Try these tips to help your college student use the summer wisely

Your son or daughter is home from college. After he/she has gotten caught up on sleep, has had a few home-cooked meals and has finished his/her laundry, it’ll be time to talk about what he or she plans to do for the summer.

Keep in mind that your student will need to take the lead in planning, but you may want to provide some encourage and guidance. Let your son or daughter know that summer is an important time to advance his or her college career, whether directly or indirectly.

College Parents of America offers several tips on activities you can suggest to your son or daughter. In addition to finding a summer job, it would be wise to suggest:

Job shadowing  
This will give him/her a great opportunity to learn more about the field he or she has chosen and to make some important contacts that will come in handy in the future.

Traveling or studying abroad
Traveling abroad will give him/her experience that will broaden his or her horizons.

Networking with people in the industry
This will give him or her the chance to meet people in the field in which he or she is interested. This will also provide a great opportunity to meet people who may be important contacts in the future.

Learning new skills
Summer is a great time to learn something new, work on a resume or cover letter, practice interviewing, or shop for professional clothes.

Relaxing and having fun
Don’t forget to encourage them to have fun. College is a stressful time. While your son or daughter should take advantage of the summer, he or she should relax and have some fun, too.

Have you been through this before? If so, let us know if you have any suggestions.

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