Dos and Don’ts for Parents – Involvement in your College Student’s Career Development

Entering college can be a little worrisome. Parents have concerns with safety, grades, tuition, and roommates among many other things, so it’s no wonder they want to be more involved. Encouraging independence will improve your college student’s chances for success while attending university and beyond.

Below is a short list of Do’s and Don’ts for parents from a career development perspective:

  • Do – Keep up with what is happening through UConn’s Center for Career Development’s website and ask your college student how they have been involved.
  • Do – Encourage your college student to attend programs and events to develop skills needed in the “working” world.
  • Do – Teach your college student proper etiquette, such as showing up for appointments and the ramifications of not appearing for an event when they formally replied that they would attend. Or turning off cell phones during meetings or interviews.
  • Do – Learn about your college student’s major and the courses they are studying. It may help you feel involved, connected, and aid in conversations about how their studies are progressing. UConn’s Undergraduate Catalog can be found at
  • Do – Talk to your college student about their future and their options.
  • Do – Dream about your college student’s successes, making sure to emphasize that, while you played an important role, it’s through their hard work and perseverance that brought them to where they are today.
  • Do – Get involved at UConn’s Center for Career Development. Write a guest blog on our website at Ask your employer if they would consider recruiting student talent from UConn. Email your company internship opportunities to There are many ways you can help a Husky.
  • Don’t – Write your college student’s résumé. A well-written résumé is a learned skill and our Center has programs and services to teach them those skills.
  • Don’t – Send anyone an angry email or letter to anyone on behalf of your college student. Teach your student how to properly advocate for themselves.
  • Don’t – Show up at a job interview with your college student. If they need you need to drive them, wait in the car or in a nearby shop.
  • Don’t – Plan your college student’s career for them.
  • Don’t – Forget about UConn’s Center for Career Development. We offer internship and co-op resources, mock interviews, résumé reviews, career counseling, programs, events, and so much more – all to help your college student learn more about themselves, gain valuable experience and search for the career they really want.
By Pamela Zagami
Pamela Zagami Administrative Services Specialist Pamela Zagami