Advice for Parents
Thank you for taking an interest in your son or daughter’s career development. Your support and encouragement play an important role as they clarify who they are, learn about what they’re good at, and explore career options.
Parents can assist in a variety of ways:
Be an informed connector. Encourage your son or daughter to:
- Read about a variety of careers; our website is a great place to start
- Meet with a career counselor, especially if they are undecided about a major or career
- Talk with people who are currently doing what they’re considering
Listen to the options your student is considering, and ask clarifying questions that may help him or her think through the decision, and if appropriate, consider alternatives. Allow your student to make the decision.
Emphasize the importance of gaining work-related experience. Whether through internships, part-time jobs or practicums, your student can:
- Explore career options from a first-hand perspective
- Gain experience; in addition, some employers hire full-time employees from those who have completed their internship programs
- Develop skills and enhance their knowledge base
Encourage your son or daughter to obtain the kinds of skills that employers want to see. Mastering these career readiness skills* through classroom participation, part-time jobs, internships and campus involvement will prepare them for a successful transition into their dream job.
- Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
- Oral/Written Communications
- Information Technology Application
- Professionalism/Work Ethic
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Career Management
Suggest that your student become familiar with the Career Development Center offerings via our website. You’ll see a variety of workshops, specialized career fairs, opportunities to explore majors and graduate school options, an etiquette seminar – all designed to help your student gain skills, connect with employers and prepare for the future.