Maybe your student decided to take a “gap” semester or maybe they went elsewhere for a semester/term, but it wasn’t a good fit.
Once your college student settles into their new life at school, they might be thinking about finding a part-time job to make some extra money.
Over 70% of college students work a job while in school. Some do it to have extra spending money, while others do it to save up for a trip or a car.
There are also many students who keep a job as a way to pay for college and to try to keep their student debt as low as possible. And of course, there are some students who have no choice but to work to support themselves while in school.
Companies are looking for interns now. “For most industries, now is the time that people are starting to look for their interns,” Horrowitz says. Some companies have application deadlines, others may have a less-formal process, but either way, January is really a great time to get organized and start planning.
For many students, the spring semester is not all picnics on the campus lawn. In fact, from my perspective, the spring semester can be a low period for some students, even if they had a pretty good fall semester. Why is that? Honestly, my colleagues and I are not sure why some students struggle a little more in the spring, but we have some ideas.
The colder season is here, and that means snow, holidays and SAD — winter-onset Seasonal Affective Disorder. This seasonal form of depression affects many adults every year, but it can hit college-age students particularly hard because of the stresses already associated with college life.
The winter season may mean joy and merriment for many, but the period between November and January can be an stressful time, especially for college seniors, who often live in fear of being asked this exact question. Sure, there’s a long break from school to reconnect with friends, bond with loved ones, and — with any luck — do a few loads of laundry for free. However, it also provides ample opportunity for relatives to initiate the important, yet dreaded, career conversation.
If this sounds at all familiar, you’ll be thrilled to hear that broaching the subject of job hunting doesn’t have to be a painful experience. A bit of preparation and a delicate hand make a world of difference when navigating what can be a stressful topic for both parent and young adult. If you’re hoping to kick off the career conversation with a college student in your life...