For Parents

Community experiences can build core professional skills.

Many parents are concerned that higher education will not do enough to help their child successfully enter the workforce. Most parents see “getting a good job” and being “career centered” as being the focus for their child to attend college.

But today’s college students are preparing for more than a job. They are preparing to be civic-minded professionals, and community experiences an give them an edge in the working world – as well as help them lead lives of meaning and purpose.

Community experiences build professionals skills, employability, and career readiness. Students can learn:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of larger trends and issues
  • The ability to work in teams and across difference
  • Intercultural skills and an understanding of societies in the U.S. and beyond
  • The ability to apply knowledge beyond the classroom

Students can gain these skills and abilities through civic and community engagement experiences, such as:

What can you do to help your child benefit from meaningful community experiences?

Ask about these opportunities when comparing colleges. Learn how the schools where your child is applying integrate community experiences in courses and other activities.

Check out this list of our members and link to their community engagement activities.