How to be helpful:

  • Listen!
  • Support the exploration of a variety of potential careers, no matter how many times your student changes their mind.
  • Encourage your student to build skills and strengths out of the classroom.
  • Encourage your student to make academics a priority.
  • Identify the talents and abilities you have observed in your student and share them.
  • Encourage your student to find their passion and pursue a vocation rather than simply guaranteeing a job.

What do I need to know as a parent?

  • Be aware that the majority of college students change their major at least once.
  • Recognize that many career choices today require further schooling such as graduate school or professional school.
  • Encourage your student to visit Career Services, the Lilly Center for Vocational Reflection, and their academic advisor.
  • Ask intentional questions to help your student filter through what can be a difficult decision.
  • Don't…
    • push earning potential as a sole decision-making factor.
    • bug your student about changing his mind and not sticking with a major.
    • push "occupation specific" degrees over a liberal arts degree.
  • Be careful to not expect your student to follow in your footsteps or take over the family business.

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