Parents & Families

Parents’ Guide to Support Student Career Success

Your student’s career success can begin the moment they embark on their Fresno State experience! Learn about the multiple opportunities your student can access to choose a major and career, build experience, get involved in our campus community, network with peers and professionals, and engage with employers.

Support your student by providing accountability for their own career development journey. By asking some of the following questions you can learn a bit where your student may require additional support or resources.

  • Have you met with a Career Counselor/Career Advisor? Who was it with, and can you tell me a little bit about that interaction?
  • Have you settled on a major yet or explored what your career options are with your degree?
  • Have you attended any events or career fairs hosted by the Career Center recently? If so, which ones and what did you learn? Are there still outstanding questions that you have from that event?
  • What events do you plan to attend in the coming weeks?
  • Have you connected with someone in a field of interest on LinkedIn? Who have you spoken with and what did you discuss? Networking is important.
  • Have you applied for any internships or jobs on HireFresnoState? What have you applied to?
  • Have you worked with the Career Center to assemble your application materials for a job, internship, or graduate school application? Who did you work with? Can I see your draft or finalized application materials?
  • Have you participated in any interview preparation or offer negotiation strategies through the Career Center?

Support your student as they explore their options; take an active role and connect them to our resources and services. Many questions that you or your student may have can likely be found on the pages of our website and your student can sign up for specific alerts on our webpage including upcoming events, career fairs, and presentations. 

Another way to support your student is to become a Career Champion. You will automatically receive the most updated news and information about our services.

Advise your student to visit our website, stop into the office in the University Student Union (USU) Room 306, and login to HireFresnoState, our career management system to access job/internship opportunities, stay up-to-date on recruitment events, plus other valuable resources. If your student would prefer to stop by, advise them to visit with a Career Peer Mentor for career-related questions by visiting our Career Café’ in person at the University Student Union (USU) Room 306!  The Career Café is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Direct your student to the Career Development Center for guidance on selecting and changing their major, to help them create the most effective resume and cover letters, to discover opportunities available in specific industries or fields, or to conduct an internship, job or graduate/professional school search.

The Career Development Center is excited to announce our Family Career Champion Program. This is already a campus-wide program designed to visibly identify with faculty, staff and administrators who are specially equipped to assist students with career decision-making. 

Now we are extending this great program to family members who want to advocate, reinforce, and motivate their students to become career ready through participating, networking, and learning how to make informed career decisions. 

The Career Everywhere movement is about empowering students and meeting them where they are at. This provides support, information, content, and guidance to be available wherever and whenever they need it. This is a way you can actively participate in your student’s career journey. We understand that you want the best for your student, or recent graduate, and providing support and guidance is always easier if you know the resources available and the services we can provide. 

By becoming a Career Champion you are taking the first step in helping your student in their career development journey. There are no mandatory meetings, workshops, or the like. Instead, joining will provide you with valuable information about our services and how your student can get involved. Become your student’s career advocate by becoming a Career Champion. 

Interested in Becoming a Career Champion? 

If you happen to have stumbled onto this page but are not yet a registered Career Champion, please click on the button below to join! If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to us via email at We invite you to become a Career Champion by completing the Career Champion Enrollment Form at any point during the semester. We would love to share with you our resources and events tailored to our students. Thank you for your commitment to helping your student reach their career goals.

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Contact & Location

P 559.278.2381

Career Development Center
University Student Union, Room 306
5280 N. Jackson Ave, M/S SU61
Fresno, CA 93740

Career Service Hours

Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Career Cafe Walk-In Hours 9am-3pm Daily

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