Supporting Your Student’s Career Development

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:

  • Encourage your child to make an appointment with a career counselor at the Office of Career Services.
  • Encourage your child to register for Student Professional Development Program beginning their freshman year.
  • Advise your child to write a resumé and update it regularly; enlist the assistance of Career Services.
  • Challenge your child to research several careers and talk with people in those career areas.
  • Persuade your child to become an active members of at least one professional student association in the College of Business Administration.
  • Teach the importance of networking.
  • Emphasize the importance of the immersion experience (e.g., internships, study abroad, research project with faculty in chosen major).
  • Encourage extracurricular activities that will help build their resumé and leadership skills.
  • Help your child stay up to date with current events and career trends.
  • Show your child the importance of attending career fairs regularly and start a job search in their junior year.

This page was last updated on: November 9, 2017