This is a very challenging time for college students and new grads. While it affects all college students, it is maximumly disruptive for new graduates. In this article I want to talk to those of you who just graduated, and to your parents.
The first thing I want to say to you is congratulations – you graduated from college. Nothing about this virus and the fallout from it changes that. It doesn’t matter if you graduated with a 3.8 and clarity about your major or you took a more up and down route – you finished, and that is a huge accomplishment. I worry that the uncertainty of what is to follow will overwhelm the acknowledgement and celebration of your graduation.
I am collecting stories of families and seniors figuring out ways to recognize and celebrate their graduation in the face of the pandemic. One of my clients told me yesterday that she and her friends dressed up as they would have dressed for the graduation ceremony and got on a zoom call for graduation mimosa’s the morning of what was their scheduled, but now cancelled, graduation. I would love to hear your stories about how you celebrated this huge achievement.
By dusk on graduation day you are officially an early career professional. That status has nothing to do with having secured a job – it is about being ready to enter the workforce, with skills, experiences, and interests.
My goal in working with new graduates right now is less focused on applying for jobs, although we will get there. At LaunchingU we are focusing on helping you understand what you want, where you want to be, and how to be prepared for the few and far opportunities you will find. Having advocates, having great materials, and knowing how to interview still matters – in some ways even more now.
For the past six years we have been working exclusively with college students and new graduates helping them transition into their careers, and we know what matters and will help you succeed. These competencies hold true whether the job market is humming, or we are in the midst of a pandemic.
We have created this checklist to help you assess where you are in terms of readiness to get into the job market. These are the things that will make a difference, regardless of your major, your GPA or your experience. They are also things that you can control and maximize.
Our intent with this checklist is for you to be able to use this in a diagnostic manner. Where are your scores lowest and how can you bring them up? Our website is also full of tips and advice on each of the areas that the checklist covers so feel free to check it out. Download the career checklist below.
We are always available for a FREE consultation and we would love to talk with you. You are not powerless here – and we can help. Contact us at Sue@LaunchingU.com or (603) 398-7278.