Parents & families – welcome to the DU community! As someone who cares about your student’s success, you have an important role to play in helping your family member take the steps necessary to achieve careers and lives of purpose. One of the most important things you can do is simply encourage your student to actively engage in career development throughout their time at DU! Explore this website to learn more about the wide array of support offered to your student and check out the articles below for tips and advice.

Research conducted by Gallup shows that students who regularly engage in career development activities during their time in college have better outcomes at graduation and are more likely to be satisfied with their college experience. Additionally, our University of Denver outcomes data shows that students who in an internship or research experience during college are significantly more likely to have their post-graduation plans secured within 6-months of graduation.

The Milestones–Yearly Action Items
Your student should plan to complete, at minimum, the following items during each year of their undergraduate experience. Students in the Daniels College of Business will have additional milestones to complete during their first two years as part of the Daniels Professional Development Program (DPDP).

  • Year 1 Map Your Path – Identify skills, strengths and interests to complete a resume.
  • Year 2 Build Your Connections – Develop your OneDU community to guide professional success.
  • Year 3 Gain Professional Experiences – Fulfill professional experiences that align with your career goals.
  • Year 4 Launch Your Future – Master you DU story to ace any interview and prepare for success as a new professional.

Parent & Family Action Items
What can you do as a family member to support the career and professional success of your student?

  • Encourage your student to meet their Career Advisor in their first year and also get started on their career achievement milestones.
  • Is your organization hiring? Post the job or internship for a University of Denver student or alum on Pioneer Careers.
  • Resist the temptation to do the job or internship search for your student, empower them to learn the skills needed for success now and into the future.

Connecting DU: Sustainability Careers – Creating Engaging Networking Opportunities

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As part of IMPACT 2025, DU is actively striving to engage students with networking opportunities that offer ways to connect to alumni and employers in a fun and casual atmosphere that takes the fear out of networking.   Career & Professional …

By Jane Mall
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Taking a Mindful Minute this Holiday Season

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No matter which holidays you celebrate in the wintertime, if any, you might feel an increase in stress this time of year. With final exams at school, coworkers out of the office, a slow job search season, family and friends …

By Kyle Inselman
Kyle Inselman Career Advisor Kyle Inselman
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Passion. Holy Cannoli! What is this thing called passion!?

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Recently, I was making a 17-mile trek across Arvada when our guide brought us to a halt, stretched out his hand and presented us with a brown paper bag. Within this seemingly innocuous container was a collection of several pieces …

By Carolyn Sommers
Carolyn Sommers Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development Carolyn Sommers
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How to Juggle Both Work and Family

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Many working parents struggle with the equally important responsibilities of raising a family and providing for them. There is a fundamental need—and for many parents, a real want and desire—to work. However, many simultaneously feel a pull towards home and …

By Grace Goodman
Grace Goodman Assistant Director, Alumni Career & Professional Development Grace Goodman
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How to Make a Successful Career Transition

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Are you considering a career change? Unlike finding a new job, this might mean leaving an industry, as in shifting from journalism to wealth management, or moving to an entirely different position in your company, such as transferring from procurement …

By Cindy Hyman
Cindy Hyman Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development
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