Articles and Resources

The following is a set of articles and resources for parents and families that supplement the resources found elsewhere in this section and the CEC website. Many of them come from other colleges and university websites with valuable insights and advice on the career process:

About Career Development and Career Services

  • The Value of Career Services - shows statistical results and related findings from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey
  • An Open Letter to Students and Parents - a great primer on what a career services offices can (and cannot) do to help students move forward in their career development.Written by the Director of Communication Career Services at University of Texas-Austin.
  • Top 10 Career Strategies for Freshmen and Sophomores - emphasizes that becoming marketable to employers or graduate schools is a four-year job. Reprint of a NACE article from the University of Rhode Island website.
  • Why Grads Should Take a Gap Year - though dating to 2009, this article makes the case that "For many graduates, burned out from four (or more) years of intense study, taking a year to do something less pressured can be a hugely positive experience with great pay-off longer-term." From Harvard Business Review blogger Tammy Erickson.

Advice and Information for Parents

  • A Parents' Guide to Career Development - highlights a list of 10 things any parent can do to support their student's career development. Reprint of a NACE article from the Western Oregon University website.
  • A Career Planning Course for Parents - a primer on the process of choosing a major and/or career. Reprint of a NACE article from the Dartmouth University website.
  • Parents Supporting Their College Students' Career Planning - gives an array of practical suggestions. Posted on Ohio State University's Career Navigator website.
  • An Alternative Graduation Speech for Parents of New College Grads— former Duke and Brown career center director Sheila Curran offers some words of wisdom that parents can share with their new grads.

Let Us Know

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