Career Help 101
Parents and other family members have enormous influence upon student’s career thoughts and decisions. Your involvement in the following ways can help your student in the career development process:
- Familiarize yourself with the Career Options Resource Center (CORC), which helps students think about how their academic studies will ultimately translate to the world of work.
- Visit CORC when you come to campus, and advise your student to check out our user-friendly career center on the 3rd floor of the Johnson Library. Our staff loves to have students, alumni, family, and friends drop in to ask about our resources.
- Suggest that your student (even first years) make an appointment with a CORC career counselor. It’s advantageous for students to get an early start on thinking about potential connections between their academic studies and work.
- Recognize that your student’s academic concentration alone may not clearly define a career path. Career choices are influenced by interests, skills, and values that emerge from academic courses, volunteer activities, internships, and work experiences.
- Help your student cultivate networking skills by suggesting names of friends, neighbors, relatives, business associates, and community contacts for an information interview.
- Encourage your student to try out career ideas through short-term work experiences such as internships, summer jobs, or volunteering.
- Many students feel a lot of pressure to make the “right” career or graduate school choice, fearing that a misstep could hinder them. Reassure your student that any decisions made at this stage in life are not irreversible and that experimentation is a normal part of the career development process.
Articles for Parents
Articles about career development issues, written especially for parents of college students and made available to us by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
A Parents’ Guide to Career Development (pdf)
Ten ways parents can help their students with career planning.
A Career Planning Course for Parents (pdf)
Career issues students may face during each year of college and ways parents can be supportive; includes the top skills and qualities employers want in recent college graduates.
Great Books for Graduating Seniors (pdf)
A list of books that offer “real world” advice, recommended by career counselors at schools nationwide.
Parents Have Their Say . . . About Their College-Age Children’s Career Decisions (pdf)
Summarizes research done with parents of students attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although other studies have shown that students seek career advice and approval most often from their parents, the UNC study found that parents themselves do not believe they have much influence.