Life After Appalachian

Graduation 1500 0825Although your students are just entering college, many of you are concerned about employment prospects for your student after they graduate. Will there be jobs for them when they graduate? Will they have majored in something of value to employers and graduate schools? What skills are needed to survive in today’s job market? These are just some of the questions often asked by concerned parents and families.

What You Can Do As A Parent or Family Member:

• Encourage your student to explore more than one field.

• Really listen to your student to learn what’s important to them; learn to separate what you’d like to see them do from what they’d like to do.

• Realize that every student has their own timetable…some may be ready to make career decisions during the sophomore year; others may not be ready until a later time.

• Reflect and offer feedback on what you have observed with your student through the years (“You really are good at…,” “You really enjoyed it when you…”).

• Encourage your student to begin in the first year to explore and plan for their career by utilizing the Career Exploration Center and the Career Development Center. Resources and a calendar of events can be found at

• Encourage your student to include an internship and other experiential education opportunities in their course of study.

Career Development Center: The Career Development Center provides career services to current and former Appalachian State students. From career counseling to job search tools, they offer many resources to help you launch and manage a successful and satisfying career.

Career Exploration Office: Career Exploration Office is an excellent place to start exploring majors. Trained Peer Counselors assist students through a four-step process of self-assessment, information, decision making, and career planning. Resources include self-directed searches, computer career guidance programs, assessment inventories, and information about majors and careers.

Internship Office: An internship combines work and learning in a possible career field, offers on-the-job training, and is a great resumé builder. Students may call to make an appointment with the Internship Resource Counselor.

Other Helpful Links:

Parent Portal Access

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