For Parents

Bates is committed to the idea that the student experience here should include exploration and engagement around the idea that work can be purposeful, both during a student’s time at Bates and beyond.

Parents can encourage students to get to know us and our resources early in their college careers:

  • Career counseling – individual sessions as well as walk-in advising
  • Career Development Fellows meet with individuals who have been selected to partner with the BCDC staff to assist students as they launch the career exploration process
  • Career Resources Library – hundreds of online and hard copy career resources
  • Workshops – myriad programs on and off campus throughout the academic year
  • Employer Information Sessions and Interviews – the BCDC builds relationships with a diverse range of employers across various industries
  • Job shadows through Career Discovery in Practice (CDIP)
  • Internships and Jobs through JobCat, we provide access to a proprietary database of jobs and internships, as well as other search tools

Share Your Expertise

Connect with Other Bates Students and Alumni

Your role as a Bates parent can have a tremendous impact not only on your own child’s career development, but on those of other Bates students and alumni as well. Students are often more willing to seek and accept advice from anyone other than mom and dad. The Bates Career Development Center plays an active role in maintaining a network of parents who share their time and professional expertise with students who share similar interests. There are many ways for parents to make a difference:

  • Forward job or internship postings to the BCDC
  • Encourage your employer to recruit at Bates
  • Attend a Bates Network gathering in your city to connect and network professionally
  • Sponsor a one or two day job shadow through the Career Discovery in Practice (CDIP) program
  • Join the Bates Online Community

Please contact the BCDC to find out more, or to volunteer. Thank you for your willingness to help Bates students and alumni with their career development!