Frequently Asked Questions

Parents & Families: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Parents & families are valuable resources in a student’s career journey, and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with all that CDPA has to offer.

 

Q: My student has not yet decided on a major or career options. Do you have resources to assist?

A: We can help!  The Office of Career Development & Placement Assistance offers appointments, programs, and events that target students who are "undecided" or still exploring majors.  Our career consultants are skilled in supporting students who are exploring or reconsidering their career focus. Consultants will frequently administer assessment instruments that clarify important aspects of career development such as interests, natural abilities, and values. The goal is to provide students with the information they need to make career decisions that are consistent with who they are and what they want from life.

 

Encourage your student to schedule an appointment with an Undecided Career Consultant today, and check out our resources for exploring careers.

Q: My student needs to secure an internship. Where should he/she start?

A: Pitt's Internship Guarantee is supported by our comprehensive Internship Prep Program (IPP).  It's never too early for students to get started with the program, which features several group workshops plus individualized support as students begin their internship search.  The IPP is a valuable resource- encourage your student to check out the schedule and get involved!

Q: What is your office's role in helping students find a job after graduation?

A: CDPA staff are committed to preparing students for the best job search possible and providing individualized assistance as they navigate the process. Our career fairs and other related career events offer students the opportunity to interact with hundreds of employers, secure on-campus interviews, and network with Pitt alumni. In addition, many employers post job opportunities on FutureLinks, which students are encouraged to consult frequently, as new postings are always being added. Whether your student has been working with a career consultant for four years or is just getting started, our staff can help provide the assistance needed to be successful.

Q: How can I schedule an appointment for my son or daughter?

A: It is the responsibility of each Pitt student to contact our office directly to inquire about our services. Students are able to schedule individual appointments with a Career Consultant in their career field of interest to assist with their job search efforts by logging into FutureLinks, visiting our office on the 2nd floor of the William Pitt Union, or calling us at (412) 383-4473.

Q: Why is networking with employers & alumni important?

A: Career networking is the number one way to gain valuable insight into careers. Between 60-70% of jobs lie in the hidden job market. One way to penetrate that hidden job market is by networking with alumni in the Pitt Career Network which is an online directory of Pitt alumni volunteers that provide details about their careers and professional experience. More than 7,000 Pitt alumni have volunteered their professional profiles for students to search.