creat conversationFamily members play an important role in guiding college students through the career development process. It is important that you provide support and encouragement, while allowing your student to make decisions based on their own experiences. Here are some tips for helping students with career decision-making.

  • Let your student guide conversations around major and career.
  • Be willing to listen and offer empathic advice when your student asks for it.
  • Allow your student to explore different careers and majors before making decisions.
  • Encourage your student to visit the career center, but let them schedule the appointment and go to the appointment on their own.
  • Stress the importance of experiential learning, and encourage them to participate in part-time jobs, internships, research, volunteer experiences, etc.
  • Help them build their network by connecting them to people you know who work in careers and industries that match their interests.
  • Encourage your student to attend the many career events offered on campus throughout the year.

Fees for Services

Nearly all of our services are free for students, but we do collect fees for career assessments. Fees for assessments are $20 for one assessment (either Strong Interest Inventory or TruTalents) or $40 for both. CliftonStrengths is also available for $12.

University Career Center
6th in the nation for its social media presence in 2013 —
Winner of the 2013 Innovation Excellence Award in Research —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2009 National Chevron Award winner for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2010 National Chevron Award finalist for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
Professional Clothing Closet won Service Program of the Year —2011-12 Jayhawk Choice Awards
More than 500 students enroll in career classes annually
Each year more than 7,500 jobs and 1,400 internships are posted in KU Career Connections
University Career Center hosts eight career fairs each year
More than 360 organizations attended University Career Center career fairs the past academic year
More than 10,000 students attended University Career Center workshops in 2012-13