Parents Role

What can parents do for their adult student son or daughter and not interfere with their student learning to take full charge of their life?


  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services homepage where we provide a Career Planning Timeline by class year – Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior. Each career timeline focuses around academic, career planning, and extracurricular activities themes. Encourage your student to spend a few minutes each year exploring their class options, printing the checklist, and considering doing some of the suggestions.
  • Engage in conversation with your student. Students frequently cannot see themselves clearly regarding what their key skills are and how they have used them in successful endeavors. Take the time to have a discussion and affirm these skills thereby assisting them in their choice of a major and career.
  • Encourage your student to visit the Career Services Center to understand what is available to them in supporting their needs for an internship, and to understand the career documents they will need for an internship and a job upon graduation.
  • Encourage your student to get internship experience in their major which can be as early as the summer before Junior year. They will need to visit the Career Services Center in the spring semester and use our online resume builder to write their resume and start the internship search process.
  • Support your student in engaging in extra-curricular activities. Student organizations, academic organizations, and volunteer work can give your student the opportunity to learn and practice leadership, self and time management, teamwork, and other career related skills. They will develop themselves personally as well as develop skills and values that employers seek. They can also demonstrate this on their resume.
  • Help provide networking contacts to your student - family, friends, and colleagues who can share their experiences in careers that your student has an interest in. This can assist them in selecting a major and career path.
  • Be supportive throughout the internship application process.  Often internships are a student’s first step in their professional career. Acquiring an internship employer is no different than the job search process. Your student, with the help of Career services, must create a professional resume and cover letter. Then the search begins. They will preview internship positions available at the Career Services Center as well as perform an internship search using the many internet internship search engines available, and then apply in a competitive market. Rejection will happen as in a job search, but with perseverance, diligence, and your encouragement, an internship can be located. This can be exciting, but it can also produce stress and anxiety. The student should start this process 3-4 months before they wish to participate in the internship experience.