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Four Year Plan For Parents

As you endeavor to help your student define interests and chart a career path, the following Career Planning Course for Parents, developed by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) will be an invaluable tool.


Your son or daughter just left for (or returned to) college but doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what he or she wants to major in, let alone choose as a career. Don’t worry, this is not unusual, although you might wish your child had a little more sense of direction.

Choosing a career is a process students need to go through—and they go through the stages of this process at different rates of speed. The steps include:

  • assessing skills, interests, and abilities (an important first step to choosing an appropriate career)
  • exploring majors and career options
  • experimenting with possible career options
  • organizing and conducting a job or graduate school search

Here’s your own career planning timetable:

Careers 101 – For Parents of First-Year Students

Careers 201 – For Parents of Second-Year Students

Careers 301 – For Parents of “Mid-Career” Students

Careers 401 – For Parents of Graduating Seniors

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