Category Archives: Careers

Career Management: Parents are invited

During the Q&A session after a recent talk I gave someone asked what I thought about parents who wanted to attend interviews with their recent college graduate.  The way in which the question was asked and the ensuing discussion left no doubt about the audience’s point of view.  They were against it!  The collective feeling … Continue reading Career Management: Parents are invited

Parents Worries And 7 Things You Can Do To Ease Your Mind

The Princeton Review’s annual survey of “Hopes and Worries” among college applicants and parents for 2015 found that…(to read more) 90% viewed financial aid as “very” necessary to pay for college 66% said it was “extremely” necessary 45% saw a “better job as the main benefit of a college education, and Other surveys report that … Continue reading Parents Worries And 7 Things You Can Do To Ease Your Mind

What Grandparents Can Do

At the tender age of 9 Kasey is already programed to tell anyone who will listen that she plans to attend Stanford University. Does this sound like your grandchild? Though you may be happy to see that they have a high level of personal ambition, if you are like the rest of us you probably don’t know what else to do beyond offering an accepting nod of approval, a smile and perhaps of some version of “atta-girl” as encouragement.

Should Parents Sit Back and Let Go When Their Student Goes Off to College?

Simply sitting back and letting go given today’s job market for recent college graduates is the equivalent of throwing a child into the deep end as a way of teaching them to swim.  The situation is far too demanding for that. Besides, as a parent, you can do better.   And that is the point of … Continue reading Should Parents Sit Back and Let Go When Their Student Goes Off to College?

How to Compete When You Are a New Grad With no Internship Experience

Remember that final exam in college you really studied for?  You knew the material so well that even the professor’s “trick” questions were easy to spot.  You can use the same process to be “uber” competitive even if you do not have one of those coveted internships.  The key is to be highly focused and … Continue reading How to Compete When You Are a New Grad With no Internship Experience

A Parent’s Job is Never Done: Even When the Kids Are Away at College

“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, … Continue reading A Parent’s Job is Never Done: Even When the Kids Are Away at College

College Grads: 5 Things You Can Do To Tip Job Search Odds In Your Favor

John Sullivan, a highly regarded human resources thought leader, recently gave job seekers reason for pessimism when he took a look at recruiting by the numbers. His point was that the odds of landing a job are against most of us. For example, a typical job board posting will be seen by an average of … Continue reading College Grads: 5 Things You Can Do To Tip Job Search Odds In Your Favor