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Parent and Student Sponsor Information from the Center for Career and Academic Planning

A message to parents and student sponsors from Dr. Ray Shady, the Interim Director of the Center for Career and Academic Planning at St. John Fisher College.

Dear Parents and Sponsors,

Ray Shady

The entire St. John Fisher community of faculty, staff, and administration is mindful that it is your support and sacrifice that have been a force to help your students to be where they are today—whether as an incoming freshman or as graduating senior. Yes, they have certainly had to work hard at every stage of their undergraduate careers, from admission to graduation, but we want you to know that both your commitment and theirs are met with a systematic and strategic effort on our part to ensure that they are prepared and positioned for success in their career decisions, long before they graduate.

I encourage you to explore the Center for Career and Academic Planning website to see the range and depth of services that we offer. From the earliest stages of career development ("What can I do with this major?") all the way through resume writing, mock interviews, for-credit career planning courses, and live job fairs, the  Center for Career and Academic Planning professionals coordinate individual and group career counseling with any interested Fisher student, at any stage of his or her time at Fisher and even after graduation.

In addition to good counseling, research shows that internships and experiential learning opportunities such as professional or clinical placements, research, and even study abroad are major differentiators in the eyes of employers. The Center for Career and Academic Planning collaborates with all of the Schools at the College: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Nursing, and Pharmacy to help enable any Fisher student who wants an internship or appropriate professional engagement to obtain one or more before graduation.

I have never heard of a "Career Guarantee Center"—your students must still work hard at their studies for as long as their degree programs demand. But I am confident in telling you that St. John Fisher College is committed to our students' success, and strong in the career services we offer to prepare them for their chosen professions. The term "Fisher Family" is not just an idle tag line—as our alumni ranks swell this year to nearly 30,000 we know that success breeds success, year by year and generation by generation.

And remember, career services at St. John Fisher College are available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni… so let's stay in touch!

Ray Shady, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Career Exploration, Center for Career and Academic Planning