How to Support Your Student

Every semester of a student’s college experience offers a new career path to follow. Help your student find their purpose through open conversation in which they can explore different ideas and possibilities. Listed below are some important questions to ask yourself as your student begins their journey:

Support

  • Am I allowing my son/daughter the freedom to have new experiences?The Spring Commencement Black Ceremony held in the morning at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
  • Do I encourage the exploration of new ideas, experiences and occupations without being pushy?
  • Am I willing to support ideas and values which are different from my own?
  • Am I positive and supportive when my son/daughter makes a poor decision or fails?

Information

  • Do I talk openly and honestly about my current job, including pros and cons?
  • Do I take the time to discuss various occupations with my son/daughter?
  • Do I encourage my son/daughter to research and explore careers of interest, referring him/her to appropriate resources?

Personal Insights

  • Do I help my son/daughter to objectively look at his/her strengths and weaknesses and suggest how they might relate to various careers?
  • Do I discuss the challenges, victories, and lessons from my own career development history?
  • Do I help my son/daughter to identify careers for which he/she would be well-suited?

Contacts

  • Am I willing to refer my son/daughter to friends and acquaintances who might discuss their occupations with
    him/her?
  • Am I willing to actively help my son/daughter find an internship or summer/part-time/volunteer job that will help him/her explore a potential career field?

Motivation

  • Am I willing to assist my son/daughter in setting reasonable goals, and to keep him/her accountable for meeting these goals?
  • Do I ask questions that will encourage my son/daughter’s further career information seeking?

(Checklist adapted by Lenz and O’Neal, Florida State University)