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Career Services for Parents

Whitworth Career Services is committed to keeping you informed about the services available to your students, about the current job market, and about ways that you can assist career services. You are an important part of your child's career planning; our student surveys show that your support is extremely important during career exploration and job search. 

What You Can Do

  • Encourage your student to work on career planning throughout his or her college career.
  • Resist the temptation to steer your student toward a major simply because it fits your interests. Students are more likely to be successful in school and in their careers if they're doing what they enjoy.
  • Encourage your student to visit the Whitworth Career Services Office.
  • Support internship and volunteer opportunities. Employers are interested not just in a person's college degree, but also in what s/he has learned and done. While internships and volunteer positions may not pay well, their long-term value is worthwhile.

Information is excerpted from The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning, by Marcia B. Harris and Sharon L. Jones (2007).