How to Encourage Career Success

Following are a few suggestions for how you can assist our office with our efforts to provide the best, most comprehensive services to your student:

Encourage your student to develop a personal relationship with our office, regardless of their academic level. Suggest that they stop in our office whether they have questions or not! Technology and resources are helpful tools in career planning but it is through getting to know your student that we can help them with questions specific to their needs.

Help your student prepare early! Following are questions that may arise for your student and some resources to assist:

Inform us of any opportunities you may be aware of. Whether you are aware of a need for an intern or a full-time hire, we would love to hear from you!

Talk with your student. As a parent or faculty member, you are a strong influence on the decisions made by your student. Remind students of the resources available to them.

Become familiar with the most recent information related to industry trends, salary information, how students are finding jobs, and the other plans student have after college. This data is available in the U.Va. Engineering Annual Report compiled through our office.

Self-Assessment Tests

Assessments can increase awareness of interests, values, and educational goals.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is an instrument designed to assess your interests. It compares your preferences to those of people in various careers, so that you can see what types of work you might enjoy most. It also matches your preferences to six broad areas of work environments and provides you with a 3-letter code that you can use to further research careers of interest. To take the Strong Interest Inventory, you must first speak with a U.Va. Engineering counselor, either during walk-in hours or through an appointment. A counselor will review your results with you during a follow-up appointment.  There is no cost to take this assessment for Engineering students.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) suggests that there are 16 different personality types. This instrument will give an understanding of personality variables which can be important in determining a “fit” when researching career options. The instrument will also give you insight into your interactions with others-both at work and outside of work. The SII and MBTI make a good package: the SII broadens your ideas of fields in which to do your career research; the MBTI helps you recognize what personality factors to consider as you plan for the future. To take the MBTI, you must first speak with a U.Va. Engineering counselor, either during walk-in hours or through an appointment. A counselor will individually review your results with you during a follow-up appointment. There is no cost to take this assessment for Engineering students.