'Ohana means "family" in Hawaiian; however, it encompasses much more than the members of an immediate family. At Chaminade University of Honolulu, we strive to educate our students in family spirit, meaning that we hold them in high regard while supporting them throughout their development.
As a member of your student’s ‘ohana, you may find key points below to guide you as your student develops in their career. Much of this information was obtained from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Since 1956, NACE has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. Chaminade Career Services personnel are Tier 1 members of NACE.
Choosing a career is a process – and your student will go through this process at their own pace. While your student is developing on their academic and career path, you may be wondering how your student will launch into their career after graduation.
Doing well in classes and gaining good grades is important, and students do best when in a major that fits their skills and abilities. You might find that your undergraduate chooses to wait to declare their major, or changes majors during the course of their education. With the career as the end goal in mind, choosing a major can be frustrating or scary, especially if your student came to Chaminade University with a set career in mind.
With Career Services, you can support your student in the process by encouraging them to build their skills and learn about the work world early on, so that they might secure a future career that is challenging and rewarding. Below are recommended steps that students can take to increase their chances of finding a career that is a good fit, while providing more value to potential employers.
The Career Services office subscribes to a number of sites that offer career exploration. All of these tools can be found in the “Recommended Links” menu on Symplicity. Encourage your student to set up their Symplicity account using their Chaminade student ID# and explore now!
Maybe the most important thing a student can do to secure a job after graduation is to gain real work experience in the field. This may come in the form of internship, volunteer, or educational opportunities, such as student research or travel abroad. On October 24, 2014, Career Services is sponsoring the G.I.V.E. Expo to assist students in finding these opportunities.
Career Services encourages students to find opportunities as early as their freshman year. Students who transfer in to Chaminade should do as much as they can to secure learning experiences right away. Many students have the opportunity to participate in Service Learning projects through their classes, and can choose to continue in the project or find another opportunity to serve once the semester has ended.
Various departments offer academic credit for Study Abroad and other travel programs. By consulting with an Academic Advisor early, your student can effectively plan his or her courses to stay on track to graduate in 4 years.
Research shows that tapping into the resources offered by career services can increase the likelihood of getting a job offer.
While Career Services staff won’t “place” a student in a job, the Career Services staff teaches skills to help students find their way onto and up the career ladder, such as: how to conduct job searches, build effective resumes and cover letters, interview successfully, and dress professionally. Career Services also hosts events and workshops to promote career development.
Services at the campus career center are free for students and for alumni who have received their degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Adapted from National Association of Colleges and Employers “Grab and Go” for parents, www.naceweb.org.