The economy still sucks. Employers complain – often – that the skills gap (and now a soft skills gap) is getting deeper and wider. Clearly, students need more help than ever to successfully ascend into the workforce.
And yet very few students ever step foot in their on-campus career center…
When you face big decisions in your early career, you don’t have a lot of real-world experience from which to draw. By the time you finally have a decent supply of workplace wisdom, you may feel like you no longer need career advice.
Catch 22… career style.
On the other hand, who can better guide your career… than your future self? With no DeLoreans in sight, I decided to write a letter to my younger careerist self…
Running an executive search firm, we come in contact with many recent college graduates. We also coach recent grads who have had trouble finding a job after college graduation.
When we begin working with these students, we have to break some of the bad habits that career counselors have bestowed upon them over the years. While one would assume that career center heads really know their stuff, much of the information given to recent grads searching for jobs is inaccurate… and sometimes harmful.
Here are 5 of those pieces of bad advice that career centers give to students…
More and more, we hear a variation of the statement in this headline from recent graduates.
Not that higher education isn’t doing a decent job of teaching traditional subjects in their traditional way – they’re probably doing a no better or worse job than they did 20 or 30 years ago.
Which is the root-cause problem…
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For many who aspire to great heights, the search for an internship begins at the career fair – also known as the place where companies advertise how great they are by giving away squishy balls, thumb drives, and multi-LED pens.
Career fair giveaways are the like red hind quarters of female baboons used to attract males during mating; companies lure you to their table with cheap pieces of corporate swag. And many intern seekers flock to these tchotchkes, stuffing as many of these as they can into one of the company’s equally cheap giveaway bags… and leave without the promise of an interview.
It’s time to plan and execute a better career fair strategy.
As a startup CEO, I have been in touch with potential entrepreneurs from all over the world with a wide variety of business ideas. Across this wide spectrum, I have realized that many entrepreneurs are misguided by the same myths, time and time again.
Here are the five most common myths about starting a business — and how we’ve seen them get blown out of the water: