Several weeks ago, a mother with a son entering his senior year of college called and asked me to meet with him. During the initial complimentary session, Hamilton (not his real name) appeared shy to a fault. He looked at the floor, replied to my questions with one word answers or said he didn’t know. His mother answered many of the questions for him. It was obvious Hamilton did not know what he wanted to do after graduation and would have a difficult in any job interview. Not exactly promising.
Hamilton agreed to work with me. In short order I gained his trust and he began to open up. He was a quick study, and showed a broad set of skills. We will be exploring at least two career options. He will need to learn how to interview and acquire networking skills. His mother thought I could get him up to speed by summer’s end. In reality I will need to work with him during his senior year, help him decide on the right career path and get him in front of decision-makers for information interviews that could generate job offers. Ideally I would hope he would have a job waiting for him when he graduates.
Do you have a son or daughter in the last two years of college? Do they know what they want to do after graduation? Do they have a realistic plan for conducting a job search campaign before graduation? If not, I would love the opportunity to meet with your son or daughter. Working with me might be the best investment you could make to launch your child on the right career path!