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Students often mention to us how much family influences their career choices. Yet we know from talking with family members that you’re not always sure what kind of advice you should be offering—and what might be considered too much advice.

Remember that students are ultimately going to be their happiest by finding and walking down their own unique career path.

Support them as they explore new interests and gain new experiences. You can use this four-year checklist to guide some of your conversations. Don’t be afraid to talk to them about what helped shape your career path—even the so-called “mistakes.” And gently remind them that the Career Development Center is here to offer one-on-one career advising, and a lot more.

Check out our Academics and Advising at IU Bloomington presentation from Summer Orientation to learn how your student can succeed during their first year at IU.

Family Employers

If you are in a recruiting role at your organization, we encourage you to collaborate with us.

In addition to sharing your career stories, experiences, and connections with all IU students, you may be able to provide a work opportunity that could uniquely influence a student’s career path—even if it’s not your student’s.

Visit the Employers section of our site to learn about the different ways you can get involved, and how easy it is to make the first step!