Do you remember teaching your student to drive? While getting behind the wheel is filled with excitement, the experience can cause anxiety and fear from families.

The transition to college can feel the same way for students and families. Feel confident that the faculty and staff at Hartwick will help your student develop a plan and engage in a variety of activities that will provide your student with postgraduate tools for success.

We encourage you to be a supportive partner in the process.
Here are a few things you can do:

  • Ask about your student’s career plans and be open to their interests and ideas.
  • Remember that many students change majors two or three times, and may have a dozen or more job changes in a lifetime, making a liberal arts education a valuable asset.
  • Encourage your student to take advantage of the Career Development office for career advising, self-assessments, networking and employment events, internship support, resume help, and workshops.
  • Encourage your student to search for internships and jobs online using Handshake (link to anchor section on internship page about Handshake).
  • Give your student a professional “interview suit,” briefcase, or portfolio as a gift.
  • Connect your student to colleagues, family, and friends who are willing to serve as mentors. Every piece of information your student receives will inform them about their own post-graduate plans.
  • Give them insight about financial life after college by helping them develop a budget, understand their options for health insurance, and understand how to be proactive about managing debt.

Consider hosting a Hartwick student for an internship or externship.

Please contact to learn more.

Career Development & Network Engagement

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Monday-Friday
Golisano Hall
Hartwick College
Oneonta, New York 13820