Additional Tips for Career Success

Career Resources for Parents

These resources can be of assistance to parents who would like to become a resource for their students.

10 Tips for Parents of Prospective College Students Summarizes useful suggestions for parents of college graduates and prospective students.

A Parent's Guide to Career Development Provides tips for parents as to how to help their children looking for careers on their own.

Helping Your New Grad Find a Job Summarizes helpful strategies for parents of recent graduates in assisting with the job search.

Career Development and Resource Center for Families

Parenting and Career Development Maintained by, this web site provides information about the role of parenting styles and family functioning in the children's career development process.

Family Member Checklist

What career help do students want from family members?


___ Do I allow my family member the freedom to have new experiences?
___ Do I encourage the exploration of new ideas, experiences, occupations without being pushy?
___ Am I willing to tolerate ideas and values which are different than my own?
___ Do I really listen to what my family member tells me?
___ Am I positive and supportive when my family member makes a poor decision or fails?


___ Do I talk openly and honestly about my current job, including both the pros and cons?
___ Am I willing to discuss my own career development history?
___ Do I tell my family member about various occupations?
___ Do I encourage my family member to find out about occupations of interest, referring him/her to appropriate resources?

Personal Insights

___ Do I help my family member to objectively look at his/her strengths and weaknesses and suggest how they might relate to various career areas?
___ Do I compliment my family member on his/her good points and accomplishments?
___ Do I help my family member identify occupations that he/she would be good at?


___ Am I willing to refer my family member to friends/acquaintances who might discuss their occupations with him/her?
___ Am I willing to actively help my family member find a summer/part-time/volunteer job that will help him/her explore a potential career field?
___ Would I be willing to allow my family member to use my personal/professional contacts to find employment after graduation?


___ Do I encourage activities that promote career development, while not emphasizing what has not been done?
___ Am I willing to assist my family member in setting reasonable goals without insisting that my expectations be met?
___ Do I ask questions that will encourage my family member's further career information-seeking behavior?

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