Career Coaching – it could be the ideal gift for your grad. I figure this is the optimum time to talk about this subject – for two reasons.

I am certain that over the last few months, you’ll have been reading about the great college admissions scam, with parents bribing mega-bucks (like $500,000!) to get their kids, with false credentials, into posh, hip halls of learning.

I’ll take a moment to reflect that these young people, as well as their parents, could possibly benefit from a good Career Management coach. It’s also inspired me to write more about ethics, which I will in my next post.

But right now, it’s springtime – which is when a young person’s thoughts turn lightly or heavily to graduation – and parents, godparents and other relatives and friends wonder about the perfect gift to celebrate and reward student achievements.

How about one of those gifts that keeps on giving (a cliché, maybe, but true)? I’m talking about Career Coaching. It can take your adult child much further than that car or bike or vacation he/she wants.

On May 19th 2019, billionaire Robert Smith in the United States made an announcement – when he was addressing a graduating class at Moorehouse University – to pay off all of the student debts for the graduates. To a man who has a few billion dollars, this gesture to pay off 40 million dollars for the grads at this university was rightfully praised by so many people.

This gift by Mr. Smith will enable graduates to start the next chapter of their lives, whether continuing their education or launching their careers, with clear heads and less stress to worry about the debts they had to pay for their education. The 40 million dollars given by Mr. Smith is a small cost to him, but to the students it means a lot and it will help them to establish and progress in their careers.

You as parents have already invested your earnings and funds in your children’s future by ensuring that they receive the education they need. In contrast to the money that you have already spent on your offspring’s education, it is a small additional investment after they graduate to pay for objective professional coaching for your children to help them to make appropriate decisions and to move successfully ahead in their careers.

I have worked with students and graduates as a Graduate Placement Advisor at a local community college and a Career Coach at a university. I have also coached some students and graduates in my own private practice. I truly enjoy working with young people who are so optimistic and idealistic .

After these young graduates have completed 3, 4 or more years of learning-specific areas of study in college or university, I have always appreciated how motivated and enthusiastic theyare in finding the right career path for them. At the same time, I have found that some graduates and students may be lacking confidence and need support as they make major decisions about their continued studies or the job market they wish to enter.

I have found the Coaching relationship has been beneficial to the graduates and rewarding to me. These graduates and I have worked together in making decisions about Post-Graduate studies, continuing their studies in programs that may complement what they have already studied, or launching their careers.

When required, I have assisted graduates and work seekers to prepare their branding, resumes, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters. I have coached them to be the best they can be in their interviews and I have supported them as they have transitioned into their new work roles.

I do admire the increasing numbers of colleges and universities offering some genuinely applicable coaching – as I’ve been reading here: https://alumni.ucalgary.ca/grow-your-career/career-coaching

The best career coaches, I believe, also build upon what the student may already have received, coaching-wise, in school. An astute coach can take that knowledge and understanding gained in the academic environment, and extend and adapt it for use within the corporate profit model of the real business world or for other organizations and institutions that graduates may start work in.

Good coaching can focus on learning how to work as a team player, which essential in the work environment. There’s also the need to learn and use negotiation skills – and how to achieve balance and avoid burnout.

I feel gratified to have coached grads from almost every profession and career path. I have directed them to demonstrate the required professionalism for their chosen path.

Coaching can be a great gift at graduation time. But it’s also the gift that gives, all year round, and at any time of year.