Questions to Ask Your Student

Did you know CMU employers' value co-curricular experiences in graduates?

The time your student spends outside of the classroom has the potential to help land them their dream job after graduation. How you support and speak with your student about their involvements can impact the skills they learn, how they develop, and what they become involved in at CMU. When considering ways to support your student's co-curricular leadership development, explore the list below to start your conversations.

Questions to start conversations with your students:

  • Which clubs, groups, programs, or experiences outside of the classroom have you explored so far?
  • What have you enjoyed or learned from these experiences?
  • Have you heard of or used Engage Central (student organization database)?
  • What have you done in your job this semester? How might that be preparing you for your long-term career?

Importance of Reflection

Reflection allows students the opportunity to develop their own learning and build stronger connections between experiences. It allows your student to take any experience and gain a better understanding of the things they learned from the activity and how to apply that learning other areas of your life.

Types of Reflection:

  • Group Reflection

    • Many activities your student will participate in this year will have group reflection. Each person experiences activities differently, and through group reflection, your student gains the ability to hear others' perceptions and viewpoints. These are valuable skills that employers look for in potential candidates.
  • Personal Reflection

    • Personal reflection is also facilitated through journaling prompts. Below please find a sample of questions for reflection that allow students to better understand how their experiences impact their interests, values, and career readiness.

Reflection Learning Outcomes

Through reflection, students should be able to:
  • Articulate your learning and leadership development from co-curricular experiences.
  • Reflect on how co-curricular involvement can influence career outcomes.
  • Begin to identify your sense of purpose through interests and values.