A return to the nest? Parents getting
involved in job searches
For the Class of 2000, career opportunities seemed limitless.
What a difference two years makes.
the glory days of "dot-coms" fade into the past and
an economic slowdown chills job hopes in the near future, many
college students are nervous and so are their parents.
recent national survey conducted by the Collegiate Employment
Research Institute at Michigan State University found that this
years graduates can expect a 6 percent to 13 percent decrease
in job opportunities, compared with last year. The tight job market
has pressured college students to start thinking about careers
sooner than ever before and fueled a national trend of parents
taking an active role in their childrens job hunts, according
to career counselors at the University of Virginia.
see the appropriate parental role as being one of giving children
both roots and wings," said Elly Tucker, career resources
manager at the University
Career Services Office. "But the roots seem to be easier
and more natural for some parents than the wings."
liberal arts education used to be valued for giving undergraduates
a broad understanding of diverse subjects and an ability to think
creatively, but in the current economy, students often
feeling pressure from their parents want to land immediately
on a career path, Tucker said. University Career Services is trying
are especially reaching out to liberal arts students to help them
capitalize on the analytical and communications skills that employers
value," she said.
with providing semester-long internship opportunities for fourth-year
undergraduates, the Career Services Office is helping younger
students investigate careers through externships that offer one-week
placements in a variety of fields around the country. The office
also encourages younger students to participate in extracurricular
activities, which can help them identify interests and provide
resume-building leadership opportunities.
can play a large role in a childs job search by offering
support and helping their children meet friends and contacts for
informational interviewing, Tucker said. And Career Services will
continue to do all that it can to help students. But ultimately,
its the students life and the students responsibility,
and the office tries to stress that with students and their parents,