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The Parent's Guide to The Career Playbook

What Every Parent of a Graduate or Graduating Student Needs to Know


Do you want to help your college-age children and students find the right job, achieve career success and live the live they want to lead?


Wondering how you can balance the sobering realities of the job market with the often perilous dynamics of parent-child advice rendering?


Then this FREE guide is for you!


About the Guide

A FREE 43-page guide with exclusive advice for parents, educators, and career services professionals whose college-age children and students are entering the workforce.


Featuring Do’s and Don’ts and sidebars highlighting “what you need to know to help your grad with their career,” the guide will take you through:


  • career trajectory (there are 6 distinct phases to most people’s career)

  • the importance of relationships—both in business and outside of it

  • how to grapple with the inevitable tradeoffs (aka the career triangle) and often competing desires for money, job satisfaction, and a quality lifestyle


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Customized versions of The Parent's Guide are available. Customization opportunities include:


  • Logo featured on the cover

  • Title updated to include the organization's name (e.g., Indiana University Alumni Association Parent's Guide to The Career Playbook)

  • Title page updated to feature the school


Perfect tool for career services, alumni relations, guidance counselors, parent’s groups, and development organizations.


To request a customized guide, please contact

More Parent Resources

The job market for new college grads has never been more complicated. This is how parents can actually help.

James M. Citrin |LinkedIn Influencer

May 21, 2016


The career marketplace for new graduates has never been more competitive, unstructured, and difficult to navigate.

Parents, here's what your college grad needs to know about landing a job [VIDEO]

James M. Citrin | The Today Show

April 18, 2016


For college grads going into the job hunt, there is good news: unemployment is down. There is also bad news: underemployment is up. So how do parents help their kids understand that the degree they worked so hard for may not necessarily be needed in their future job?

What parents should tell their kids about finding a career

James M. Citrin |Harvard Business Review

May 20, 2015


All parents love their kids and want to set them up for a life of self-sufficiency, meaning, and happiness. But at the same time, your advice may be heavily discounted – the world has changed since you were job-hunting as a new grad, and your kid may not see that you realize that.

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