Southeast Missouri State University

Additional Resources for Parents & Families

In addition to the information we have provided on our website, there are many other resources available to you which are dedicated to helping parents and families support the career development of their college students. We have collected a list of some of the best books, articles and websites for you to use as you navigate this journey with your student.


Professional articles written for parents of college students can provide more current, specific information and research than books and other materials which are not updated as regularly. Check the list below periodically for fresh, new resources to help keep you informed.

Career Planning Course for Parents & Families

Learn how to help support your student through the process of choosing a major or career direction

College Parent Central: Life After College

Regularly updated group of articles written for parents and families on helping your college student in the job and internship search process

Help Your Student Acquire Skills Employers Want

Helpful article describing best ways to assist your college student in gaining those incredibly important transferable skills employers are looking for.

Career Coaching Your Kids, Second Edition: Guiding Your Child Through the Process of Career Discovery. David H. Montross, Theresa E. Kane, & Robert Jay Ginn. 2004, Davies-Black Publishing.

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years. Helen E. Johnson, Christine Shelhas-Miller. 2011, Golden Guides from St. Martin’s Press.

What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles. 2013, Ten Speed Press.

The happiest kid on campus: a parent's guide to the very best college experience (for you and your child). Cohen, Harlan. 2010, Sourcebooks.


College Parent Central

This site is designed to give you information and food for thought about college and the specific aspects of being the parent or family member of a college student.

College Parents of America 

College Parents of America is the nation's only membership organization comprised of current and future college families This page is specifically linked to the area of the CPA which provides resources for parents/families to use as they help their college student(s) through the preparation, transition, adjustment, and completion stages of college.

SEMO Parents Page 

Information specific to Southeast parents answering questions regarding cost, finances, housing, campus life, etc.

Career Services: Student Resource Center 

Resources and services available to your Southeast student through Career Services. Please take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with these resources and encourage your student to take advantage of them throughout their time at Southeast.