Thursday, July 19, 2007
Thoughts for Parents from the Director
Glenn Triezenberg, Director of Career Development, brings years of experience in the field to his annual talks to parents of in-coming freshmen. With wit and warmth, he connects with parents on a number of levels. In case you missed that talk, here’s what he had to say:
Four points which parents need to know now:
1) Itís normal for freshmen not to know what their major is and future career will be.
2) Itís normal for students to switch ideas on major and career as they grow and mature. These are developmentally linked and experientially based changes. Whatís a parent to do in the meantime? Be patient while they develop and while God develops his will in their lives.
3) It’s normal for parents, seeing the struggle, to want to provide answers. But sometimes open ended questions prove to be more effective. Questions such as: what are you learning; what are you liking; how are you growing; what are you involved in (encouraging balance in their life style). And finally, are you doing your job? Meaning the job of being a good and faithful student.
4) It’s normal for parents to encourage students to see a career counselor within the first year of college (took a few editorial liberties with this tip to retain consistency…though not necessarily Normal, this idea is Highly Suggested). Why? Because career counselors want to get to know students as persons, find out where they are developmentally, establish a relationship and help them discover Godís will for their lives as well as how they can best spend their time and talents.
For a full list of Career Development Services, visit http://www.calvin.edu/admin/career/handouts/