Parents

Parents can play a vital role in helping their child discover which career path is right for them. One of the best things parents can do is listen. Be open-minded, help your child find career information, and don't judge their decision. Here are 10 ways parents can help their child during their career development process:

1) Encourage your child to visit the University Career Center.
2) Advise your child to write a resume.
3) Challenge your child to research several careers.
4) Let your child make their own career decisions.
5) Emphasize the importance of internships.
6) Encourage extracurricular activities that will help build their resume.
7) Help your child stay up to date with current events and career trends.
8) Expose your child to the real work world (so them your work and meet your co-workers).
9) Teach the importance of networking.
10) Help the Career Center by posting internships and full-time positions from your company.

 

Your Student's Timeline

Freshman Year

1) Encourage your child to adopt good study habits.
2) Always keep the lines of communication open with your child.
3) Explain the importance for your child to meet professors, advisors, and administrators.
4) Encourage your child to visit the University Career Center and conduct career research.
5) Encourage your child to research career fields in their area of interest.

Sophomore Year

1) If your child is undecided about a major, ask him/her to visit the Career Center and do career testing.
2) Always keep the lines of communication open with your child.
3) Encourage your child to follow his/her interest and choose careers in that interest.
4) Have your child contact friends, colleagues, or relatives in similar career fields to help build their network.
5) Encourage your child to find career-related experience through internships and volunteer positions.

Junior Year

1) Encourage your child to take classes and join activities that will help develop their career options.
2) Encourage your child to participate in career fairs, on-campus interviewing, and workshops.
3) Assist your child in building their career network.
4) Encourage your child to get a career related internship.

Senior Year

1) Ask your child how you can help.
2) Listen to your child.
3) Offer to assist with networking and other career objectives.
4) Encourage your child to participate in career fairs and on-campus interviewing.
5) Talk with your child about graduate school.