Families: Supporting Your Student

Georgia State University Career Services welcomes your student and we are committed to providing guidance and support as they begin or continue their professional path. We understand the choice to come to Georgia State University was an important investment of resources for you and your student. Some of the services we offer to assist students are:


Let your student know they can come to our drop-in hours on the downtown campus for quick, 15-minute questions! Perimeter campus students can make an appointment in their Handshake account, Georgia State University’s job board and online resource center.

Choosing a Major

Encourage your student to visit us early on to help guide them in the direction for the path to success. They can always visit us during our drop-in hours!

Drop-in Hours for Quick Questions and Resume Review:

Downtown: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Student Center West, Room 270
Ask for a resume or cover letter review and any quick questions about your professional path.

Perimeter: Use Handshake to make an appointment.

Students will find many resources help them with their major choice in Handshake. Hint: The “What Can I Do With This Major?” resource is a good start for this!

Graduate School Planning

Graduate school is a big decision that takes time and planning. Work with your student on preparing for grad school, and encourage them to make an appointment with us about planning. Each fall, University Career Services hosts the Graduate and Professional School Fair to allow students to explore programs. Subscribe to our Career Events Calendar, and let your student know when it will be.

Job Search

Students log into Handshake for our current job opportunities both on and off campus.

Let your student know our drop-in hours!

Drop-in Hours for Quick Questions and Resume Review:

Downtown: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Student Center West, Room 270
Ask for a resume or cover letter review and any quick questions about your professional path.

Perimeter: Use Handshake to make an appointment.

Throughout the year, University Career Services hosts several career fairs that connect students with employers looking to fill full-time, part-time, internship and co-op positions. Subscribe to our Career Events Calendar, and let your student know when these events will take place.

Build Skills

Employers are looking for these competencies with your student.

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
  • Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.
  • Digital Technology: Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.
  • Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.
  • Career Management: Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency: Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

Events and Programs

Career Events Calendar 

Co-ops and Internships

These are a great way for a student to get relevant experience, build a network, and possibly be in position to be hired full-time.