Parents must participate in helping their son/daughter prepare to be job-ready upon graduation. Millennials made up about 30 percent of the United States’ unemployment population. Despite being college-educated, many recent graduates are ill-prepared for the workforce, leaving parents wondering how to get their kids from backpack to briefcase. Bill Holland is working with parents to have critical career conversations to help their son/daughter prepare to be job-ready.
Are you having career conversations with your college student?
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- Call and leave a voicemail or text me at 708-365-9822
- Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
- Send email feedback to email@example.com
Bill Holland and I have talked a few times over the last five years, and the last time on the show was on episode 47 when we talked about his last book. He is a career consultant, an executive in the Talent Management space for many years, and now Principal and Founder of College to Career Catalyst, LLC. He has been featured on NPR and USA Today, and 60 other media outlets.
Here a few highlights from our discussion:
- Parent involvement requires reassurance they are doing the right thing. Many times they need to define what the right thing is
- Parental involvement is needed, but not as a “helicopter parent” in the negative sense. Parents shouldn’t go from not engaged at all to total disruption including the student’s desires
- The career conversations needed between parent and student is constant
- Parents and students should visit the career services center together. Being job-ready is a rigorous process
- We talk about how parents need to see the scope and importance of transferable skills
- Internships are a requirement, need to be job-ready upon hiring
- Parent and students should agree what their profile should look like
- Make sure your student is in position to take advantage of resources in career services
- Every student should utilize volunteer work, course work, career services, and extra-curricular activities to prepare for internships and to be job-ready
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