Families have the most influence on an individual's life and work, more than school, work, and even peer influence. College students who have been give decision-making responsibility when they were growing up tend to be able to choose a major more easily and get a job faster.
Since technology resources often are more available to families than to schools, the family can be enlisted to support the career development of individuals in the family. To learn more about family and technology influences, view presentation made in SUNY Keynote Address powerpoint presentation "Networking on the High Wire - Supporting student career decision-making with familiy and technology assistance. "
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