Parent Resources 

Parents and children sitting on a couch and reading together 

Dear Parents,

We realize that parents have a great impact on the lives of their sons and daughters, particularly with regard to career planning—we would like to partner with you in this effort! The Office of Career Services is available to JJC students and alumni to assist in career planning.

As a parent in this important role, you can encourage your student to take advantage of the programs and services we have to offer.

Our services include:

  • Career counseling
  • Resume tools
  • Internships
  • Job Search
  • Job Fairs
  • Career Assessments

Some students are not ready to address career/life planning and may not choose to contact our office. As a parent you can encourage them in a number of different ways.

What can parents do?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Listen carefully to your student's ideas about careers and majors. Try to see the situation from their perspective.
  • Be supportive of your student in exploring many different activities. Encourage exploration of their values, interests and talents.
  • Emphasize internships as a way to gain valuable experience.
  • Get to know what the Career Services Center offers and encourage your student to visit early in their college life.
  • Talk positively to your student about the world of work.
  • Help your student network with individuals who are employed in fields he/she is interested in.
  • Stress the importance of planning now for a job search.

Encourage your daughter or son to take advantage of all of the services that the Office of Career Services provides. Appointments are available at flexible times to meet students' class and work schedule needs. We as the staff of Career Services, look forward to serving you and your JJC student.

Bridget Larkin-Beene
Director of Career Services

Recommended Reading for Parents

  • The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your College Student Suceed by Marcia B. Harris and Sharon L. Jones, Career Dimensions, 2007.
  • Letting Go: a Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treegar, HarperPerennial, 1997
  • When Kids Go to College: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships by Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman, Ohio State University Press, 1992
  • Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation by Neil Howe, William Strauss, Vintage Books, 2000

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Phone: (815) 729-9020