Your son or daughter has finished high school. They have painstakingly decided
on a college and best of all, they have gotten admitted and you’ve finally moved
them in. Life is good. Your job is done and you’ve been successful. You have
just completed 18 years of child rearing and now it’s your time to relax. After
all, they are an adult and can make their own decisions, right? Well, not
exactly. This is a time when, whether they want to admit it or not, that they
need you more than ever.
Some ways you can help your student with Career Development
One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is to listen to
your student. Be open to new ideas and try to help them find information. It is
also important to be non-judgmental. Remember, this is a time for your student
to fulfill their dreams, not your dreams.
Be a networking resource. Help your student develop contacts for information and
advice for career planning and internship possibilities. Refer your student to
colleagues, friends, neighbors, family and community members that have
experiences related to your students interests. Encourage your students to make
connections with faculty members.
Be an advocate. Encourage your student to use the services available to them
through the ISU Career Center. No matter what their year in college, we can
Encourage your student to visit the Career Center early in their college career.
Career counselors will assist your student in narrowing down career choices
through interest assessments, library resources, and informational interviews.
The counselors are also able to assist with interviewing skills, resume and
cover letter development, as well as with internships and job search strategies.
When you refer them to the Career Center, you’re starting them down a path
toward future success.
Talk about the personal qualities that you see as their strengths and talents.
By reassuring them that they have what it takes to succeed, they will feel more
confident in the decision that they have made.
Persuade your student to get involved on campus. A great way to gain
interpersonal skills is to become a leader in a campus organization. Employers
value the experiences that students gain through campus involvement. Being
involved on campus also helps your student develop a sense of balance in life
between work and play.
Emphasize the importance of getting valuable experience. One way to be
competitive in today’s job market is to get experience in your chosen career
field. A great way to do this is to participate in internships, co-ops, and
volunteer experience. Employers view this as a time for students to “get their
feet wet” and see what life is like in the world of work. Many times, students
will also make connections that will benefit them in the future.
Support the Career Center. Show that you value the experiences that the Career
Center offers by listing summer, part-time, and full-time job opportunities with
us. We will assist you in finding a hard-working student. If your company offers
internships, have your internships listed with the Career Center.