Career Planning and Development

Help Your Student in the Career Decision Making Process

Parents

As a parent, is it very important that you understand the role you play in helping your University of North Alabama student be successful. Your role in the career decision making process can be very beneficial to your students' success. Please remember these important factors: 

Encourage-Encourage your student to move beyond his/her comfort zone, explore options, engage in education and get involved, educate him/herself on various majors and career choices, and use the Career Planning and Development Center and its resources. 

Support-Choosing a major can be difficult. Most students desire the support of their parents. Parents are encouraged to talk with their student about the pros and cons of majors/careers, but ultimately, the decision should be left up to the student who will be going to work each day. Empower your student to make their own decisions and realize that all decisions have consequences, whether positive or negative. 

Listen-As a parent, it's important to listen to your student and let your student bounce ideas off of you.  Keep an open mind and allow your student to talk about likes and dislikes. Knowing that you will listen is key to helping your student make a decision. 

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