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Career Planning Timetable for Parents

Your student may be going through the career-planning process and you want to be supportive, but may not know how or what you should do.

Below is your Career Planning timetable to help you learn more about career planning so you can help your student if he or she is undecided about a major or career path.

Parents of First-Year Students 

During their first year or so of college, students will be involved (formally or informally) in assessing their skills, interests, and abilities. They will do this through finding success (or failure) in courses they take, involvement in campus activities, discussions with their friends and faculty, and by being exposed to and trying out different ideas and experiences.

Most students enter college with a very limited knowledge of the vast array of courses and majors available to them. When they begin to delve into studies that are new to them, even those who entered with a plan may be drawn to different options. This is an exciting time for students.

What you can do to help:

Parents of Second Year/Seniors and Alumni

The senior year is when organizing and conducting a job search or undergraduate school search begins in earnest. It is also a time when students are heavily involved in more advanced courses and often have more responsible roles in campus and/or volunteer activities. Balancing these important pursuits and setting priorities is a constant challenge for seniors.

You are probably anxious for this young adult to make a decision—and yet, he or she may be moving toward closure more slowly than you would wish

What you can do to help:

 

Final Thoughts:

The college years are a time of exploration, experimentation, and learning on many levels for students and their parents! Some student challenges may seem more positive than others, but all contribute to the educational outcomes of the college or university experience.

Throughout these years, students are developing a "record of achievement" that will be evaluated by employers and graduate schools as they move beyond college. There are several pieces of this record:

 

By Sally Kearsley courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. A Career Planning Course for Parents. www.naceweb.org