Resources for Parents
College can prove to be an overwhelming time for students, however, we here at UB’s Center for Career Development have worked hard to make at least one aspect of this transition a bit easier, and that’s career planning.
Career planning is something that should be started freshman year, beginning with career/major exploration. The Center has developed a structured “Four Year Plan,” which outlines specific activities and resources students should take advantage of in order to ensure they have a competitive edge upon graduation.
The UB Family Guide to Career Planning
- Assistance choosing a major and exploring careers
- Identifying goals and developing a plan
- Resume and cover letter building
- Internship and job search
- Interview preparation
- Leadership development
- Graduate school research/applications
- Skills workshops and presentations
- On-campus employer recruitment
- Career information sessions
- Encourage your student to visit the Center for Career Development early to take advantage of all we have to offer.
- Know of opportunities within your organization? Let us know!
- Follow our social media sites and check our website to stay on top of our upcoming events.
Yes! The following books may be of interest to you:
The Parent’s Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your College Student Succeed
by Marcia B. Harris & Sharon L. Jones
Hand-Me-Down Dreams: How Families Influence Our Career Paths and How We Can Reclaim Them
by Mary H. Jacobsen
The UB Family Career Development Checklist
- Support your student’s exploration of new areas of study and interests.
- Support your student’s responsible involvement in campus activities but urge balance with responsibilities.
- Talk with your students about their activities and classes. Your willingness to listen will and be a sounding board will keep you in the loop.
- Don’t panic if your student wants to major in English or Art. These can be great choices especially if they match your student’s skills and interests.
- Affirm what you know to be areas of skill and ability your student has consistently demonstrated. Sometimes students overlook these areas and need reminding.
- Urge your student to visit the Center for Career Development. There are counselors who want to help your student succeed!
- Take career tests to determine personality preferences, interests, values, and work style.
- Do research to determine whether their career path is compatible with their personality and life goals.
- Explore extracurricular activities is important. Joining campus clubs and organizations can help students create friendships, have fun, and develop career skills.
- Get to know professors, faculty, counselors, staff, and administrators. This is when students begin to build their network!
- Attend job and internship fairs to aid summer jobs or internships searches.
- Make an appointment with the Center for Career Development (located on the Garden Level of Wahlstrom Library) and become familiar with the career resources available.