Parents are the backbone and support system that our students depend on, even if they say it isn't so.
It takes all of us to be encouragers, mentors, and to motivate our students to be successful. Career planning is a four-year activity. We request that you encourage your student to register early with the UMHB Career Center for an action plan. Feel free to contact Career Services if we may assist in any way at 254-295-4691.
A Parent's Checklist: Helping Your Student Find a Career
- Am I allowing my child the freedom to have new experiences?
- Do I encourage the exploration of new ideas, experiences, or 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 child tells me?
- Am I positive and supportive when my child makes a poor decision or fails?
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 child about various occupations?
Do I encourage my child to find out about careers of interest, referring him/her to appropriate resources?
Do I help my child objectively look at her/his strengths and weaknesses and suggest how they might relate to various career areas?
Do I compliment my child on his/her good points and accomplishments?
Do I help my child identify careers that he/she would be good at?
Am I willing to refer my child to friends and acquaintances who might discuss their occupations with her/him?
Am I willing to actively help my child find an internship or summer/part-time/volunteer job that will help her/him explore a potential career field?
Would I be willing to allow my child to use my personal and professional contacts to find employment after graduation?
Do I encourage activities that promote career development?
Am I willing to assist my child in setting reasonable goals and be consistent in my expectations that these be met?
Do I ask questions that will encourage my child in seeking further career information?
*Checklist by Lenz and O'Neal, Florida State University
Recommended Reading for Parents
Career Coaching Your Kids by David H. Montross, Theresa E. Kane, and Robert J. Ginn, Jr.
The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your College Student Succeed by Marcia B. Harris and Sharon L. Jones
Career Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Bawcom Student Union, Second Floor (Student Life Suite)
Address: 900 College Street, UMHB Station Box 8415, Belton, TX 76513
Phone: (254) 295-4691
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm