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Eastern Illinois University

Career Services

Parent/Family Resources

Your student's life and career are in their hands. Only they can put in the effort and make the necessary decisions to achieve success and happiness. Career Services is here to support them with resources, skills, and experience to make their journey more efficient and effective. However, just like you, we cannot do it for them. Planning a career and preparing for the future requires dedication and energy.

As a parent, we value your interest, questions, and support in encouraging your student to make the most of the opportunities we provide. Both you and your student will benefit from this investment.

Orientation, Advisement, and Registration Program

EIU Career Services connects with and supports EIU parents! We encourage you to attend our presentations during your student's orientation program date. Learn how to make the most out of your college investment. Career planning and preparation is not something that should be put off until graduation. We will discuss how we can help your student create a Freshman Action Plan that has provided successful results for other students!

Here is what other parents are saying: 

"Students should attend this lecture." 
"Wish this service was available when I was in college!" 
"The 4 planning was exactly what I needed to know. This session gave me priceless information."  

If you have scheduled your Freshman Orientation date with New Student Programs, be sure to reserve a seat for our presentation here!

Choosing a Career & Major

This will likely be one of the most important decisions your student makes, so it is critical that they have the resources needed to make, not an impulsive decision, but an informed decision.


Encourage your student to use HANDSHAKE. This is your student's 4 year track to Career Success! Students have access to campus jobs, internships and job postings screened by our Career Center, and access to employers seeking EIU candidates including EIU Alumni.

Career Counseling

Encourage your student to schedule an appointment with one of our career counselors. They will help them with a wide range of career-related subjects, including: choosing a major, career options, job searching, resume writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies and more!

Support Your Student's Career Development

There are many ways in which parents can help their student's progress through the career decision-making process. Here are some ways you can support your student:

EIU Career Outcomes

View our annual report online about our career development services, recruitment activities, employment statistics, salaries and more! 


Career Services

1301 Human Services, Charleston, IL 61920

Office Hours

School Year Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4:30pm Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4:30pm Friday: 8am - 12pm