University of Dubuque


Information for Parents/Guardians

UD's Career Services is led by its mission and goals. Also, we understand that parents and/or guardians serve as important resources for students and their career planning. Please take time to become familiar with the services we offer and continue to encourage your student's pursuit in their future career.

What you can do as a parent/guardian:

  • Encourage your student to work on career planning throughout his or her college career.
  • Resist the temptation to steer your student toward a major simply because it fits your interests. Students are more likely to be successful in academics and in their careers if they're doing what they enjoy.
  • Encourage your student to visit UD's Career Services.   
  • Support internship and volunteer opportunities. Employers and graduate/professional schools are interested not just in a person's college degree, but also in what she/he has learned and done. While internships and volunteer positions may not pay well, their long-term value is worthwhile.

Supported information from The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning, by Marcia B. Harris and Sharon L. Jones (2007)

List of Services Offered by UD Career Services  Upcoming Events for Your UD Student

Parent Resources:

Career Assessment and Career Education                                        

Utilization of Career Assessments in Higher Education                         


Internship & Job Outlook Resources:

UD is a member of the National Association for Colleges & Employers (NACE) click here

 UD actively utilizes the Occupational Outlook Handbook, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statisticsclick here





***Resources Parents Can Provide to Their UD Student***

Co-curricular Study Guide: For students to attain a holistic educational experience, they are encouraged to develop a co-curricular plan that promotes participation in activities, which compliment their in-class academic experiences. This guide can be utilized by students and their advisors to encourage students to help strengthen their educational skills, service, and knowledge. 

4 Year Career Development Guide: Career development is a long process of exploring and experiencing options. The following is a list of recommended activities to help students discover career interest and achieve those career goals. Not all of these activities will be applicable for every student, and some, it may change the order in which they apply some of these practices, but these are all activities students should consider while in college.

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