My colleague Ray and I were just talking this week about how many of the parents we talk with are worried that their students are not working on the question “what comes after graduation?” They want to offer their student’s coaching support, but their students protest loudly with some version of:
“I Cannot Add One More Thing to My Schedule I Am Stressed Enough!”
Yes, it is true that second semester senior year has a lot of demands, both academic and social. And this work takes time – about 3 to 4 hours a week on average. However, year over year, we know what happens when students start career prep now, versus waiting until they graduate to get started. They develop a plan for how they will transition from college to their careers and stop obsessing about the future and how it isn’t going to work out. They understand that there is a coherent process to this transition and start to feel like they do know what they are doing after college. We also find that miraculously, their grades don’t plummet because of this extra work and they don’t lose their friend groups. They calm down, get to work, chart a direction and build the skills they need.
Here are the kinds of things that differentiates students who start now versus those that wait until they graduate to get started on career prep. They are more likely to:
- Stop by the career center on their way back to their dorm after class,
- Chat with the guest speaker that visited their seminar about career possibilities, and later email them a follow-up asking for an informational interview,
- Go to the Spring job fair (well-prepared) on campus,
- Have a great resume and LinkedIn profile ready to show to new connections,
- Talk to their professors about their future; get advice and support,
- Apply to jobs they are confident they are qualified for,
- Make clear connections between a job description, and their own skills and experience in an interview, and
- Half of them will have a job at graduation, and most of the rest of them will have one within 3 months of graduation.
We know that working on what they want to do after college, and building the skills to get that first college worthy job, does take time, but actually reduces stress for your students.
We would be happy to have a free consultation with you to explore if career coaching would be helpful to your student. Feel free to contact us at sue@ launchingu.com or give us a call at 603-398-7278.