How to help your student prepare for their career during the summer:
Catch-Up/Get Ahead: Taking a Summer Class
After a tough spring semester, taking a summer class may be the last thought on the mind of your student. Your student may not know that summer classes can be a quick way to make up for not taking 15 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters or to get ahead and finish their degree early. There are three different ways that your student can take a summer class: Maymester which lasts May 18th until June 26th 2015, Module II which lasts June 15th until August 7th, and a Module III which lasts July 13th until August 7th. Here are some advantages of your student taking a course this summer:
- Summer classes tend to be short. Usually six to eight weeks long.
- Summer classes are often less formal and more relaxed. Students often prefer summer classes due to this environment and the increased potential for interacting with the instructor.
- Due to the intensity of summer classes, students tend to take one or two at a time. This allows for students to give all of their attention to fewer courses.
- Summer classes are a great opportunity for your student to sample a major/minor that they want to explore. This allows for them to focus on the new subject, and the potential to continue this exploration.
Summer classes are a great way for your student to gain new experiences and connections. It is important to note that financial aid often does not cover summer courses. If your student is interested in taking a summer course, have them contact the Financial Aid Office at 219-989-2301 to see what options they have to cover their tuition.
Utilize the Career Center
The Career Center at Purdue University Calumet offers your student a broad range of services for each phase of their academic career. A few of these services include:
- Career Planning
- Externships/Information Interviews/Job Shadowing
- Internship Search Strategies
- Resume/Cover Letter Development
- Interview Preparation
- Graduate School Preparation
- Job Search Strategies
- On-Campus and Off-Campus Student Employment Search
During the summer, your student will have more freedom to work a summer job, build up their resume, and prepare themselves for a career after graduation. Help your student utilize these resources during the summer. You can help them create their resume, or encourage them to attend a drop-in career advising review session. Your student can contact the Career Center during their office hours of 8am-4:30pm at 219-989-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Have them check out the Career Center website. Remember to give your student the encouragement and help that they need to further their future career!
Make Career Connections
The summer gives your student the freedom to make the best of preparing for their future career. The possibilities are endless in ways that your student can make new connections, create new opportunities, and gain experiences in methods outside of the customary classroom setting. Here are a few ways that your student can utilize their summer:
- Apply to an internship that is related to their career field. This will allow your student to gain hands-on experience, which is something that companies look for when your student begins applying to careers after graduation.
- Volunteer around the community. Students who are willing to go out into the community and make connections are more likely to have success in their career after graduation.
- Study abroad. Purdue Calumet offers many study abroad opportunities that will help your student gain experiential and discovery learning. They can also gain class credit. For questions about your student studying abroad, contact the International Affairs Office-Education Abroad at 219-989-2861 or email@example.com.
The summer is a great time for your student to continue their education outside the classroom. By making connections, gaining hands-on experience, and stepping outside of the classroom setting, your student will make themselves sought-after on the career path that they take after graduation.