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As a parent, you play a vital role in the lives of your students. Researchers have found that close relationships with family helps students adjust to college life, make effective career and relationship choices, and develop self-confidence and a sense of personal autonomy.

It is our hope that by making you aware of the various services, programs and activities we offer, we can gain your support in encouraging your student to take advantage of career resources offered through our office. Here's how you can help:

Stay in the know

The Hiatt Career Center encourages parents to connect with us through a variety of social media tools to stay up-to-date with upcoming events, announcements, and more.

f"Like" our Facebook page for the most current information about upcoming events, featured jobs and internships, and event photos.

tFollow us on Twitter (@HiattatBrandeis) for interesting news articles on current trends in the job market, event reminders, career advice, and updates about happenings at Hiatt.

linkedinJoin the Brandeis University Career Connections networking group on LinkedIn to share career resources and advice with Brandeis students and alumni across industries, job functions and georgraphic areas.

Encourage your student to attend Hiatt-sponsored events

Students report that they come when you weigh in. Encourage your student to access our full events calendar by logging in with their UNet ID and password to our B.hired database. Events include career development workshops, company information sessions, networking nights, career fairs and more. Browse employer-related events here.

Encourage your student to come in early and often.

Whether your student is a first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior – focused or unfocused – it's never too early, or too late, to engage with Hiatt. The timeline below suggests a general structure students may follow during their four years at Brandeis.

Career Planning Timeline for Parents

Your son or daughter just left for (or returned to) college but doesn't seem to have a clue as to what he or she wants to major in, let alone choose as a career. Don't worry! This is not unusual, although you might wish your child had a little more sense of direction!  Choosing a career is a process students need to go through—and they go through the stages of this process at different rates of speed. 

Choosing a career is a process students need to go through—and they go through the stages of this process at different rates of speed. The steps include: 

  1. assessing skills, interests, and abilities (an important first step to choosing an appropriate career);
  2. exploring majors and career options;
  3. experimenting with possible career options; and
  4. organizing and conducting a job or graduate school search. 

You can assist and support your child in each of these stages. But what can—or should—you do? 

Here's your own career planning timeline.