I am a career coach working with college students and new graduates. And…I have a bit of free time on my hands right now. That may sound strange because, well, aren’t college seniors all searching like crazy for that first professional job?
Fair question. There are two reasons for this mini hiatus.
The first reason is that a lot of our clients have that first job lined up. It has been thrilling to see them getting ready to graduate, knowing where they are headed. But a bit less than half of our clients have not nailed down that first role. They have been working the process, and I am confident that they will all land in a role where they can grow and thrive.
Celebrate This Milestone
This is time for families to celebrate. It is not so relevant whether your child moved through college with powerfully, finished with a strong GPA, and knows where they are going; or they stumbled a bit and are graduating with a lower GPA. It is about the fact that they did it. Whatever the path, college graduation is a time for your student, and the whole family to take in – Mission Accomplished! You should take a moment and celebrate your own role in this accomplishment All these students needed their families’ support, guidance, and trust. Even if it didn’t seem like they were taking it – it was there, and it was necessary. Good Job!
So, to you parents, siblings, and extended family, please take the time to soak it all in. Tell them how much you love them and how proud you are. And if they don’t have a job lined up – can we suggest a moratorium on initiating conversations with them about what they are going to do post-graduation. Give them just a little bit of breathing room.
Focus on Graduating
We believe for the next few weeks the focus needs to be all about graduating. About finishing strong and saying goodbye to friends that that will be living in different cities and/or in different parts of the country. This is a time for thanking the professors who took a real interest and helped them through this unique four-year journey. It should also be about thanking and celebrating with their families, along with sleep 😊.
You may have totally legitimate concerns about their plans (or lack of plans) for the future and think that perhaps they need some support. But how about not pushing them right now, and maybe giving us a call instead? The call is free, and we can help you figure out the best way to have productive conversations with your graduate. Maybe that includes coaching with us, and maybe it doesn’t, but we can help you sort things out.
Meanwhile, I am off to the gym, taking advantage of this short hiatus. And I so look forward to reconnecting with these new graduates on the other side of graduation!
Contact: Sue@launcingU.com or call at 603-398-7278 for a free planning session.