How Can Trinity Parents Help Students Form Networks that Lead to Jobs?

Trinity University families gather for summer sendoff

By Tim Moore—

As soon as students enter Trinity University, they need to begin building their business network. From scratch. From Day One. As I have shared with other Trinity parents, we should take a moment to reflect on what it took to build our own networks, namely perseverance and patience.

As parents, our desires for our children are that they become productive and happy citizens. At times, happy is good enough, but guidance is still necessary. The college years may become a time when they will realize we actually know something after years of not knowing anything at all. Our other desire as parents is that our children stay in our lives.

What advice can we give our students for building a network? More important, who are they listening to?

1. Are they listening to us, their parents? I say this with some skepticism because we want them to make their own decisions, don’t we? We should give them room to explore, but we should be really good listeners. And we should provide access to our networks to support their actions, if possible.

2. Are they listening to their peers? Who has their attention – their friends, their roommate, or their suite mates?

3. Are they listening to their professors? Trinity does this so well in teaching students how to interact with adults.

4. Are they listening to the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success? This is the hidden gem of Trinity. Tell your student to focus their efforts with this office to learn what is available.

5. Your network – your friends, colleagues, business associates, and others. Can they help? Remember, it takes a village to raise a child. And my advice is to provide pathways for them to listen to others.

Tim Moore is dad of this Trinity University family
The Moore Family, from left, Andrew, Sandra, Christina, and Tim 
Parents can emphasize internships that are focused, including those that are part of the curriculum. Encourage your student to look as soon as possible for internships for the summer. If you can, lean in on your networks. Ask other Trinity parents who might have some ideas and connections.

To underscore something important, have your student go to Career Services as soon as possible in their Trinity career, preferably as a first-year student. Make it a must. Find a way to get your child into their office, including “positive” peer pressure, encouragement, or use your parent powers and just add it to the “must do” list. If all fails, cut off the laundry services at home!

Consider getting involved in the Trinity Parent Council, which will be your connection to expanding the network and giving you access to career fairs and related events. Be a good listener and stay focused on your goals, as a role model to them, since they need to be focused on theirs.

About Tim

Tim Moore lives in Houston with his wife and has one child at Trinity University. He delivered this talk at a recent “Making Connections” event in Houston.


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