Resources for Parents

How To Help Your Son or Daughter With Career Decisions

The Carroll College Career Services staff recognizes and values the important role parents play in the career decisions of their son or daughter. Career Services can and should be an integral part of your son's or daughter's life at Carroll, and we offer programs and services which they can take advantage of all four years. However, unlike classes which are required for graduation, our services are voluntary. Students will be contacted by our office on a regular basis—usually through email messages—but we cannot require them to visit us. Your support and encouragement can go a long way to increase the probability that your son or daughter will use our services.

There are many new and interesting career paths in the 21st century that did not exist for our generation that your son or daughter will have a chance to explore. Please encourage them to be creative, to set goals, to follow dreams, to take chances, and to make mistakes and learn from them. They will all be the wiser for it, and it will set the stage for fulfilling, lifelong career opportunities.

To help you support your son or daughter, Career Services has compiled a list of suggested activities for students to participate in, organized by academic year in school. Additionally, we have provided lists of questions that you can use to begin productive discussions with them across all four college years, which will help provide answers to questions you may have as your son/daughter explores a variety of career choices, and that will help them recognize the importance of initiating their own career development process. 

Recommended Publications

  To further assist you in helping your student with the college transition and career development, a list of recommended publications follows.

The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your College Student Succeed
Sharon Jones, Marcia Harris, 2007

Career Coaching Your Kids: Guiding Your Child Through the Process of Career Discovery
David Montross, Consulting Psychologist Press 2004

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide
Carol Barkin, Avon Books 1999

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years
Helen E. Johnson, Griffin Trade Paperback 2000

Parents' Guide to College Life: 181 Straight Answers on Everything You Can Expect Over the Next Four Years
Robin Raskin, Princeton Review 2006

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years
Karen Levin Coburn, Harper Perennial 2003

You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me):Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
Marjorie Savage, Fireside 2003

The Launching Years : Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life
Jennifer Wyatt & Laura Kastner, Three Rivers Press 2002

25 Ways to Make College Pay Off: Advice for Anxious Parents from a Professor Who's Seen It All
Bill Coplin, Amacom 2007


Don't have a major? Confused about what career path you wish to prepare for or what direction you want to take?

Career Services offers a one credit class each semester that can be taken on a pass/fail basis that will address these issues. The class begins immediately following Fall and Sping breaks.

Interested students simply contact the Registrar's Office and complete the registration process sometime prior to leaving for the break.

This class is appropriate for freshmen and sophomore students who need/desire assistance in determining an academic major or help in deciding upon an appropriate occupation or career path.

A $35.00 fee will be assessed to pay for the formal career inventories/instruments completed during the course of the class.


Job Search Boot Camp is a one-credit class in which studentslearn how to market themselves effectively as  candidates for employment in today’s economy and which sectors ARE hiring. There is plenty of reason to feel confident when one knows what to expect and how to present oneself and market one's skills.

Job Search Boot Camp is designed to provide forward looking juniors and graduating senior students with the necessary career management skills to effectively identify and compete for professional career opportunities. Activities covered in the course include principles, methods, and practice in achieving career goals with emphasis on: exploration of career opportunities in one’s field, job market trends, identification of strengths, resume development, cover letter composition, mastering behavioral-style interviewing, salary and benefits negotiations, effective networking strategies, budgeting and personal finance issues, professional image, and the use of technology in achieving career goals.


Questions? Contact Rosalie Walsh in Career Services

NACE for Parents

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has an excellent career development website for college students and their parents. (account is required to view articles)