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Graduation, and Then What? - Jan Reha Featured on MSN

This week MSN featured me in an career article:

Graduation, and Then What?
Advice for the student about to enter an uncertain job market
By Nan Mooney

The article highlights how to approach the job market when you graduate from college during this recession. I am quoted - “If possible, start that job search while you are still in college,” she says. “That way you can take advantage of all the resources the school provides like internships, volunteer options and special projects.”

 



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…

College Internships Often Lead to Jobs

Internships provide excellent access to employment for all college students.  Targeted internships help to bridge the gap from college graduation to your first full time job.

Recently Penny Loretto a writer for About.com points out Five Tips for Find Summer Internships during Spring Break.  Ms. Loretto advises to research internship opportunities through your colleges.


Another good resource about the value of internships is posted on the University of California, Santa Barbara Career Services site:  http://www.career.ucsb.edu/students/internships/index.html,.


You will increase your chances of obtaining a job of your choice through your internship by following these steps.


1)  First identify your career goal based upon your interests, skills, personality traits and values.  You want a job/internship to fit you.


2)  Determine the major industries in the location of your choice.  Each…

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"I was going through so much trauma and Jan was very supportive emotionally and personally. She did all of the career and personality testing to identify my interests. She looked at my family's career background. Then she identified the jobs that fit my interests and my background. She is aware of what is going in the workforce and of the demand for jobs. She kept me motivated and looking to the future, guiding me to immediately take classes at the community college and to start thinking about working for temp agencies that hire for the companies I would eventually be interested in working for." -Valerie, 43, Renton;

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