Encourage your student to:
Visit the Career Center early on
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
want for them.
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 service 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.