Frequently Asked Questions

Career Development-related questions:

Student Employment-related questions:

What kind of career can my student do if s/he majors in...?

For some majors, the connection between what a person studies and what they do for work (or at least where they'll start their career) is often relatively clear. Accounting majors generally work as accountants. Initially, nursing majors generally go on to work as nurses while education majors generally end up at the front of a classroom.

For other majors, the connection between what is studied and what is eventually done for work is not as direct. Psychology majors may go into a helping profession, but they just as easily might land a position with an advertising firm. Philosophy majors may choose to be philosophers and pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy. Alternatively, they may choose to apply their logic and analytic abilities to a career in law. In these cases, what a student chooses to do with time outside the classroom (e.g., volunteer work, internships, summer jobs) may have greater impact on their career path than what they specifically choose to study at the undergraduate level.

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What if my student doesn't know what kind of career s/he wants?

If this is your student, don't worry - they're not alone. Many people believe that getting a college education will be important to their future, but they don't yet have a clear picture of what that means. They may not even know how to begin to explore this connection. They don't know what they want to study. They don't know what career they want to pursue. They just know that their college education will play a role in their professional future. Our counselors can help your student think about college and career and how the two will intersect.

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Is there a career test?

There is no "test" that will tell your student what he or she should do as a career.

There are "assessment instruments" that are often helpful when a student wants to generate options and/or find expanded ways to better evaluate the options they are currently considering. Assessment instruments explore interests, values and skills and help students understand how these link to different career choices.

Use of an assessment instrument may or may not be the best choice for every student. Your student and a career counselor will decide together if using an assessment instrument will be helpful to their career exploration and decision-making process.

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Are there internships available?

Yes, there are internships available. Some are for academic credit and coordinated through the academic departments. Others are not for credit - some are paid, some are not. All are valuable experiences that help your student to clarify career interests, develop skills sought by graduate/professional schools and employers, enhance their classroom learning, and develop professional connections.

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Who helps my student find a job after graduation?

The Career Development Center partners with your student as they formulate and execute plans for life after RIC. We strongly encourage students to begin their relationship with the Center long before senior year, so they can strategize what they'll need to do over the course of their time here to be competitive for that "next step" - whether that is direct entry into the work place or continuing their education in graduate/professional school.

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What can I do to support my student?

There are many things you can do to support your student as s/he explores the many academic and career choices a RIC student can pursue. Encourage your student to:

  • take a variety of Adobe PDFcourses to learn where their intellectual interests and gifts may be
  • become involved in campus activities that provide rich opportunity to develop leadership and other skills sought by prospective employers and graduate admissions committees
  • keep an open mind - to explore before making a decision
  • partner with the Career Development staff earlier rather than later
  • join you in exploring the range of services we offer to students by visiting our web site
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Can my student work on campus?

Yes. There are opportunities to work on campus both for students who have been awarded work study as part of their financial aid packages as well as for students who do not have work study awards. All positions are filled on a first come-first served basis.

Students who have work study awards will receive an invitation to attend a work study session. Sessions will be held in late August and early September.

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Where can s/he find a job?

There are both work study and department funded jobs available in a wide variety of departments across campus. Additionally, there are some work study jobs at off-campus non-profit organizations. Students may learn about these positions and how to apply for them, by coming to the Career Development Center (Craig-Lee 054) or searching for them on-line through Destinations, RIC's online job posting system for students and alumni.

Student employment forms are available in the Career Development Center and must be filled out by the student and the employing organization/department.

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How much do on-campus jobs pay?

They begin at $7.40 and may go as high as $10 depending on the position and specific responsibilities. If the student continues in the same position, they will most likely get a raise in the following year.

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Can a student have only one job?

No, in fact many students have more than one job. Sometimes these jobs are both on campus, both off campus, or a combination of on and off campus.

Some students being paid through work study funds work in more than one department so they can earn the full amount of their award which may exceed the number of hours any one department has to offer them.

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Will my student have to pay income tax on money earned through these positions?

Yes. Any money earned from either work study or non-work study jobs is considered taxable income.

However, money earned from work study jobs is NOT included in the needs assessment when applying for financial aid for the next year. Money earned from non-work study jobs is included in the needs assessment.

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What are the advantages to working on campus?

There are many reasons to consider working on campus.

  • Can fit a few hours of work in between classes
  • Save on gas money
  • Become better connected with the College and its resources for students
  • Become better connected with faculty and staff

In fact, research indicates that students who work on campus do better academically and are more likely to complete their college education.

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Page last updated: May. 9, 2008