It Could Benefit Your Recent Graduate to Work With a Career Coach

by on September 7, 2011

It Could Benefit Your Recent Graduate to Work With a Career Coach

When some of my peers of the Baby Boomer generation learn that I am a career coach and learn about some of the areas in which the methodologies I have learned are focused, they ultimately ask me about my ability to help their sons or daughters with their job search.  Recent college graduates are coming into the work force at a time far different from that of their parents.  Of course there is a down economy.  Jobs and industries are changing all the time, with certain fields growing and many which are retrenching.  Competition for positions is coming in many different directions.  Some of it is coming globally.  In other instances it is inter-generational, as members of four different generations are all in the workforce at the same time.

It is frustrating for both the recent graduate and their parents, when the young person is still at home and is unemployed.  However, one of the realities of the education system is that while it is excellent in providing the graduate the necessary background and the skills in the profession in which they have majored, the system DOES NOT provide the graduate a course on how to search for a job.  While some of the parent’s generation may say there weren’t courses to teach us how to job search, it is also true that there wasn’t so much conflicting and misinformation on how to go about the process.  Additionally in a bad economy such as ours, many of the jobs that are filled (some say as high as 90%) are jobs which are not advertised or not on internet sites.

So, what is the recent graduate to do?  Investing in career coaching and a program which provides a methodology of how to conduct an effective job search is certainly one answer.  The Five O’Clock Club program is one such program, and is actually billed as “a graduate study program in job search.”  I’ve actually worked with a couple of recent graduates using materials from the program, and have found they have taken to it very well.  That actually makes a lot of sense to me.

Those who have left school a short time ago are accustomed to reading and studying from texts which the program provides.  It is methodical in nature.  There are steps to follow and multiple suggestions on how to approach each aspect of the job search process.  The onus of the program is not on finding a job immediately, (although of course it is the ultimate goal), but instead to present oneself in the best light possible and to continue to look for opportunities to interview to advance your search.  Additionally, working with a coach is similar to working with a professor or instructor in that there is someone with which to share thoughts and ideas and who is focused on your success and moving forward.

As we have entered September, and students are either heading or have headed back to school – if you have a soon to be graduate in your family or someone who has graduated and is having trouble getting started and focused on their career path, consider investing in career coaching for them. The reality is while universities may lead students to prospective employers, they are not going to necessarily guide them through job search methodologies which will either help them land positions, or more so, help them as they continue to develop their careers.  Unlike a generation or two ago, statistics show that today’s graduate will likely have five careers, and twelve to thirteen different jobs during their career.  That is how fast the jobs that are part of the field are changing and continue to change.  As such, the skills they will learn now in how to go about a job search will serve them well, over and over again, as their career develops.  If career coaching is something which you feel may benefit your recent graduate, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at

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