Sometimes we focus on the right way to do a task. But other times it is helpful to look at the wrong way to do something. In my career coaching with students, young & older adults, I have seen some patterns of bad ways that people have attempted to choose their career direction — and rarely do these approaches work.
This past week I had the opportunity to speak to about 70 parents at a private college prep high school. The anxiety level in the room was moderately high because these parents were there to hear answers about how to get their students to take seriously the process of finding a career path and choosing a college to attend. Earlier
When I talk to parents, either in family meetings, counseling sessions, or lectures, I always describe one of the main goals of parenting is: “to raise independent functional adults”. First, you try to keep them alive so that they will at least become an adult (e.g. avoiding fatal car accidents as teens). Secondly, you want them to move toward independence,
This past week I had the privilege in being involved in a number of school graduation ceremonies, in different roles. I had a daughter who graduated from high school (along with all of the receptions involved). I had a son who graduated from college, but who didn’t “walk” — not because he didn’t want to, but because he is pursuing
It seems like colleges start earlier and earlier each year — but in the Midwest, at least, a number of colleges and universities started this past week or will this coming week (I know many schools back East and on the West Coast start after Labor Day). And with the beginning of the fall semester comes the transition for thousands
Recently, I am working with more and more young adults who are finding it difficult to find jobs in their desired career path. And it doesn’t really matter what area they are in — business, education, computer science, marketing, graphic design. Some are recent college graduates (as in 2007), while others have been out of school for a while. Some
Our culture is information saturated.Â In fact, I would say many of us are information addicts.Â We think we need to know more, or at least the latest information, before we make a decision or act.Â The problem is — there is so much information available and it is coming at us so quickly, we really can’t know everything on
A very frequent topic of discussion, books and articles today is the question: â€œIs the cost of college worth the investment?â€ Often proponents cite historical data of the cumulative increase in income a college graduate earns over their career in comparison to high school graduates. This then leads to a variety of issues addressing variations or derivatives of the global