Parents and families

Your support matters.

We know that as a parent or family member, you often have a huge influence on your student’s career choice. At the same time, we know from talking with parents that you’re not always sure what advice to give or when to give it. 

We’re here to help. VCU Career Services offers free career planning services to every VCU student. Your student’s personal career advisor can assist with:

We encourage you to be supportive, ask questions and offer advice from your own life experience. The National Association of Colleges and Employers offers tips for parents on how to support your student during their career development journey:

  • Talk to your student about their plans for life after VCU and offer encouragement and support.
  • Offer stories about your own career and the lessons that you learned.
  • Encourage your student to get started on career planning by making an appointment with a career advisor.
  • Have your student explore Handshake, VCU’s job, internship and career-planning event database.

Resources for families