Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Parents’ Guide to Assisting your college student with major and career exploration

Your son or daughter just left for (or returned to) college but doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what he or she wants to major in, let alone choose as a career.  Don’t worry, this is not unusual, although you might wish your child had a little more sense of direction. The college years are a time of exploration, experimentation, and learning on many levels for students and their parents! 

Choosing a career is a process students need to go through – and they go through the stages of this process at different rates of speed.  The steps include:

·         Assessing skills, interests, and abilities (an important first step to choosing an appropriate career)
·        Exploring majors and career options
·        Experimenting with possible career options
·        Building professional materials, including resumes and social media profiles

Career Services is available to help your student along this path.  Encourage them to set up an appointment with a Career Counselor who has various tools and assessments to assist with this process.  Appointments can be made through or by phone 218-723-6085.

Stay tuned for more career tips and resources each month!

Adapted for The College of St. Scholastica with courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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