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O’Brien Center for Career Development

Parents & Families

As a parent or family member of a Merrimack College student, you have an impact on your student’s career development. In fact, students often identify their family members as one of the primary sources of career information and support. Because of this, we encourage parents and families to learn more about the resources and services we offer to our students so they will find it easy to transition from student to working professional.

Encourage your student to make an appointment with us.

One of the most important things your student can do early on in their college career is to make an appointment with our Center. Meeting with one of our Career Advisors will be beneficial to your student as they can learn important career related information that will help them transition from a college student to the workforce. Some of which include: resumes and cover letters, internship and co-op exploration, job searches, interview techniques and mock interviews, career exploration and decision making. To make an appointment, students can visit Advantage.

Stress the importance of Experiential Learning opportunities.

Experiential learning is a term used to describe hands-on learning; bridging theory and practice through activities such as internships and co-ops. Experiential learning opportunities are both intentional and reflective, and are designed to guide students in constructing new knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing skills. Through this process, students hone in on areas of interest and further define career goals, while gaining a competitive advantage in the 21st century workforce.

Encourage them to attend Career Events on-campus.

Each semester, we sponsor various different Career Events on the Merrimack campus. These events range from informational seminars, employer related events, and career fairs. Each of these events provides students an opportunity to learn more about the workforce through informational sessions or one-on-one encounters with employers. For a full listing of the Career Events we offer, refer to our Career Event webpage.


Career Events

March 21, 2017

  • 11:00am - 1:30pm: What Every International Student Should Know about US Employment
    Interested in hearing how H-1B sponsorship happens from the inside? Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at, shares the potent job search system used by many international students to find U.S. employment. H-1B’s are won in ways you likely don’t expect. What you’ll discover in this presentation may surprise you.

March 22, 2017

  • 2:00pm - 4:30pm: Spring Career Fair
    The Spring Career Fair - 2017 is Merrimack’s largest career event held on campus each year. This fair connects all undergraduate and graduate students with employers from various industries who are recruiting for internship, co-op, and full-time opportunities.