Career Coaching – it is the ideal grad gift for your children. I figure that 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 read about the great college admissions scam, with parents bribing mega-bucks (up to $500,000!) to get their kids, with false credentials, into posh, hip halls of learning. These young people, as well as their parents, could possibly benefit from a good career management coach. It also inspired me to write more about ethics, which you will see in my upcoming posts.
But right now, it’s springtime – 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/they want.
On May 19th 2019, billionaire Robert Smith in the United States made an announcement as he was addressing a graduating class at Moorehouse University – that he was going to pay off all of the student debt for the graduates. For 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 about the debts they have to repay. The $40 million 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 savings into your children’s future by ensuring that they receive the education they need. To complement the money that you have already spent on their education, why not make a small additional investment once they graduate for objective, professional coaching. This will 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 as a career coach at a university. I have also coached some students and graduates in my own private practice. Working with young people is a pleasure for me because they are so optimistic and idealistic .
After these young graduates have completed 3, 4 or more years of specific areas of study in college or university, I have always appreciated how motivated and enthusiastic they are in finding the right career path for them. At the same time, I have found that some graduates and students may lack 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 graduates and rewarding for me. We work together making decisions about post-graduate studies, in programs that may complement what they have already learned. We also discuss if they are ready to launch their careers.
When required, I have assisted graduates and employment seekers prepare their branding, resumes, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters. I have coached them to be the best that they can be in their interviews and I have supported them as they have transitioned into their new work roles. I admire the increasing numbers of colleges and universities that offer some genuinely applicable coaching – as I’ve read here.
The best career coaches, I believe, also build upon the coaching students may already have received in school. An astute coach can take the knowledge and understanding gained in the academic environment, and extend and adapt it for use within the corporate business world or in other organizations and institutions that graduates may begin to work in. Good coaching can focus on how to work as a team player, which is essential in any work environment. There’s also the need to learn negotiation skills, how to achieve balance and avoid burnout.
I feel grateful 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 grad gift. But it’s also the gift that keeps giving all year round, and at any time of year. Contact me to learn more.