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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.