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As integral to the mission of Grove City College, the Career Services Office (CSO) is a bridge between the world of work and the academic environment. We are driven by our mission to encourage students in their realization and pursuit of God’s calling. Our innovative program helps students to identify their talents and abilities during their freshman year and then build a four-year strategy to pursue a satisfying career. We provide excellent service and superior opportunities for students and alumni in choosing and securing appropriate, rewarding and satisfying careers.

Parents can have a wonderful and positive role in their child's career planning choices. To assist and support your child in the career development process, parents can encourage their son or daughter to take career ownership and actively engage in the four-year strategy. If your child needs helps in identifying their interests and skills, not only is career testing made available free for all freshmen using the Career Direct test, but professional staff are available for individual career consultation appointments.

The National Association of College and Employers (NACE), provides the following information for parents who want to help their students and graduates find success in their careers:  
A Career Planning Course for Parents
Help Your New Grad Find a Job
What Parents of Prospective College Students Should Know

Recommended Reading

To assist you in helping your student with the college transition and career development, the following is a list of relevant readings:


25 Ways to Make College Pay Off: Advice for Anxious Parents from a Professor Who's Seen It All
Bill Coplin, Amacom 2007


A Family Guide to Academic Advising 2nd Edition

 Donald C. Smith & Virginia N. Gordon, NACADA 2008

Career Coaching Your Kids: Guiding Your Child Through the Process of Career Discovery
David Montross, Consulting Psychologist Press 2004

Hand-Me-Down Dreams: How Families Influence Our Career Paths & How We Can Reclaim Them

Mary H. Jacobsen, Rivers Press 2010


Letting Go (Fifth Edition): A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years
Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger, Harper Collins Publisher 2009


Making College Count: A Real World Look at How to Succeed In and After College 2nd Edition Patrick S. O'Brien, O'Brien, Patrick Enterprises LLC 2010


Parent's Guide to College and Careers: How to Help, Not Hover

Barbara Cooke, JIST Works 2010


The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your College Student Succeed

Sharon Jones & Marcia Harris, Career Dimensions 2007


The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up

Barbara K. Hofer & Abigail Sullivan Moore, Free Press 2010


The following books may be found at:
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina


A Family Guide to Academic Advising

Donald C. Smith & Virginia N. Gordon, 2008


A Guide for Families of Commuter Students: Supporting Your Student's Success

Cathie Hatch & Tracy L. Skipper, 2004


Empowering Parents of First-Year College Students: A Guide for Success

Richard Mullendore & Leslie Banahan, 2007

Career Services Office
Grove City College | 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA, 16127
PH: (724) 458-3371 |
2009-12 Career Services
Maintained By: Mandy Sposato | Last Updated: June 2012