Parents, Friends & Family

Parents are welcome to contact the Office of Career Services with questions or concerns about their students.  We also invite your participation in our programming if you wish to become involved in our Maroon Mentors program (follow link for details and registration).

On-Campus Jobs for Current and New Deposited Students

The various offices and work sites on campus greatly depend on student employees to fill a number of work positions throughout the year.  About 300 student positions are filled annually, ranging from office assistants, to grounds workers, to cafeteria assistants, and even some opportunities that may be able to carry internship credit as well (such as for accounting students who might want to work in our Business Affairs office, or students who may wish to work in our PR office).   Work sites will use students who are approved for work-study as part of their FAFSA approval process, as well as students who do not qualify for work-study.  Each job posting should indicate the restrictions for the respective posted student job opportunity.  (Questions about work-study?  See Financial Aid Office in Roselawn.)

Students access listings of currently-available on-campus jobs through Handshake, our secure online jobs and internship site.  All students have access to this site.  New incoming students usually obtain access to Handshake within 48 hours of registering for classes for their first semester.  The student link for Handshake is  - use your RC user name and password to enter.  In the top toolbar, select Jobs, and then on the resulting page, select On-Campus (or other category as is applicable).   It is advisable to check this site often, as we never know when campus employers will post a need, though the busiest times will be as we near the end of one semester, moving into another. 

Handshake is also used to post off-campus jobs and paid internships, with access through the same link as given above.  Many local employers will post part-time jobs for students, from retail, to child care, to tutoring. 

Opportunity Knocks!!!!

Parents - Do you have friends or colleagues who might be able to assist Career Services with internships and/or job opportunities for our students and graduates?  Complete this short online referral form.  We appreciate all leads!

Career Services Activities during Family Weekend

Career Services Appointments with parents and their students - must be scheduled in advance through Career Services!
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Fowler Alumni House
For more information, contact

A Parents' Guide to Career Development

The most valuable things parents can do to help a student with career planning are:

  • Listen
  • Be open to ideas
  • Help your student find information

Here are eight more things you can do to help:

1. Encourage your child to visit the career center (and you go too!)
Next time you visit campus, drop into the career services office and pick up a business card from one of the career counselors. When your son or daughter is feeling anxious about his/her future, offer the card and say, "Please call this person. He (or she) can help you."

Many students use their first semester to "settle into" college life, and so the spring semester of the freshman year is the optimal time to start using career center services. Ask your student (in an off-handed way), "Have you visited the career center?" If you hear, "You only go there when you are a senior," then it's time to reassure him/her that meeting with a career counselor can take place at any point-and should take place frequently-through out a college career.

Many centers offer a full range of career development and job-search help, including:

  • Mock interviews
  • A network of alumni willing to talk about their jobs and careers
  • A library of books (including an online library of information) on a wide range of careers
  • Workshops on writing resumes and cover letters
  • A recruiting program
  • Individual advising

2. Advise your student to write a resume
Writing a resume can be a "reality test" and can help a student identify weak areas that require improvement. Suggest that your student get sample resumes from the career center.

You can review resume drafts for grammar, spelling, and content, but recommend that the final product be critiqued by a career center professional.

3. Challenge your student to become "occupationally Iiterate."
Ask: "Do you have any ideas about what you might want to do when you graduate?"

If your student seems unsure, you can talk about personal qualities you see as talents and strengths. You can also recommend:

  • Taking a "self-assessment inventory," such as the Myers-Briggs Type
  • Talking to favorite faculty members
  • Researching a variety of interesting career fields and employers

A career decision should be a process and not a one-time, last-minute event.

4. Emphasize the importance of internships
The career center will not "place" your child in a job at graduation. Colleges grant degrees, but not job guarantees, so having relevant experience in this competitive job market is critical.

Your son or daughter can sample career options by completing internships and experimenting with summer employment opportunities or volunteer work.

Why an internship?

  • Employers are interested in communication, problem-solving, and administrative skills, which can be developed through internships.
  • Employers look for experience on a student's resume and often hire from within their own internship programs.
  • Having a high GPA is not enough.
  • A strong letter of recommendation from an internship supervisor may tip the scale of an important interview in their favor.

5. Encourage extracurricular involvement
Part of experiencing college life is to be involved and active outside the classroom. Interpersonal and leadership skills-qualities valued by future employers-are often developed in extracurricular activities.

6. Help your student to stay up-to-date with current events
Employers will expect students to know what is happening around them. Buy your student a subscription to the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal.

7. Teach the value of networking
Introduce your student to people who have the careers/jobs that are of interest. Suggest your son or daughter contact people in your personal and professional networks for information on summer jobs. Encourage your child to "shadow" someone in the workplace to increase awareness of interesting career fields.

8. Help the career center
Call your campus career center when you have a summer, part-time, or full-time job opening. The staff will help you find a hard-working student. If your company hires interns, have the internships listed in the career center. Join the campus career center's career advisory network and use your "real world" experience to advise students of their career options.

By Thomas J. Denham. Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.

Career Development is a Four Year On-Going Process, Not Just a Senior-Year Panic!   

(printable version of Four Year Plan)

The primary mission of the Office of Career Services is to help Roanoke College students and alumni establish career objectives and initiate steps designed to meet individual career goals, whether they plan to seek full-time employment or admission to graduate school once they graduate from Roanoke.  This mission follows that as recommended by the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) Professional Standards for College and University Career Services.   Career planning is a developmental process that should begin when students are freshmen and continue throughout their college careers (and sometimes beyond).  We encourage students to begin in the freshman year with self-assessment and career exploration. Career Services offers to support the work of academic advisors by administering and interpreting with students the Strong Interest Inventory to help clarify their respective areas of strength.  During the sophomore through senior years, we recommend that students become involved in summer jobs, internships, externships, and volunteer work to build experience on which to seek professional positions. Students spend the latter part of the junior year and the entire senior year preparing to search for and acquire employment and/or advanced study commensurate with their needs and academic experience.  To help accomplish all of these needs, Career Services offers a number of events and programs throughout the academic year to assist students and graduates, including workshops and class/group presentations on a variety of topics, job and internship fairs, alumni career programs, graduate school information sessions and fairs, targeted employer information sessions and/or tables, and programs hosted at employer sites in the business community.  A great amount of time is also spent with students working on their individual documents needed as part of the job or graduate school search, such as resumes, cover letters, personal statements, and others.   

The Office of Career Services provides a wide range of professional services to assist students in planning their future education and/or careers. Examples of student questions addressed by the Career Services staff include:

•·         "I don't have any idea of what I want to do when I graduate. Where do I start?"

•·         "What can I do with a major in...?"

•·         "Which companies recruit on campus?"

•·         "What kind of jobs do liberal arts majors pursue?"

•·         "Can you help me arrange an internship?"

•·         "Can you give me information about graduate schools?"

•·         "What do I put on my resume?"

•·         "What do I say in an interview?"

We also serve as a campus resource regarding career development information.