What career help do students want from family members?
· Am I allowing my family member the freedom to have new experiences?
· Do I encourage the exploration of new ideas, experiences, and 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 family member tells me?
· Am I positive and supportive when my family member 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 family member about various occupations?
· Do I encourage my family member to find out about occupations of interest, referring them to appropriate resources?
· Do I help my family member to objectively look at their strengths and weaknesses and suggest how they might relate to various career areas?
· Do I compliment my family member on their good points and accomplishments?
· Do I help my family member identify occupations that they would be good at?
· Am I willing to refer my family member to friends/acquaintances who might discuss their occupations with them?
· Am I willing to actively help my family member find a summer/part-time/volunteer job that will help them explore a potential career field?
· Would I be willing to allow my family member to use my personal/professional contacts to find employment after graduation?
· Do I encourage activities that promote career development, while not emphasizing what has not been done?
· Am I willing to assist my family member in setting reasonable goals without insisting that my expectations be met?
· Do I ask questions that will encourage my family member's further career information-seeking behavior?
To receive assistance in answering these questions or to get assistance for your family member, come to the Office of Career Development and speak to the staff.