Your input can be a powerful motivator in helping your student make major and career choices.
Suggest your student visit our office each year from freshman through senior year
Career counselors can help a student select a major and career, prepare a resume, search for jobs and internships, practice interviewing, and more!
Listen in a non-judgmental way
Try not to impose your interests or desires, stay open to new ideas, and help your student research careers so that they can make informed decisions.
Assist your student with thinking realistically about their skills and interests
Students frequently change majors after gaining additional self-awareness, experiences, and information about careers.
Advise your student to write a resume well before graduation
Writing a resume can help students identify areas that require improvement and growth.
Help your student recognize and develop their strengths
Reflect on their past academic successes and interests and explore how these might form a basis for future success. What hobbies occupy their free time? Don't dwell on weaknesses and encourage and applaud them as they succeed.
Explain the value of part-time employment
Research shows that students who work part-time tend to out-perform their peers who do not work at all, or who work too much. A job on campus helps students build time management and professional skills, and connects them with supportive supervisors.
Let your student make decisions
While suggestions may be appreciated, encourage your student to take ownership for making major and career choices. Keep in mind that picking a major does not necessarily mean selecting a specific occupation or career.
Promote the value of internships
Gaining experience through internships, typically during their junior/senior years, can assist your student in strengthening their credentials while validating career options.