University Career Services knows that you are concerned about your student’s future. Several of the staff have or have had children in college, and we understand many of your concerns. Most likely, you are somewhere between worried about the return on investment and resigned that your student is almost an adult and has to make his/her own decisions.
We don’t have any magic answers, but we hope that the following will provide some useful information in supporting and assisting your student in making career decisions and planning for the future:
Your Role in the Process
- Listen and learn what things are important to your child.
- Be patient. College is for exploring and changing one’s mind.
- Encourage exploration of several career fields.
- Suggest activities recommended for each class level.
- Understand the relationship between majors and careers.
- Encourage the use of campus programs such as University Career Services.
Steps in Career Planning
- Assess interests, abilities, skills and values.
- Research careers in depth.
- Develop contacts in prospective career fields who can provide information.
- Gain exposure and experience (volunteer, part-time jobs, co-op, internships, extracurricular activities).
- Develop both marketable and transferable skills.
- Learn job-seeking and presentation skills.