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PARENTS AS PARTNERS. Supporting Your Student’s Career Success Towson University Career Center. WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS?. Undecided major “Impractical” major Competitive major Motivation/Focus Competitive job market Social Media/Branding Work ethic Finding a part-time job

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Parents as partners

PARENTS AS PARTNERS

Supporting Your Student’s Career Success

Towson University Career Center


What are your concerns
WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS?

Undecided major

“Impractical” major

Competitive major

Motivation/Focus

Competitive job market

Social Media/Branding

Work ethic

Finding a part-time job

Finding an internship

Finding a full-time job

Getting into grad/professional school









How you can help
HOW YOU CAN HELP

It’s all about your student

Share your impressions of your student’s strengths

Think about your own career and the implications of how it fits (or doesn’t) with your interests, skills and values

Encourage them to take advantage of campus resources




How you can help1
HOW YOU CAN HELP

Talk about your own career path and decision-making process

DON’T pressure or live through your student, let them find their own path – but with your insight and support

Expose them to the world of work

Encourage them to take advantage of campus resources




How you can help2
HOW YOU CAN HELP

Help them understand the value of networking in your life/career

Make introductions for informational interviews

Volunteer to be a resource for their friends

Volunteer to be a mentor

Encourage them to take advantage of campus resources





How you can help3
HOW YOU CAN HELP

Offer to review/practice

Share your experiences with interviewing, resumes, etc.

Help your son/daughter find their first, professional suit

Communicate what employers want (skills/experience) to help your student make decisions about how they spend their time

Encourage them to take advantage of campus resources



How you can help4
HOW YOU CAN HELP

Be their cheerleader

Share how you found your jobs (networking anyone?)

Don’t play the job seeker’s role

Encourage them to take advantage of campus resources


How you can help5
HOW YOU CAN HELP

Get them excited for the transition – will be different – but good!

Share challenges you faced in college/early career – and strategies that were helpful for you

Understand real world expenses and budgeting – share your strategies



Career center
CAREER CENTER

Facebook: CareerCenterTU

Twitter: TUCareer

7800 York Rd., Ste. 206 (Above Bill Bateman’s)

M-F 8am-5pm

Express Hours M-Th 1-3pm

410.704.2233

[email protected]

www.towson.edu/careercenter

www.towson.edu/careercenter/families.asp

Thriving Tiger Blog: http://thrivingtiger.wordpress.com/


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