested in graduate study?

Students considering graduate school can make an informed choice by carefully reading through the graduate school section of our web site. Also, students can talk to a career advisor about graduate school in drop-in advising. Suggest that your student develop relationships with faculty in your student’s area of interest, as it is important that your student be able to draw on a professor's knowledge and advice before and throughout their graduate studies.


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