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1 Parents as Partners: Identifying an appropriate role for parents in career exploration and planning Heather Fredrickson Career Professional Marjorie Savage Parent Program Director

2 Background What Parents Want from College Student to graduate: –In four years –With a useful degree that will lead to a job Student to be prepared for the future: –Mature –Independent –With a plan for what’s next

3 Background Reasons for Involvement Parents are told to be involved Financial impact of a college education Technology makes communication easy Students initiate involvement

4 Background Parents Greatest Concerns Health & Safety22.7% Academics19.8% Career Planning18.0% Finances13.9% Personal Relationships 7.0% Involvement Oppor. 2.3% Other/none16.1%

5 Background What Students Ask Parents About Finances30.6% Career Planning19.7% Academics12.5% Health/Safety 8.2% Personal Relationships 7.3% Involvement Oppor. 1.6% Other/none 21.0%

6 Background Parents Whose Greatest Concern is Career Planning Freshmen Parents 5.8% Sophomore Parents 16.0% Junior Parents 23.0% Senior Parents 42.3%

7 Background Q: On What Topic Are Students Asking Most Advice? A: Career Planning Freshmen 11.4% Sophomores 15.7% Juniors 23% Seniors 40.5%

8 University of Minnesota Parent Poll Who do you think has had the greatest influence on your student's career decisions so far? –41.8% said mother –24.9% said father –15.5% said teacher –10.9% said college adviser/counselor –0.8% said high school guidance counselor –2.6% said employer –3.4% said other, including individual decision, both parents, friends/family friends, grandparents/other relatives N=337; University of Minnesota online parent poll, July 2007

9 University of Minnesota Parent Poll Do you expect your student to go to graduate school after completing an undergraduate degree? 11.7% said no 43.8% said yes, right after earning a bachelors degree 23.1% said yes, but not until he/she works for a year or two 20.1% said maybe, but not in the immediate future 0.9% said I don't know N=685 University of Minnesota online parent poll, July/August 2006

10 University of Minnesota Parent Poll How much influence do you think—as a parent— should have on your student’s career choice? –2.8% said a lot –37.7% said some –35.1% said a little –21.3% said very little –3.1% said none N=738; University of Minnesota online parent poll, August 2007

11 Desired Outcomes of Parent Involvement Families contribute to student success by Understanding the student experience and knowing about resources available at the University of Minnesota. Communicate through print and newsletters List resources, FAQs, “issues of the month” on Parent Web site Schedule parent events—Move-In receptions, Parents Weekend

12 Desired Outcomes of Parent Involvement Families contribute to student success by Supporting the University’s goals for student learning outcomes Promote Student Outcomes at Orientation, in communications Couch answers to parent questions in terms of student learning Base parent services on Student Success, not parent interests Provide information on policies, typical procedures

13 Desired Outcomes of Parent Involvement Families contribute to student success by Knowing when to step in to help their student and when to empower their student to take responsibility Provide information on FERPA (http://www.parent.umn.edu/ferpa.html) and HIPAA (http://www.ahc.umn.edu/privacy/hipaa/home.html)http://www.parent.umn.edu/ferpa.html Make parent access to information easy—when students authorize it Provide information for parents on key health/safety issues (examples: alcohol, mental health) Publicize emergency numbers, resources

14 Desired Outcomes of Parent Involvement Families contribute to student success by Developing an affinity for the University of Minnesota Acknowledge parent investment in the institution Promote campus events Call on parents as volunteers (appropriately!)

15 Parent/Student Tensions Changing plans Career possibilities of selected major Cultural expectations –Types of careers that are acceptable –Decision-making as a community process –Separation of career and personal interests Fear of disappointing family

16 First Year…In Class Message from Career Services Career Professionals present in every Orientation Class (and at Orientation) Get involved, try different things, set goals that will help you figure out who you are and what you like and what you don’t like…

17 First Year Parent Message Many students change their major, don’t worry about it. Have you been to your career center to learn more about options for you? Get involved on campus to help you determine where your interests lie.

18 Second Year…Individual Career Appointment by Major Each Career Professional e- mails students individually to encourage an appointment. Brainstorm options that fit with your self assessment and career ideas: Study or Work Abroad Possible Internships Mentor Program Career Fairs Get to Know Your Faculty

19 Second Year Parent Message Have you had your individual appointment with your career counselor? What have you liked in your classes? What have you liked outside of class?

20 Third Year…Take The Strategic Career Planning Class. CFAN4201 Strategic Career Planning for Juniors & Seniors Line up your Internship or Study/Work Abroad. Gain experience in your field if you haven’t already!

21 Third Year Parent Message Would you like me to give you names of people I know that work in the areas you are considering? Are you taking a career planning class? How does your resume look?

22 Fourth or Fifth Year…In The Career Center and at Various Career Fairs Career Professionals work individually with students as they fine tune their career goals. Identify what you are interested in (right now) and go for it! Networking Effective Interviewing Targeted Materials

23 Fourth or Fifth Year Parent Message Have you thought of how to get related experience before you graduate? Have you been to the Career Center, or looked for jobs on GoldPASS?

24 Sum It Up! Parents have a legitimate interest in their student’s career planning It’s helpful to parents if we explain how we work with students on career decisions They will support and reinforce our career messages to students when they know what we’re saying and why we’re saying it We all want the same thing: a mature, responsible graduate who is career ready

25 Contact Information Marjorie Savage Parent Program Director Phone: , Web site: Parents Guide to Career Planning: Heather Fredrickson Career Professional Phone: , Web site:


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