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Ahhh, the holidays…Won’t it be nice to have your son or daughter at home? It’s a season to catch up, spend time with family, and eat too much!

We think it’s also a good time to think about the future.

For busy college students, thinking about life after graduation can be overwhelming. Career planning is often put on the back burner — but it’s not something that should put off until senior year. Even freshmen can start taking steps to map out a plan. That’s why the Career Services Center created CareerMAP (My Action Plan).

Whether your student is considering graduate or professional school or heading straight into the work world, CareerMAP is a good place to start. CareerMAP is a simple four-stage process, with easy to follow checklists and numerous resources.

Visit the website to find out where your child is on the map:

  • Step 1: Self-Awareness and Career Exploration. What are my values, skills, and interests?
  • Step 2: Gain Experience and Learn About the Work World. Have you done an internship, volunteered, joined a club, or conducted research?
  • Step 3: Develop Career Management Skills. How do I demonstrate my potential to employers and grad schools?
  • Step 4: Implement Career Goals. Use everything you’ve learned to get into graduate school or land that job!

Here’s your chance to get engaged. Help your student navigate the future—it could be the most important gift you give this season.

Gifts to the Parents Fund support UD’s Career Services Center and help fund programs and initiatives that support your child’s success – both at UD and after graduation. To help contribute to your student’s success, please make a gift to the UD Parents Fund.

Be sure to take a few minutes this holiday season to start a conversation about what your student might want to do after graduation.

Happy Holidays!
Kate Lewis
Kate Lewis
Parents Fund Director