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

As a family member or loved one of a St. John Fisher College student, you may have questions about how Fisher supports the success of your student.

What guidance is offered in choosing a major? How will your student choose a career? Who will provide support along the way? While Fisher students are ultimately responsible for their own success—in academics and in their career—the Center for Career and Academic Planning (CCAP) helps them from day one.

Dr. Julia Overton-Healy, Director of Career Services

Dr. Julia Overton-Healy, Director of Career Services

CCAP is an essential success partner with your student. We have a common goal to see your student succeed academically and become career ready. We offer career interest assessments, access to tutoring, assistance with course selection and major choices, internships and job postings, networking and mentoring events, and support for career documents and grad school applications.

Family are essential partners for our students’ success. We welcome and appreciate you connecting with CCAP. To reinforce what we’re doing for your student, here are some suggestions:

Family as Partners

Encourage exploration. Choosing a major, and possible career pathways related to it, is a complex and nuanced process. CCAP advisors will help guide that process through assessments, long term plans, and personal consultations.

Model networking and career professionalism. Offer to be a career mentor to other Fisher students. Host a site visit. If you’re in a position to recruit and hire Fisher talent, post opportunities with us.

Urge early involvement with CCAP, and specifically Career Services. Waiting until senior year means they’ve missed out on (literally) years of career help. Career-readiness starts on day one.

Encourage help-seeking. College is not high school: the stakes are higher and so are the standards. If you think something isn’t working, call us.

Support strategic involvement. From academic expos to employer site visits to our career fairs, encourage your student to participate. Support joining one or two clubs, working a part time job, or volunteering in the community.

Cultivate experience-based learning. CCAP is constantly developing these opportunities like internships, job shadowing, site visits, or mentoring programs with our partner employers and with alumni.