It’s natural to wonder what’s next for your bright, high-achieving college student. In the case of career planning, the answers aren’t meant to come quickly. Your child is going through a process of self-discovery and career exploration. Career readiness will naturally evolve as students learn more about themselves, Tufts, and the world beyond campus.

The Tufts Career Center offers a broad spectrum of services, programs, and resources to support your child. Our mission is to foster transformational experiences which shape the lifelong professional, academic and personal development of Tufts students and alumni, and our vision is that every Jumbo is prepared for a lifetime of fulfilling career opportunities. Our support is available as a lifelong resource to alumni.

View the Career Coaching page for more on the Career Center philosophy and our FAQs page for answers to the most common questions from parents.

Check out the Tufts Career Guide for Undergrad Students (PDF)

Fall 2019: Tufts Career Center course just for First Years!

Design Thinking for Career Exploration: Creative Strategies for First-Years
With lots of amazing courses, co-curricular activities, and more ahead of you at Tufts, this course teaches you to harness the creative power of design thinking to explore college and life experiences that are meaningful to YOU. An emphasis on how to build the core competencies and career readiness that employers are looking for will also be included in this course. Through fun and engaging activities, field-based experiences,as well as alumni, student and employer guest speakers, you'll learn to use design thinking to get a jump on the career exploration process. Let’s ideate, prototype and test together! Students can find the course (6 weeks, 1 SHU) in Tufts SIS.

Supporting Your Student

Even though your child may be far from home, you still play an important role in his or her career decisions. Studies show that children are heavily influenced by parental views and expectations about careers. Encourage your student to explore new things and visit our office early.

Our career advisors are available through appointments and drop-in hours to support students with everything from assessing competencies and career readiness, writing a resume or cover letter and exploring careers and majors to finding internships and jobs and preparing for interviews. In addition, we have a wonderful team of professionally-trained Career Fellows, energetic Tufts students who work with fellow Jumbos both in the Career Center and around campus. In particular, we encourage first year students and those who are new to the Career Center to stop by during drop-in hours in the Campus Center (hosted by our peer Career Fellows), Dowling Hall or other locations across campus to get a helpful introduction to our office.

We encourage you to look through our website to get a full picture of the programs and resources we offer.