View of a student's cap during graduation.

As a family member, we know that your student's success in their career and life is very important. It’s important to us too; that's why we created this guide.

How to Talk About Life After College

Caution: You may cringe when you hear the words...

“I want to change my major” 
“I’m not sure what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Your first reaction might be to encourage your student to stick with their first career decision. In reality, that may actually hinder their growth toward a career path that fits them. We recommend starting with a conversation.

University at Buffalo
259 Capen Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2231

Office Hours

Monday - Friday  |  8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Conversation Tips:

Career-decisions Undecided The Balance Staying on Track

Balancing Work and an Internship

While internships are not required, they are strongly encouraged. With careful planning, your student can make money for college and get experience for the future. If your student is unable to get a relevant part-time job or internship, they could volunteer at an organization to get experience. Summer is also a great time to do an internship. Please encourage your student to check out Bullseye powered by Handshake, the ultimate job or internship spot. There, they can find part-time jobs and internships, and schedule an appointment with a career counselor to help with this challenge.

How we can help

Choosing a major/career, finding full-time, part-time jobs & internships, considering graduate school--and more! See what we do.

Tools & Resources

Bullseye powered by Handshake

The ultimate job and internship tool! Your student can discover jobs, internships, events, career fairs and connect with the Career Design Center, all through Bullseye powered by Handshake.

UB Career Connector Network

Talk directly to someone who has been there and done that -- UB alumni! Your student can book a consultation to talk to an alum about majors, careers, insider tips and more!


Take career & major exploration self-assessments that will help identify and connect your student's interests with a major or career. An appointment can be made with a career expert to maximize the results.