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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…

A New Era Deserves a New Career and Educational Model

Three decades ago, the United States was at the tail end of the Manufacturing Age.  During a portion of that time many people worked or aspired to work in one company for the duration of their careers.  Thirty years ago, life planning was simple and much more defined in linear terms.  In 1978, Richard Bolles defined life planning in his popular book, Three Boxes of Life in terms of education, work, and retirement.  Even in 1978 he pointed out that these boundaries were becoming blurred.


Today, the United States participates in the Global Age.  Technology has produced or changed many careers.  People change jobs seven to nine times in a lifetime do to restructuring, technology, and economic concerns.  The United States has moved from a more predictable, consistent workplace to one that is constantly forming, dismantling, and reforming to compete internationally.  Yet 30 years later, we still want to resort to the same traditional linear mindset in planning education and careers.


To succeed in our dynamic workplace, a more integrative and holistic model must be employed.  The Global job market requires…

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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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