Frequently Asked Questions from Parents
What exactly can my son/daughter do with their major?
Are internships important to in the job market today?
Yes, employers like to hire students with internship experience and over half of students will have such an experience by graduation. To see where recent graduates had internships, download and view the full report as a PDF from the First Destinations webpage.
What is the placement rate of St. Thomas graduates?
We survey students between 9 and 12 months after graduation, hoping that allows for a realistic time-frame to find employment or make a decision about the future. We usually learn that close to 95% of the graduates we hear from are either employed, in graduate school, have joined the military or are doing a volunteer experience. This information is provided in the First Destination Survey of Undergraduate Alumni.
Do all students meet with a career counselor?
No, students may be directed to use our services by instructors, or they may choose to use our offerings, but there is no general requirement. All students, however, are encouraged to use our services as they explore and decide on a major or career path and begin their search for internship or employment opportunities.
How can my son/daughter be best prepared for the job search?
We recommend that students have the following by graduation:
- An understanding of the career planning process.
- A resume, preferably reviewed by a Career Development Center staff person.
- At least one internship, or employment (on or off-campus) experience related to the student’s area of career interest.
- Two opportunities to speak with professionals working in areas of their career interest (informational interviews).
- An understanding of interviewing techniques, networking, and job search correspondence.
- Attend a seminar or meet with a career counselor at least 7 times throughout their time at UST, an average of at least once per semester. Students who responded to the First Destinations Survey and used our services at least once reported higher rates of employment than those that did not.