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How to Make High College Costs Worth Your Investment - Advice from Seattle/Bellevue Career Counselor

Are you a student or planning to be a student in one of the Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Bothell or Tacoma colleges?

You may have read the following report published in the New York Times on October 20, 2009 that states college costs continue to rise. 

According to the report the annual cost of college tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose 6.5 percent from last year to $7,020.  Including room and board, the average total college cost is $15,213 for a year.

I am a career counselor in the Seattle and Bellevue area with over 30 years of experience helping people gain the best return on their college investment.  Currently, I am counseling several clients who are in different stages of career and educational planning. 

One of my clients is a 42 year old male who wants to have a specific career goal prior to returning to graduate school.  Another client is a young woman who recently graduated from college but has been unable to find a job that fit her educational background. Another of my client’s…

Top Tips in Preparing for the Fast-Changing Job Market, Career Counselor, Bellevue, Seattle, WA

Traditionally, career planning has been the last step of the education process when it should be the first. Delaying career planning to after one’s education is completed leads to expensive college costs, debilitating college debt, and little to no entry into the job market. In the end, the education someone invested in for several years could be irrelevant in the fast-changing job market.

The pace of change in American culture — indeed, throughout the world — is moving faster than any time in human history. Over centuries, jobs changed from agriculture to manufacturing. In decades, the nation’s focus changed from manufacturing to technology. Today, ongoing technological advances influence almost every sector of American work. As a result, many types of jobs available to American workers 50, 25, 10, even 5 years ago, no longer exist.

With the nation in economic turmoil and hundreds of thousands of people being laid off from jobs that are no longer needed, finding a job for today’s workers is tough. Yet, thousands of young people graduate college each year without sufficient preparation for a well-paying job in the new economy. With the…

It Takes More Than a College Degree to Get a Job

Our world is changing rapidly with economic upheaval, a shift to a global job market and the largest number of unemployed people in decades. Why then, do parents continue to spend thousands of dollars providing their children with a college education without a focused end goal in sight?


Too many people graduate college with only the vague sense of wanting to have a successful career. This lack of passion, commitment or interest in a specific field will not make potential employers pay attention to them. It reminds me of that line from “Any Road” released in 2002 by from former Beatle George Harrison:
If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.


Parents must shift their thinking from their experience of finding a good job to the new reality. Gone are the days when a college degree in any subject gives young adults instant entry to satisfying careers. Gone, too, are the days when employers will provide additional training to college graduates in order for them to qualify for their jobs. Why should they when there are many experienced Americans and foreign nationals with the skills they need standing…

Research Job Market While Investing in Education, Career Counselor, Seattle, Bellevue, WA

Investing thousands of dollars in a college education without researching the job market is like jumping in a swimming pool without first being sure it is full of water. Yet, many students go off to college without deciding what they want to do with their education. For those who want to graduate college and find a good job, the time spent in job market research will pay off with the increased likelihood of a good starting salary.


Here are 10 job-hunting tips that will facilitate your entry into the current competitive job market:


1. Employ a career counselor to help identify interests, motivations, inclinations, natural talents, aptitudes, learning styles, personality traits and style, and identifying the best job
fit.


2. Identify several career options and determine the availability of jobs within the industries.


3. Conduct informational interviews with people in your career choices and check out professional organizations to research current job market information.


4. Join professional organizations and networks to develop contacts. 


5. Become Internet savvy — create…

Internships Even Benefit Older Workers - Tips from a Seattle, Bellevue, WA Career Counselor

As I mentioned in a previous article, Internships often lead to Jobs, internships not only can provide entry into the job market but can also offer skill development. In the March 15, 2009 issue of the Seattle Times Job Market section, the article, Getting Inventive in Tough Job Market, describes how an older worker is retooling for the new job market by participating in an internship. 


I can relate with the older worker, Ms. Draegin, who is using an internship to learn new skills such as writing blogs, tags and URLs that are new vocabulary to many of us older workers.  Also, like her I have learned to use the new social working sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to promote my business and to teach my clients new avenues for finding jobs.  And yes, we may have to reverse our situation and request help from young…

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