Careers 101

For Parents of First Year College Students

During their first year or so of college, students will be involved (formally or informally) in assessing their skills, interests, and abilities. They will do this through finding success (or failure) in courses they take, involvement in campus activities, discussions with their friends and faculty, and generally being exposed to and trying out different ideas and experiences.

Most students enter college with a very limited knowledge of the vast array of courses and majors available to them. When they begin to delve into studies that are new to them, even those who entered with a plan may be drawn to different options. This is an exciting time for students!

Here's what you can do to help:

  • Support your child's exploration of new areas of study and interests. This, after all, is what education is all about!
  • Affirm what you know to be areas of skill and ability he or she has consistently demonstrated. Sometimes students overlook these and need to be reminded.
  • Talk with your son or daughter about the courses and activities he or she is enjoying and how well your student is doing. Students discover new things about themselves throughout the college experience. Your willingness to listen and be a sounding board will keep you in the loop.
  • Don't panic if your student is excited about majoring in something like English, history, or art. These can be excellent choices, particularly if they are a good match for a student's interests and skills.
  • Support your son or daughter's responsible involvement in campus activities but urge this to be balanced with maintaining achievement in the classroom
  • Urge your child to seek assistance in UAB Career Services. Career Services has assessment instruments and counselors to help students to define their skills, interests, and abilities.

 

Reprinted from an article by Sally Kearsley (Article from JobWeb.com)

UAB News

  • Justice may be blind, but Griffin Edwards isn’t. The UAB Collat School of Business assistant professor crunches numbers to shed light on the surprising, often unintended consequences of laws. He reveals what he’s learned from crime data, crop yields, and golf scores in UAB Magazine.Justice may be blind, but Griffin...

  • UAB and Red Cross host a holiday blood drive with a Wild West theme.Celebrate a Wild West holiday with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cowboy Christmas Blood Drive Roundup. The drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, runs at UAB Hospital and UAB Highlands from Dec. 1-11. Blood...

  • The outreach program of UAB Eye Care is collecting donated blankets and other items ahead of winter to share with patients who come through its “Gift of Sight” event.Community Eye Care, the outreach program of University of Alabama at Birmingham Eye Care, is offering not only the gift of sight...

UAB Career & Professional Development Twitter