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Career Advice for Your Children

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Remember it’s 2018 not 1998 

“My son had better keep his grades up if he wants to get a job when he graduates” 

To quote a parent who had the best intentions for their son’s career success but was misinformed about what it takes to get a job in today’s market. 

I asked the Dad when was the last time you hired a recent college grad based on their grades? 

His response was he is not a manager, he does not hire people.  Listening to this dad I learned he had been with the same job, and company over 20 years.  Giving your child advice on getting a job based on tactics used 20 years ago is setting them up for failure  

I shared with him that as someone who has mentored and hired new college grads in my career, the internship has more weight than grades.  I mentioned that most hiring. Managers I know don’t even consider grades when hiring. From the surprised look on his face, he did not understand the hiring process for new college grads in today’s job market.  I thought to myself why he is not talking about using his network to assure his son will have a job when he graduates?  

It is common knowledge for anyone who has worked in corporate America that your network plays a big role in job opportunities. How good is the average college students’ network?  

It’s about as a good as their parents’ network.  

 

Students whenever you are trying to achieve a goal the process is the key to your success. Almost anything you are trying to do has already been done by someone.  When you are starting on your career journey start with the end in mind and start early. 

Parents pay attention to your what your children are interested in and figure out if they are good at it.  We live in a world where there is a lot pressure on young people to figure out who they are; and what they want to do with their lives. Maybe asking your child what type of job they would enjoy doing for a few years after college, versus what career do you want may take some pressure off and give them a better sense of direction and clarity.  

Here are questions students should consider helping with the process of getting there first job after graduation. 

1.    What profession is best suited for me based on my interest and strengths? 

2.    What companies am interested in working for when I graduate? 

3.    What colleges do they recruit students from? 

4.    How do students get internships? 

5.    Do I know anyone who works or has interned at any of these companies? 

6.    What services are available to help me with this process? 

If your child chooses a profession different from yours, you are not equipped to give them better advice than someone working in that profession. Today we are fortunate to have career coaches and experts who have experience and tools to help get your children on the right track for the career that is best suited for them.   

If you want the best for your child as it pertains to their career leverage your network and invest in a professional who specializes in careers.  

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