Advising Students on Career

Your students see you as a reliable expert on the subject you teach. But they also likely believe you’re a valuable resource when it comes to sharing tips and guidance on navigating their career path. With some simple planning and thoughtful considerations, you can prove your students were right––you are an excellent source of advice.

Below are a few simple ways you can support your class.

Raise Awareness of Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) Resources and Website

Promote OCPD Community and Campus Events

  • Partner with OCPD to Host Career-Specific Alumni Panels for Students to Attend
  • Check OCPD Website Monthly for Events
  • Announce Upcoming Events to Students – Emphasize Why They are Useful
  • Send Email Flyers & Reminders to Students Prior to Events
  • Offer Extra Credit to Students Who Attend Events

Bring OCPD Into Your Classroom

  • Consider Spending the First or Last 5 minutes of Your Class Discussing the Issues that are on your Students’ Minds:
  • Invite an OCPD Representative to Your Classroom: Email toSchedule a Visit for All or Part of a Class Session
  • Invite Outside Experts/Alumni/Current Students to Classroom: Consider In-person or Virtual Visits to Your Classroom from Those who can Share Career and Intern Experiences and Journeys
  • Utilize LinkedIn to Find Alumni Interested in Helping U of R Students with Their Career Development Needs
  • Build a Career Assignment into Your Course. Examples of these Include: Research of Future Employer or Profession; Informational or Mock Interviews; and Discussions of Transferable Skills
  • Explore Career Communities with Students 

Here are several ways you can advise your students: Talking About Career & Professional Development

Explore Connections Between Students’ Majors & Potential Careers

Help Students Find Jobs/Internships – Foster Student Networking with Professionals and Alumni

Help Students Sharpen Their Job-Getting Skills

Help Students Apply for Grad School

This resource was created by Career Faculty Fellow, Sharon Lang