Parents/Family

Career Tips and Suggestions

  • Encourage your student to schedule a career appointment
    • FSB careers specializes in career exploration, industry research, resume and interview preparation, networking techniques and salary negotiation.
  • Emphasize the importance of getting experience
    • Employers look for professional skills developed through part-time work, on-campus experience or an internship. Companies often hire within their own intern programs and indicate that any work experience is valuable
  • Support involvement on campus
    • Interpersonal skills and leadership can be developed through activities. Encourage engagement with a student organization, case competition, or research with a faculty member. 
  • Encourage your student to explore careers and industries.
    • Discuss current goals, summer plans or post-graduation. Talk about their talents, strengths and areas of opportunity to connect, engage and build relationships with the career office, alumni, employers or faculty. 
  • Show the Value of Networking
    • Introduce your student to family or friends that have jobs or career fields of interest. Suggest informational interviewing, job shadowing or volunteering to increase awareness in various career fields. 
  • Industry Research
    • Students can stand-out to employers when they are knowledgeable about trends and changes within their industry and organization. Encourage your student to follow companies of interest on LinkedIn or other social media platforms.
  • Building Confidence
    • We encourage you to empower your student to ask questions and seek out additional help. Building career confidence early can help establish your student as a self-sufficient professional. 

 

Common Q & A

  • When should my student visit FSB Careers?
    • The earlier, the better. Although first year students may not be seeking out an internship or career path yet, FSB careers can help your student start to understand how to build their resume and networking skills to stand out. 
  • What is Handshake?
    • Handshake is a career platform for college students, employers and career services. Students can search for internships, full-time positions, find out about employer related events, connect with peers and professionals, and research companies of interest. All students have access to handshake by clicking on the “Careers” button from MyMiami. 
  • How can my student find an internship or job?
    • Along with Handshake, students can attend career fairs and networking events along with applying to company websites. Students should make an appointment with FSB Careers to to enhance their skills with resume writing, mock interviewing, networking tips and more. 
  • What is the difference between an internship and a co-op?
    • Internships are usually for one semester or over the summer. Students are encouraged to have multiple internships throughout their college career so they can try out a couple of different industries or roles. This can help determine what type of position or organization they would prefer to work in and what they would enjoy best. Co-ops may last for more than one semester. Students may take classes in the fall and then work for a company in the Spring semester. This type of rotation can sometimes go on for more than one year.
  • Are internships paid? What about housing allowance?
    • The majority of internships from employers through FSB are paid. As for housing, some companies are able to provide an allowance. Others may include housing consideration in the hourly rate or stipend. Students should ask about this once they have received an offer. 
  • What companies recruit at Miami University?
    • Hundreds of companies recruit our students during the academic year through job postings, professional development events and career fairs. Employers range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Check out our 2019 profile that includes statistics on internships, experiential learning, study abroad and employers.
  • How can career services help my student when they study abroad?
    • Even though your student may be abroad, they can still access Handshake to apply for future internships or full-time positions. They may also participate in virtual interviews upon the employer’s request.
  • My student has received multiple internship/job offers. What is the timeline for them to decide on the best offer?
    • FSB Careers has a  job and internship offer policy in place for students and employers. Students should seek out FSB Careers if they need additional assistance in weighing their options. 
  • My student has received multiple internship/job offers. Can they accept the first offer and later decline the offer for a better opportunity?
    • No. Reneging on a job offer is poor business practice and can show a lack of integrity. It displays a negative reputation for both the student and Miami University. There are also student consequences for reneging on a job offer per our  job and internship offer policy. We recommend that students decline an offer if it is not the offer they truly want or value. We highly recommend that a student should stop applying and interviewing once they have accepted an offer.