Review Checklist

What career help do students want from family members?

(Review Checklist)

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___ Do I allow my family member the freedom to have new experiences?
___ Do I encourage the exploration of new ideas, experiences, occupations without being pushy?
___ Am I willing to tolerate ideas and values which are different than my own?
___ Do I really listen to what my family member tells me?
___ Am I positive and supportive when my family member makes a poor decision or fails?


___ Do I talk openly and honestly about my current job, including both the pros and cons?
___ Am I willing to discuss my own career development history?
___ Do I tell my family member about various occupations?
___ Do I encourage my family member to find out about occupations of interest, referring him/her to appropriate resources?

Personal Insights

___ Do I help my family member to objectively look at his/her strengths and weaknesses and suggest how they might relate to various career areas?
___ Do I compliment my family member on his/her good points and accomplishments?
___ Do I help my family member identify occupations that he/she would be good at?


___ Am I willing to refer my family member to friends/acquaintances who might discuss their occupations with him/her?
___ Am I willing to actively help my family member find a summer/part-time/volunteer job that will help him/her explore a potential career field?
___ Would I be willing to allow my family member to use my personal/professional contacts to find employment after graduation?


___ Do I encourage activities that promote career development, while not emphasizing what has not been done?
___ Am I willing to assist my family member in setting reasonable goals without insisting that my expectations be met?
___ Do I ask questions that will encourage my family member's further career information-seeking behavior?


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