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Parents and Families

Student with family posing on blue turf

Parents and families have a big role to play in their student’s career success. Career Services is here to help you figure out how you can best support your student as they work towards their career. We even have a Facebook group just for you where you find out about upcoming career events and opportunities to share with your student, ask us questions, and discuss ideas with other families. Join the Boise State Career Services – Parents Facebook Group now.

You may have learned at Orientation how important it is for your student to make the most of their college experience by starting the career planning process early and participating in career preparation experiences outside the classroom.

To best help your student, familiarize yourself with the resources available to them so that you’re able to make specific recommendations to your student as needed. We recommend starting with our 4 Year Career Plan so you have an idea of when you might want to direct your student to different services and resources.

Career Counseling and Job Search Advising

Encourage your student to make an appointment with one of our career counselors or job search advisors. Learn more about the career planning process and career counseling here.

Here are some of the things we can help with:

  • Decisions about majors and career paths
  • Administration and interpretation of career assessments
  • Career planning and becoming employable
  • Creating a career preparation plan
  • Searching for jobs or internships
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Personal branding, LinkedIn, and your online presence
  • Interviewing

Who is helping your student? Meet our staff.

Virtual Career Center

Explore the Virtual Career Center with your student to easily find the best resources to meet your student’s needs. From interactive virtual workshops to career information databases, your student can access to the tools needed to plan for a career or get a job in our Virtual Career Center.

The Virtual Career Center can help your student with:

Opportunities to Gain Experience

Career Services facilitates or assists with several programs that help your student gain experience, develop professional skills, and build their network, including Work U, internships, and on-campus student employment. To learn more, visit our Gain Experience page. Remember that our career counselors can assist your student with identifying and applying to the best opportunities to gain experience based on their individual career goals!

Workshops and Events

Career Services hosts or partners with other departments to host a variety of workshops and events to help your student plan for a career, expand their professional network, and connect with employment opportunities. See our event list for more information.


Career Services posts on- and off-campus student employment opportunities, internships, and career employment positions on Handshake. Make sure your student knows about Handshake and how to access it! Have your students follow the instructions on this page to access their Handshake account.