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Information for Parents and Families


We’re happy you want to help your SUNY Plattsburgh student find career success. From our perspective, we believe success is a blend of interests, values, skills and knowledge aimed at achieving well-being (and yes, financial stability, too).

As a parent or family member, your support and input is important. Our College-Years-to-Career Guide (PDF file size 100KB) provides a quick checklist that you can use to encourage your SUNY Plattsburgh student to get on and stay on track toward a great career.

The Career Development Center (CDC) offers many services for students in all phases of their career development. Take a look at our career development information for students page to become familiar with all the resources we provide.

Help your SUNY Plattsburgh Student Find Career Success

Your influence and support is vitally important for your student’s academic and professional success and we welcome hearing from families and parents.

Career Development Process

At its core, we believe that career development follows a four-step process that is both simple and complex:

4-step career development process

Step 1: Assessment

Includes career inventories and skills evaluation, values clarification and a deeper understanding of work-life interests.

Step 2: Exploration

Includes academic coursework, engaging with mentors and research into various occupations and industries.

Step 3: Preparation

Involves creating career documents, completing pre-professional experiences such as internships or service-learning, and refining skills.

Step 4: Action

Implementing an active and strategic job search, interviewing, networking and making decisions about career opportunities.

Schedule an appointment with a career counselor, use our drop-in resume review service, take assessments, apply for jobs, and so much more.

Check Out Our Career ToolKit

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