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A Career Planning Timetable For Parents

By Sally Kearsley

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.

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:

  1. assessing skills, interests, and abilities (an important first step to choosing an appopriate career);
  2. exploring majors and career options;
  3. experimenting with possible career options; and
  4. organizing and conducting a job or graduate school search.

 

You can assist and support your child in each of these stages. But what can - or should - you do?

Click on the links below for your own career planning timetable to help you best assist the student in your life.

Careers 101 - For parents of first-year students

Careers 201 - For parents of second-year students

Careers 301 - For parents of "mid-career" students

Careers 401 - For parents of graduating seniors

 

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers