For 20 years I have been encouraging college students to take full advantage of their college’s advising services. This includes teacher mentoring, internships and the Career Planning Services office. One does not have to look very far to learn that many college graduates are leaving college with student loans and little job prospects much less any related to their chosen major.
Yes, on the surface it does not bode well for the current undergrad. However, there are steps that both the student and the college can take to brighten that outcome. I was very encouraged recently when I saw the attention given to sophomores at some colleges during the annual ritual of newly minted college freshman saying “good bye” to parents.
It is encouraging to see more and more colleges taking their role as advisors more proactively. For instance look at Lafayette College’s website.They are not hesitating to open their books to prospective students with information as to what past graduates have been able to accomplish.
If you are a recent graduate or parent, and considering to do something new, here are two resources I can confidently recommend. They can work with you wherever you call home.
1. Kim Meninger, MBA, a very intuitive Executive Coach and Career Strategist. Take your first step here.
2. Joanne Meehl Career Services offers terrific tips on her Blog and one on one counseling.
If you are a college student, how much research into the advising and internship options have you done? If little, start to familiarize yourself with the career services office, even if you are a freshman. By the way, one student who took the matter of interning VERY seriously has turned her experience into a business. Meet Lauren Berger, the InternQueen.
Once the freshman year has been successfully navigated and you know what is expected academically, it is now time to really get serious and think about why you are in college.
The passing of Steve Jobs reminded me of his 2005 graduation talk to Stanford graduates. It is without a doubt, one of the finest commencement speeches ever delivered in history! Here is the transcript and video of his life changing message. Think about what he said. For me, it was one of the most insightful and spiritually aware statements of purpose I have ever heard. Let me know what you think?
Speaking of “insightful” if you have done the self-assessment called “Do What You Are” with us, do not forget that is a rich resource of career descriptions and academic concentrations that are matched up to your individual natural strengths and innate characteristics that will comprise your personality for your lifetime on this planet we call Earth!
It is literally at your finger tips for years to come. Take advantage of that. If you have not “book marked” the link, I will send you the link. In addition, if you have any questions regarding your choice of major, send me an email ~ help@SmartCollegePlanning.org
Finally, all undergrads (or grads) that complete a survey by April 30, 2015, (in celebration of our 22st Anniversary) my gift to you will be the book Getting From College to Career. Now is the time to think beyond the “now”.