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The Changing World of Work

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OLD MINDSETS

Are you operating on the following beliefs?

• College degree guarantee jobs and a middle class lifestyle

• If I just work hard, I will be secure in my job, career

• If I do the “right thing” I will be given an opportunity

• Security equals benefits and compensation

• Taking risks lead to rejection

• I need a job with insurance benefits

• One, job one career


NEW MINDSETS

• Taking the initiative to make my college degree work for me

• Security depends upon my knowledge of political and economic trends tht impact industries

• I am in charge of promoting me inside an outside of the company

• I need to be open to risk taking, new ideas and innovation

• Security comes from the people I know—my network of contacts



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.”

 



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 having trouble finding a career path -- I felt I could do a lot of different things. So I did an eight-week program with Jan. Researching the background of what my ancestors have done -- creating a family career tree -- helped both professionally and personally. We identified a strong interest area in which I'm now getting licensed. Taking the tests and talking to Jan was very helpful. She was clear about informational interviewing, and figuring out what to do next. You won't exactly know what you'll get out of it, but in the end she will shed light on things about you that you didn't even know were there. ."--Mike, 27, Seattle

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