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For Families

Things to Know

  • Parents and other family members have enormous influence upon student's career thoughts and decisions. Your involvement in the following ways can help your student in the career development process:
  • Visit CORC when you come to campus, and advise your student to check out our user-friendly career center on the 3rd floor of the Johnson Library. Our staff loves to have students, alumni, family, and friends drop in to ask about our resources.
  • Suggest that your student (even first years) make an appointment with a CORC career counselor. It's advantageous for students to get an early start on thinking about potential connections between their academic studies and work.
  • Recognize that your student's academic concentration alone may not clearly define a career path. Career choices are influenced by interests, skills, and values that emerge from academic courses, volunteer activities, internships, and work experiences.
  • Help your student cultivate networking skills by suggesting names of friends, neighbors, relatives, business associates, and community contacts for an information interview
  • Encourage your student to try out career ideas through short-term work experiences such as internships, summer jobs, or volunteering.
  • Many students feel a lot of pressure to make the "right" career or graduate school choice, fearing that a misstep could hinder them. Reassure your student that any decisions made at this stage in life are not irreversible and that experimentation is a normal part of the career development process.


The links below will bring you to articles about career development issues, written especially for parents of college students and made available to us by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers).

A Parents' Guide to Career Development (pdf)
Ten ways parents can help their students with career planning.

A Career Planning Course for Parents (pdf)
Career issues students may face during each year of college and ways parents can be supportive; includes the top skills and qualities employers want in recent college graduates.

Great Books for Graduating Seniors (pdf)
A list of books that offer "real world" advice, recommended by career counselors at schools nationwide.

Parents Have Their Say . . . About Their College-Age Children's Career Decisions (pdf)
Summarizes research done with parents of students attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although other studies have shown that students seek career advice and approval most often from their parents, the UNC study found that parents themselves do not believe they have much influence.

How You Can Help

Five Ways to Help Hampshire Students Connect to the World of Work

Stay Connected

There are many ways to stay connected with the Career Options Resource Center (CORC) and with Hampshire as a whole:

Subscribe to the CORC Listserves
The information on our listserves is directed towards students. Subscribing is great way for you to know about some of the opportunities available. See list on righthand sidebar.

Check out the resources for parents and families and the family blog
Connect with other families; find out more about student life at Hampshire

Did you know?

CORC offers career counseling to students and alums.
Learn more »

Location and Hours

Harold F. Johnson Library, 3rd Floor
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Stay In Touch
Snail Mail
Career Options Resource Center
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone + Email
Fax: 413.559.6148