Important Information for Parents

Welcome Parents of prospective and current GSW Students!

The Career Services Office of Georgia Southwestern State University is committed to providing progressive, timely, and comprehensive career services of the highest quality to our students and alumni.  Career Services is dedicated to promoting optimal career development to all students and seeks to effectively provide meaningful work experiences in preparation for a global job market.

To accomplish this we:

● Support the institutional mission through responsible use of all available resources;
● Continually assess and respond to the needs of our constituents;
● Promote individual career development to empower students to define and achieve their goals;
● Develop effective partnerships with employers, alumni, and the campus community.

We encourage you to spend time talking with your student about assessing their skills, abilities, values, and interests, and how to apply these ideas to their career development.  Help them to plan their summers to include summer jobs or internships relating to their filed of interest.  Encourage them to take an active role in their career planning and in their future.

Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers about our services:

Where is Career Services and what are the hours?
Career Services is located in the Student Success Center on the third floor in room 3400.  The Student Success Center is Building #7 on our linked interactive campus map here.  Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

How do students find out about Career Services?
Students find out about us through their University 1000 classes, notices of events on campus, in the campus newspaper, the Sou'Wester, through tours, class presentations, and through our website.  Check out our website containing comprehensive information and links to employment sites, a calendar of events, and other related information.

What kind of services and resources to you provide?
For a comprehensive look into our services, please click here to learn about our services for students and alumni. 

What role can I play as a parent in my child's career development process?
The most important thing you can do as a parent is support your student's career exploration and career choices.  Encourage your student to take advantage of all GSW has to offer.  Listen, encourage and provide moral support and you will help your student to navigate the career planning process, which can be time-consuming, stressful, and occasionally difficult.  The result will be a smooth transition from GSW into the next level of the career process.

When can/should my student begin using the services you offer?
As early in the college experience as possible!  Freshman and sophomores benefit immensely as they have more time to explore all options, to plan for and participate in informational interviewing, internships, and career fairs as well as to identify and develop skills.

What happens to GSW students after graduation?
GSW students succeed in a variety of career fields after graduation.  Approximately 85% find employment in their chosen field of study.  There is always a number of students who are unavailable for employment, who have not yet found full-time employment, or whom we are unable to follow up with.

What do I do if I have more questions?
We are always happy to talk to you and your student about Career Services.  Call or e-mail us with your questions, comments, or ideas.  Your student may stop by our office or call to set up and appointment for any of our available services.  Please click on the following hyperlink to see our student brochure and our JLD Program overview brochure.