Information for Parents
Parents and other family members play an integral in the career development of students.
This site offers resources to inform your knowledge of the resources available to
your College of Business and Innovation student his/her career development.
The Career Development Process
The Career Development process can be broken down into four interrelated stages. The
College of Business and Innovation's required career courses, BUAD 2000 (Career Development
I) and BUAD 3000 (Career Development II) address each of these stages in a logical
and pragmatic fashion. Hands-on exploration in these classes provides students with
the structure and resources they need to make well-informed career decisions.
Self-assessment Students conduct a thorough examination of their values, interests, personal qualities,
skills and aptitudes to determine the whether certain careers will be appropriate
for their needs.
Major/Career Exploration Major and career exploration often occurs concurrently with self-assessment. As students
learn more about their personal make-up, they investigate appropriate majors and career
options where they will be able to practice their values, interests, skills, personal
qualities and aptitudes. If a student believes she is going to pursue and accounting
major, yet does not possess the aptitude or desire to examine, analyze, and interpret
accounting records, she will have a miserable academic and subsequent professional
existence. Thus, significant emphasis is placed on exploring options that are consistent
with student desires.
Experiential Learning Internships, co-operative education and related part-time employment or volunteerism
allow students to 'try on' careers. This way they affirm their tentative career choice,
gain valuable experience, build their professional network and increase the likelihood
they will be hired when they enter the job market. Conversely, if students find they
dislike, for example, their internship, they still have time to chart a different
Job/Graduate School Search
Encourage your students to become interdependent. Many students will look to parents
for decisions; however, we do our students a disservice when we find and provide all
the answers. When students have academic or career related concerns, encourage them
to contact the Student Services Office, Stranahan 1016, 419-530-2087 or the Business
Career Programs Office, Stranahan 1045, 419-530-5400 for referral information. These
two offices will help your student discover the appropriate resources for their concerns.
Do not pressure students to pursue a given career path. Many students believe they
will/should follow someone’s foot steps or become a second or third generation prototype
of a parent. Depending on skills, values, interests, personal qualities and aptitudes,
this may be realistic; however, students should be encouraged to explore careers that
are consistent with their personal make-up. Ultimately, they will be much happier
pursuing careers they enjoy versus careers they thing their parents want them to enjoy.
Purchase your career-related gift ideas. Need holiday, birthday or commencement gift
ideas? Why not take your student job search shopping? Whether your student is seeking
an internship or full-time employment, s/he will need to bolster their professional
presence. Some suggestions include: suits, cotton shirts, cotton blouses, leather
shoes, belts, or portfolios, dark socks, nylons, simple jewelry, or day planners (paper
Remind your student of upcoming Business Career Programs sponsored events Refer your
student to the Calendar of Events designed to enhance job search skills.
Become an active member of your student’s career/job search team. It is not unusual
for students and families to overlook one of the most obvious ways to explore careers
or build networks. By simply talking to family members about their careers students
may become aware of possible career options or names of people they may contact to
inquire about their careers or job possibilities. Sometimes the most obvious resources
are the least tapped.