Career Coaching

The Tufts Career Center offers lifelong support to help your son or daughter navigate the career development process. As parents, you are an important partner in a student’s career journey. It might help you to review the wide range of fields in which different majors succeed and where Tufts graduates end up after graduation by major.

If your student is getting ready to start college, you may want to read about What Parents of Prospective College Students Should Know. And if your student is already in college, check out the four-year Career Planning Course for Parents from NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers). 

Starting a Career Conversation with Your Student

Ask open-ended, low-stress questions such as:

  • “Which of your classes do you enjoy the most?”
  • “In which activities have you been the happiest?”
  • “What excites you about this area of study/internship?”
  • “Tell me about _____"

Before you jump in offering advice you might ask:

  • “Would you like help with _____?”
  • “What can I (we) do to support you?”

Myths about the Career Center

Some students may not come to us because they believe one or several myths about the Career Center.  You can help us, and your student, by debunking these myths.

Myth: The Career Center only helps students interested in finance, engineering or technology.
Fact: Firms from these sectors are often the most visible campus recruiters as they hire a class of incoming employees each year and can anticipate those needs once the academic year begins. However, every field has its own formula for hiring and career advisors can educate your student about an industry’s hiring cycle and help he/she tailor a personal job search strategy.

Myth: The Career Center is only for seniors.
Fact: From work study jobs and internships, to exploring interests and developing a plan, career advisors can assist students from the moment they set foot on campus, and we offer specific programs just for first year students. Internships are one of the best ways for student to explore career fields, not to mention an essential prerequisite for building one's resume.

Myth: I have to have a career plan and know what I want to do with my life before I meet with the Career Center.
Fact: Our advisors enjoy helping students determine their interests, skills and values. We offer assessments and inventories to spark discussion. There's no need to have a 'set' plan.

Myth: The Career Center only helps students looking for a job, but I want to go to graduate school.
Fact: The Career Center reviews resumes, essays and personal statements and helps students prepare for grad school interviews. In addition to grades and test scores, other factors play an important role in graduate school applications, including internships and part-time jobs.