How you Can Help Your Student

Along with knowing about our services, as parents or family members, you probably also want to understand what your student is going through and be able to offer helpful insight. The following two articles, provided by give helpful advice to parents & family with students in college.

A Career Planning Course for Parents

A Parent’s Guide to Career Development

For information on how the world of work is changing in the face of ever increasing technological advances, view the YouTube video, Did You Know? Shift Happens, 2014 remix.  Some highlights from the video include:

  • The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by the time students are 38, they will have had 10-14 jobs
  • 1 out of 5 workers have been with their current employers less than a year
  • 1 out of 2 workers have been with their current employer less than 5 years
  • The top jobs in demand today did not even exist 10 years ago, so we are prepping students for jobs that don’t yet exist!
  • If Facebook were a country, it would be the 2nd largest country in the world!!

In the face of this type of working world, we offer the following advice for you to help your students:

  • Encourage student to visit Career Development Center EARLY in their college career
  • Promote involvement in internships, extra-curricular activities, volunteer experiences, and job shadows
  • Challenge students to become occupationally literate through researching their careers of interest
  • Ask if they have a resume prepared and encourage them to start one
  • Use positive reinforcement when they take steps toward finding a job
  • Give leads for informational interviews if possible – you may know someone in their field of interest
  • Avoid the impulse to call potential employers on students’ behalf! Being too involved will make it look like your student cannot stand on their own two feet!
  • Be prepared to offer support – career planning and job searching can be highly stressful!

Also feel free to call our office 559.278.2381 with any questions you may have.


Additional Website Articles:

What Parents Should Tell Their Kids About Finding A Career (Harvard Business Review)