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 Parent Guide 



A Message to the Parents of Our Students 

As a parent, you can encourage your son or daughter to become familiar with the Office of Career Education & Development in order to get the most out of their Slippery Rock University education and be well prepared for the transition to professional employment or graduate school.

The following is a suggested timeline for students to follow:

Choose a major/career (Freshmen-Sophomore) 

  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to explore major and career options (724-738-2028)
  • View the guides that match Majors & Careers
  • Research career possibilities through O*Net
  • Explore detailed information about careers, outlooks, salaries, and more with Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Take personalized inventories to identify your strengths and then find and explore related majors and careers with FOCUS  (Current and prospective students can use Access Code: rockon)

Develop professional skills (Freshmen-Senior)

  • Work, volunteer, or engage in activities related to your career interest.  This will help build your resume and clarify your career goals.
  • Attend special events and job fairs such as the Summer Job and Internship Fair which is held each February.
  • On-campus, Off-campus, Part-time, and Seasonal positions will be posted on SRU Career Connection
  • Create an account on, develop a professional profile, and join the Slippery Rock University Alumni Networking group.

Prepare to be a professional (Sophomore-Senior)

  • Continually update your resume, become comfortable with writing cover letters, practice your interviewing skills and etiquette, and keep professional thank-you notes on hand.

Get related experience through an internship (Junior-Senior) 

Make a connection with employers (Junior-Senior)

Further your education (Senior)

  • Graduate school information can be obtained at our office.
  • Graduate school exams such as GRE, MAT, GMAT, or LSATare often required for admission.  Check with possible graduate schools to determine what test and when scores are due for application.

Additional Information

  • Additional information for parents can be found at




FOCUS Access Code: rockon

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 WestPACS Job & Internship Fairs