Earlier this month, Gallup released their study, Forging Pathways to Purposeful Work, which explores and provides insight into the factors that contribute to finding purpose in your work life. One crucial step to finding a career that is meaningful to you is to take appropriate steps early - this gives you time both to identify right-fit options and to acquire the meaningful experiences that will help you get the job.
By Judy Panagakos, Early Stage Careers Senior Career Coach
No matter what academic institution a student attends, or a graduate attended, it is exceedingly rare for their curriculum to prepare students for an integral part of the job-search process: developing interview skills. If someone is eager to improve or refresh their interviewing skills, one needs to have fundamental skills to begin with. We kick off this skill-building journey with clients by teaching the “STAR” technique of managing responses to behavioral questions. It is a simple framework that is time-tested and easy to learn.
By Judy Panagakos, Early Stage Careers Senior Career Coach
At Early Stage Careers our mission is to help young careerists launch their careers – and the first step of this process oftentimes involves strategically identifying a career direction that is ideally suited to their unique abilities, natural strengths and interests. This is exciting but hard work, even for very focused students with clear career intentions. No path yet? Wrong path? We provide a professionally administered assessment that helps students or grads shape a vision for an early career path or identify a suitable fresh direction.
by Judy Panagakos, Early Stage Careers Coach
At Early Stage Careers, in our work with clients, we witness the candidate experience at the front lines. We consistently study the market and stay abreast of trends impacting job seekers as companies aim to engage with potential talent while implementing technologies that sometimes take the human out of human resources.
In 2019, we see five trends that fresh job seekers need to consider as they navigate career planning for new roles.
Spring is around the corner – and with this peak-interview season fast approaching, early careerists, college students, and soon-to-be graduates need to be getting ready now to impress prospective employers. For anyone looking for an internship for the summer, or for their first full time job, preparation is key. Investing in individual readiness work now will pay off during upcoming appointments and throughout your working life.
While students may welcome a reprieve from coursework, early careerists need use their holiday break to explore career options with the help of family and friends. It is a terrific time to do what is traditionally called “informational interviewing” or job shadowing, though we prefer the term networking visit simply because interviews are stressful for all involved, while “visits” are risk-free and fun.
By Judy Panagakos, Early Stage Careers Coach
Now that everyone is settled into the routines of the semester, it is time to prepare for the job search process in earnest. This is a good time to consider what the “buyers” of entry level talent are looking for, so that you, as the “seller” can be a sought-after prospect. Before resume and interview preparation, the early careerist needs to inventory and align their skills to demonstrate that they have what it takes to work in an entry level position, and to highlight skills they are actively working to obtain, so that they might be considered in the recruitment campaign underway.
Be sure to read this Early Stage Careers article for our insight into how to identify the skills that matter for your industry (and across jobs), and how to frame and position your skills to help you land the job you want.
By Judy Panagakos, Career Coach
Fall marks an important transition for students everywhere. Whether you are getting settled into a college campus for the first time, or returning for the fall semester, this is the time to consider your career dreams and to ensure you are taking actions that will turn those dreams into a reality. Your job search will be uniquely shaped by your interests and passions, and it is never too early to start. At Early Stage Careers, our career coaches always help students kick off their first semester back with the following suggestions for how to start making career planning an ongoing and easy to manage process that will ultimately lead to a full-time job after graduation.
Once my kid gets into college, we can all relax, right?
Not according to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni - and not according to us at Early Stage Careers!
Whether it's the value of forging relationships with professors, seeking out leadership roles in school organizations, or gaining the skill to convey a powerful story, Bruni's research supports the very same priorities in our work with students.
While you're mostly just thinking about attending orientation, setting up your dorm room, and hoping you'll get along with your roommate, keep in mind that this first year of college is a year of exploration. It is never too early to start preparing for your career - and for your life after college.
Following graduation from an Ivy League university next month, one of our Early Stage Careers clients will move to New York City and begin her career in the eCommerce space. During a recent interview, she shared her personal journey and the challenges she faced while seeking the right opportunity; and how Early Stage Careers (ESC) helped her limit her stress, keep her focus and eventually reach success.
There is an employment epidemic in America right now that has been largely under-discussed, but has been impacting entry-level employers across many industries: today’s college graduates are largely unprepared to enter and contribute to the workforce. And while this may sound like a distorted view of millennials that has been propagated by Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers, the source of this information might surprise you – the students themselves.
The holidays are over, and reality is setting in now for students and parents – the end of the school year will bring a critical summer experiences and college graduations, so now is the time for college students to focus on obtaining summer internships and getting a full-time job. Here are 5 tips to help students navigate this stressful, time-consuming and highly competitive process.
Winter break may be a time for college students to unwind and prepare for the semester ahead. But smart students will utilize this spare time to give them a head-start, or even catch up to the pack in certain industries, on their internship or job search. If you want to win your winter break, read more to see our 5 key steps to take
Gap and study abroad experiences provide students with an opportunity to discover new cultures, try new things, explore their passions, and learn about themselves. And these benefits can give students who participate in a gap or study abroad experience a serious advantage – below are 5 ways they can move you forward in your career exploration!
The new school year is here – and for college students focused on re-acclimating to campus life, and re-engaging with their academic course-load, it’s easy to lose sight of their long-term professional goals. However, whether you’re a freshman or senior, the fall semester is a key time to position to launch your career, and to land the summer internship or full-time job you want.
Oftentimes college commencement addresses can provide insightful, inspirational advice for students who are seeking to launch their careers. And so, with that in mind, below you will find some of our favorite quotes from college graduation speeches of 2017 – whether these speak directly to your career aspirations, or more broadly to your approach to life, we are confident that taking these quotes to heart can help all students and grads in their personal and professional lives. Good luck to you all!
College graduation represents a defining moment in the lives of young adults. On the one hand, students and parents are filled with excitement and optimism as they celebrate a landmark achievement that has been many years in the making. On the other hand, college graduations often represent a transition to a time of great uncertainty for many grads. They are leaving the familiar place they have called home for the past several years, and many are leaving the world of academia that has provided structure to their lives since they first entered kindergarten. Students will be separated from close friends, both physically and emotionally, as they pursue different careers in different areas. And, as the majority of grads will move home – at least temporarily until they find a job and saved enough money to support themselves – they will also have to deal with the difficulties of navigating a relationship with their new roommates: mom and dad.
One sentiment frequently expressed by recruiters and hiring managers is that, in order to be an appealing job or internship candidate, applicants must demonstrate that they have applicable skills that will allow them to immediately contribute to a company. In the recently released State of the American Internship, which “examines trends in the job market for interns,” Burning Glass reported that interns are expected to begin their tenures having already acquired certain skill sets. In short, interns are expected to contribute and these positions are no longer designed for learning on the job.