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How You Can Help Your Hope Student

As a Listener, you can

  • Provide non-judgmental listening and honest feedback
  • Initiate conversations on career plans, listen, respond, and ask questions.
  • See the situation from son's/daughter's perspective
  • Encourage your son/daughter to be true to self, values, interests, and talents and give positive feedback on those abilities you see in your son/daughter
  • Help to develop independent decision-making skills

As a Network Resource, you can

  • Refer your son/daughter to colleagues, friends, neighbors, parishioners, family, and community members with experience related to his or her interests
  • Offer encouragement to approach people and build networking skills
  • Suggest your son/daughter make connections with faculty; the first year in college is the time to develop the habit of getting to know instructors.
    • answer questions about course materials and academic progress
    • provide letters of recommendation for internships, scholarships, and graduate school applications
  • Suggest an internship or part-time job to your son/daughter. This will provide valuable on-the-job experience.

As an Advocate, you can

  • Encourage your son/daughter to avoid procrastination and begin the career planning process early
  • Encourage your son/daughter to take advantage of all resources available through the Office of Career Services and other offices on campus

Some Areas We Suggest You Avoid

  • Limiting major or career choices for your son/daughter may make it difficult for your son/daughter to gain independent decision making skills and fulfill a calling based on interest, skills, strengths, and values
  • Contacting employers regarding the status of your son/daughter’s application or promotion, or attending career fairs and job interviews with your son/daughter, could send a message that your son/daughter is not capable of independent decision making or is not a qualified candidate.