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The Career Development CenterThe Career Development Center

The University of Texas at Arlington Division of Student Affairs

Family Member Checklist

What are some specific ways you can help your student? Here are some suggestions:

SUPPORT

  • Am I allowing my family member the freedom to have new experiences?
  • Do I encourage the exploration of new ideas, experiences, and occupations without being pushy?
  • Am I willing to tolerate ideas and values which are different than my own?
  • Do I really listen to what my family member tells me?
  • Am I positive and supportive when my family member makes a poor decision or fails?

INFORMATION

  • Do I talk openly and honestly about my current job, including both the pros and cons?
  • Am I willing to discuss my own career development history?
  • Do I tell my family member about various occupations?
  • Do I encourage my family member to find out about occupations of interest, referring him/her to appropriate resources?

PERSONAL INSIGHTS

  • Do I help my family member to objectively look at his/her strengths and weaknesses and suggest how they might relate to various career areas?
  • Do I compliment my family member on his/her good points and accomplishments?
  • Do I help my family member identify occupations that he/she would be good at?

CONTACTS

  • Am I willing to refer my family member to friends / acquaintances who might discuss their occupations with him/her?
  • Am I willing to actively help my family member find a summer / part-time / volunteer job that will help him/her explore a potential career field?
  • Would I be willing to allow my family member to use my personal/professional contacts to find employment after graduation?

MOTIVATION

  • Do I encourage activities that promote career development, while not emphasizing what has not been done?
  • Am I willing to assist my family member in setting reasonable goals without insisting that my expectations be met?
  • Do I ask questions that will encourage my family member's further career information-seeking behavior?