Families of Future Students
In the College of Liberal Arts Career Center, we recognize that while most high school seniors may not actively initiate a conversation around career exploration, you – as the parent – are probably wondering what your student will do after they graduate from college.
We totally understand the question and encourage students to think about careers early and often. In fact, we provide a virtual career orientation in the summer before our students even arrive on campus to help create a culture of career focus.
See the information below for additional insights and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions posed by the parents of prospective and future students.
WHAT CAREER RESOURCES WILL MY STUDENT HAVE ACCESS TO?
The College of Liberal Arts has a dedicated Career Center to support our students. In fact, our motto is “You’re here to take a big step. We’re here so you don’t have to go at it alone.”
Through corporate partnerships, alumni connections, career-focused programming, and 1:1 appointments, the Career Center helps students identify a desired career path, gain practical experience, and grow their network. We also provide a weekly Career Center newsletter to provide easy access to this information for our students. Through these efforts, our students are empowered and equipped to pursue successful and meaningful careers.
Additionally, we work closely with our campus partners including the CCO (Center for Career Opportunities), the Center for Professional Selling, and Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship to provide exposure to every possible opportunity available at Purdue.
WILL MY STUDENT GET OVERSHADOWED IN LIBERAL ARTS AT A STEM INSTITUTION LIKE PURDUE?
Absolutely not. At Purdue, every pursuit, in every discipline, is equally important. In STEM, in the arts and humanities, in athletics, in campus life, and in every facet of our work, we are always chasing the next giant leap – together.
One such example is seen in the unique partnership between our theatre department and the College of Engineering. David Reingold, the Justin S. Morrill Dean, College of Liberal Arts has stated, “Collaborating with the College of Engineering allows us to take advantage of Purdue’s strengths in a meaningful way. When we marry multidisciplinary engineering plus the theatre arts, we enable students to develop diverse, real-world skills that position them for success at the leading edge of the entertainment field. It positions Purdue as a place where students can truly thrive at the intersection of STEM and the arts.”
We also provide numerous career-related opportunities with our STEM partners and peers. A couple of examples include:
- Our partnership with TechPoint – a non-profit organization that brings together Indiana's tech companies, philanthropies, government, universities, and talent to create opportunity. You can learn more about TechPoint on our Corporate Partner page or read about Chase Pultrich, a student who found full-time employment through this corporate partnership
- The EPICS program - a service learning design program in which teams of students partner with local and global community organizations to address human, community, and environmental needs. This program provides a great opportunity for our Liberal Arts students to work along STEM peers, use their talents for a wonderful cause, and gain experience to add to their resumes
To further demonstrate the importance of these partnerships, we offer an annual program called “At the Intersection of Liberal Arts & STEM.” This series brings in speakers to highlight how liberal arts and science, technology, engineering and math fields are enriched and have greater capacity for meaningful change when the disciplines intersect.
During last fall’s program, Scott Phillips – a 2001 graduate from Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts – spoke about his career experience in the gaming industry, including his time as director of the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey video game. You can view his presentation in its entirety here: "Creating Assassin’s Creed Odyssey."
DIDN’T ANSWER YOUR CAREER-RELATED QUESTION?
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We also encourage you to review additional future student information including THE LIBERAL ARTS LEARNING COMMUNITIES (like the new DATA MINE COHORT), the DEGREE IN 3 opportunity, and much more through the WHY PURDUE? website.