Career Development & Calling Parent & Alumni Resources
Choosing a college is a monumental decision. Now that your son or daughter is at Westmont, know that that our rigorous academics and robust community life will equip and encourage them on every level. That includes helping them evaluate their next big decision -- choosing which major(s) to pursue during the middle of their Sophomore year.
For some students, choosing a major is clear and straight forward while other students deliberate until the very last minute. No matter where your student falls on this spectrum, we can help them evaluate majors in context to their interests, abilities and future goals. We offer multiple assessments and will meet one-on-one with your student. View our Choosing a Major handout.
As you begin to talk with your student about majors or the road ahead, consider asking open ended questions to spur a conversation. Here are a few suggestions: Where do you think your strengths are? What are you drawn to or passionate about? How much additional schooling do you want to commit to? What kind of work interests you? What kind of life do you want to lead?
The good news is that the value of a Westmont liberal arts degree gives your student the building blocks to pursue just about any career regardless of major. In fact, a recent survey found that 90% of students are confident that the education they receive at Westmont will equip them to compete in the job market. And yet, when your conversations turn to pragmatic topics, encourage your student to explore the kinds of careers that are typically associated with various majors. Visit WhatCanIDoWithThisMajor.com for examples of careers for a specific major.
All students are encouraged to complete at least one internship during their time at Westmont (we advise students to wait until after they've completed their first year at Westmont). Internships are a great way for students to "test drive" a career and for organizations to size up prospective employees. One 2013 study reports that 63 percent of graduating students who had held paid internships received a job offer by graduation. Many students are able to receive academic credit for internships.
Google, Apple, Facebook. Yep, Westmont alums work there. They are also gainfully employed at for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout the United States and across the globe. Our most recent study found that 96.7% of graduates are either employed or pursuing graduate school within six months of commencement.
Employers come to campus just about every month during the academic year. These "Career Cafe" events provide multiple employers (between five and eight employers per event) with direct access to students to talk about internships and careers. We also organize dedicated events with large employers to help our students learn about the wide variety of different jobs available with in one industry or organization. Contact Paul Bradford for more details or call 805-565-6033
Whether your company is based in Santa Barbara or elsewhere around the globe, there may be a Westmont intern or new employee that is only a few clicks away.
Local (Santa Barbara area) internships and jobs: It's best to post internships before the start of a new semester when students are looking for these opportunities.
Out of the area internships and jobs: The vast majority of Westmont students head home at the end of the academic year, and Summer internships are a great way to help them gain experience. While the majority of Westmont students are from west of the Rockies, there are students from across the country and globe. Use LinkedIn to see if current students are from your area. Be sure to set the "Start Year' to reflect current students (ie: start year = 2014, etc)
Put us in touch with your company HR department and we'll do our best to match your needs with the qualified Westmont student.