Encourage your student to:
Visit the Career Center early on--their first year is a great time to establish
a relationship with our office!
Make an appointment with a Career Counselor if they are unsure
about a major or career.
Try not to:
Solve problems for your student
Push them into the career you want for them, instead of the career they themselves.
Call on behalf of your student. Due to FERPA
regulations, we will not release
information to you about your student.
It’s okay to ask questions about their classes, major, and
career. Many times, “It’s fine,” can mean “I don’t know,” and further conversation
might provide some clarity. You can challenge them without being perceived as
coach rather than trying to solve your child's problems yourself.
You're likely to hear more than your share of problems. College students
usually call their parents for reassurance when things aren't going well, and
call their friends with the latest exciting news. When you get those late night
phone calls (and you will!), you can encourage your child to use the appropriate
campus resources — to go to the Health Center or Career Center, to talk to an
advisor, dean, a counselor, or tutor. Read resource information sent to you by the
college so you can be an informed coach for your child.