Parent Resources

Your job is to be a career "encourager."

We know the number one reason you want your student to go to college is to give them a solid foundation that will increase their chances of launching and leading a successful career. We get that. What you need to know is that the college your student selects will expect your student to take ownership of his/her career and take advantage of the career center’s resources, events, and activities. However, research suggests students don’t!

That’s where you come in. We’d like to remind you your role is to be a career “encourager”. You need to periodically nudge and when necessary require your student to invest time in career related programming.


We can help you get started with the following resources…


The Unemployed Grad, And What Parents Can Do About It!

Did you know research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that students that engage in career related activities earlier in their college experience significantly increase their chances of getting internships and NOT ONLY landing a job by graduation, but a job relevant to their major and at a higher salary. You’ll learn this and more!



So we want you to be a career “encourager”. What does that mean. The workbook offers 30+ discussion topics you can have with your student to get him/her thinking post graduation. The 100 question quiz is design to help your student understand preparing for their first professional job search can’t be accomplished with one visit to the career center.


Career Speaker Series

The job search process is certainly more complete as well as competitive than it was just five years ago. Today you have to develop your own “brand”, you not only need interviewing skills, but you have to understand how to master the online video interview. You are invited to join our Career Speaker Series to pick up the latest career tips from top career authors.

Five additional programs for your student

We have a series of programs and curriculum to help your student explore career opportunities, learn how to manage their careers, as well as learn fundamental job search skills and strategies. More importantly we’ll help your student acquire the soft skills employers say college grads lack!

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What parents say!


The Unemployed Grad, And What Parents Can Do About was an eye opener for me. I’ve realized my role is to make sure my student takes ownership of her career if she wants to get a job by graduation!

Freshman Parent

I appreciated having access to the Career Speaker Series as a parent of a current student. The series gave me direction and confidence when I made a recent career change.

Sophomore Parent

The line up of 72 speakers for the Grad CareerFestival is amazing. The four tracks covering career management, job search, soft skills, to adulting skills offers a comprehensive collection of advice that my grad took to heart!

Graduating Senior Parent
Consider the facts!

  • Over 62 percent of graduating seniors will either NEVER visit the career center or only visit once or twice.
  • Over 40 percent of graduates will end up taking jobs that do not require a college degree.
  • 72 percent of career center professionals say their biggest challenge is getting students to understand what is required to explore career opportunities and learn fundamental job search skills
  • You can change the trajectory of your student's career by encouraging your student to take ownership of his/her career!