“Whew! My student got into a great college; has chosen a solid major; and we are paying for it mostly with other people’s money. Now that she is positioned for academic and career success, I can finally relax!
Having been there, done that, I know the feeling. But if you are at all like me, you also know better. Life has a way of tossing more than a few curve balls our way just when we think the game is mostly over. Here is one that could be coming your way and some advice on how to knock it out of the park.
This is happening largely because the job market has changed. In addition to a slow economy, students face a job market where a college degree is no longer a guaranteed ticket to a professional job. Though the degree is still necessary, students today have to prove themselves to employers more than ever before.
The good news here is that parents can help their future college graduate develop the kind of profile employers will find attractive. Parents can take the following five action steps to kick start the process:
Note about the author: R.William (Bill) Holland, PhD helps parents get college students ready for work. Bill, known as the RIGHT JOB GUY, is an award winning college professor, business executive and author. He has published two books on career management and is finishing a third (Landing Right-Side Up in the New Job Market: From Backpack to Briefcase). In addition to his successful work helping college students land that first professional job, he makes presentations on national radio programs such as NPR's All Things Considered, appears on television and speaks to large groups at conferences.Visit him at www.crackingthenewjobmarket.com.