One Simple Way to Offer College Students the Career Information They Need

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“Out of the mouths of babes” — a saying that often holds true. As time goes on, we can develop perspectives clouded in convention and negative experiences. Things can seem very complicated, when in fact they are not.

If you desire a fresh solution, seek someone with a fresh perspective. In this case, a recent college graduate. (I’ve mentioned him previously. See his LinkedIn profile here.)

Now on to the larger topic: The need to impart needed career information to college students. As you know, most college students will never pass through the doors of their University’s career center. Many will land in career paths unsuited to them. Even more may end up in a very quick career dead-end.

Why? They didn’t have the required facts to make an informed decision.

So why the hesitation to inform them? (It’s not that.) Colleges and universities want to inform their students and go to great lengths to do so. The glaring problem is securing their attention. So — my recent grad offered a brilliant solution: At the start of each and every semester in survey classes in Psychology, History, Chemistry…etc, tell them.

Yes, simply tell them.

Spend a half an hour addressing career paths, work settings and how they can make that content area work as a career. Share insights concerning the highs and lows. Discuss educational requirements. Don’t wait for that timid Freshman to rally the nerve to speak to the professor after class, about a decision that will affect the rest of their working life.

Inform them. Right alongside the review of the syllabus.

You already have a captive audience. Take advantage of the opportunity.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, consultant and coach. She holds the role of Senior Consultant at Allied Talent, bringing the principles of The Alliance to organizations worldwide.

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