At the O’Brien Center for Career Development, we understand the importance that parents and families play in your students’ transition to college and their career development. That’s why we’ve created ways in which you can encourage your student to utilize our services and plan for their future:

Career and Major Exploration

At the O’Brien Center for Career Development, we are here for your student to help explore major and career options based on their interests and professional goals. We offer free career assessment tools students can access using their Merrimack email and password to help guide their major or career direction. For more information, students should schedule an appointment to meet with their pre-assigned career advisor on Handshake, Merrimack’s online job and career development platform.

Attend Career-Related Events

We cannot stress the importance of networking. With over 20 career-related and networking events each year, your student has ample opportunities to enhance their network of professionals in the industry of interest. Your student can find the full-range of current events here or on their Handshake account.

Make an Appointment with their Career Advisor

Every student at Merrimack College is pre-assigned a career advisor based on the school and program they are a part of. Our career advisors are a wealth of knowledge regarding resume and cover letter writing help, graduate school and post-graduation employment searching, internship and co-op experience searches, mock interviewing techniques, industry knowledge and connections and much, much more. We encourage all students to come in early and often, and recommend making a career advising appointment in the fall of their first-year. Your student has the option to come in to the O’Brien Center for Career Development for a 1:1 appointment slot or during walk-in hours, whichever is most convenient for their busy schedules. There is no requirement for your student to use our services, so it is up to them and you to encourage the utilization of all of the services we have to offer.

Stress the Importance of Internships & Experiential Learning

Did you know that 74% of Merrimack College students participate in an internship, co-op, assistantship, clinical or field experience or practicum during their time as a student (Class of 2017 First Destination Survey)? Being involved in experiential learning is part of the normal here at Merrimack College, but you can help stress its importance. Students have the ability to start their experiential learning experience on day 1 at Merrimack College and the more experiences they have, the more competitive they will be in the job market post-graduation.

Our talented career advisors are here to help students find experiences that match their career development plans while also enhancing their professional development and soft skills employers are looking for. We have over 3,000 experiences available for our students to apply to in Handshake, our online job and career development platform. Encourage your student to sign-on to their profile, make an appointment with their career advisor, explore open opportunities and unlock their career potential today.

How You Can Get Involved with the O’Brien Center for Career Development

While it’s important to support your student as a parent or family member, you also have the opportunity to support Merrimack College students as an employer. As an employee of your company or organization, you can attend a career-related event, whether that’s a career fair, school or major-specific networking event, on-campus interviewing or site visit to your location. And if you have open positions or internships at your place of employment, make sure your company is on Handshake so our Merrimack College students can see and apply to those openings.