A comprehensive article in the August issue of Consumer Reports discusses the pit falls of the increasing problem of rising student dept among many college graduates and their families. Today, 42 million people owe $1.3 trillion in student dept. A surprising number of borrowers and their parents apparently are unaware of how loan interest rates are calculated and just how much their monthly payments should be anticipates within six months after graduation. The article will answer a lot of questions and explains how borrowers can make smarter decisions when deciding which college to attend and how much they can safely borrow. ConsumReportsStudentDebt
In my practice as career counselor and employment coach practice, I am seeing an increased level of anxiety and sometimes depression among new and recent college graduates. Some young adults lack the confidence and skills to needed to search for a job in today’s complicated marketplace. The longer they without a professional, full time job related to their major, the more difficult it gets for them. I’m offering a resume writing workshop in New Jersey this Wednesday for recent grads, High School seniors (a resume is helpful for college applications), and anyone who feels their resume may be why they are not getting interviews.
Here’s a link to an article from the Village Green about my upcoming resume writing workshop on Wednesday, August 10th in New Jersey. http://villagegreennj.com/back-to-school/learn-art-resume-writing-august-20-maplewood/S
High school students are in the final weeks of their spring semester and college students have already left their dorms. Summer jobs, both paid and volunteer, youth with learning experiences that school doesn’t. Working can boost your son or daughter’s confidence level, increase their sense of self-esteem and very importantly, they will learn responsibility, gain some independence, and learn important skills they’ll need when it’s time to enter the workforce full time.
Summer jobs also offer opportunities for students to explore different fields of interest, become comfortable communicating with adults in a work setting, and they just might pave the way for a future career or field of study. This May, the White House and Department Of Labor Announced an investment of $21 Million for Summer and Year-Round Jobs For Young Americans And a Launch Of 16 Summer Impact Hubs. For more information about these employment programs, just click the link below. It’s from the White House May 14 press release. http://1.usa.gov/22dEqqt
In my experience as a Career Counselor and Employment Coach I have found that most new or underemployed college graduates who have had prior internship or employment experience are successful in obtaining professional jobs in their chosen careers. Although they may need some coaching to prepare their tool kit of a professionally written resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and a strategic plan for their job search, they are usually quite successful in getting interviews and job offers. Conversely, when a parent asks me to help a son/daughter who has never had any work experience, they are the young adults who are having a very difficult time beginning or gaining traction in their job searches. Since the economy has improved, more jobs are available to high school and college students, so encourage your child to keep busy learning by working this summer!
WHAT DO I WANT TO DO WHEN I GROW UP?
Monday. Nov 30 7:30 – 9:00 pm Maplewood Memorial Library
Learn more about yourself and get some ideas about what occupation, careers, or college majors will fit your interests and your career personality. A fun and revealing activity in which you can develop greater self-awareness and learn about jobs and work environments that many be a good fit for you.
I’ve developed this workshop by adapted an exercise created by author Richard Bolles, “What Color is Your Parachute?” It’s is very helpful for high school students and recent HS graduates.
For parents of High School students who would like information about helping their teen stay motivated in school. Learn about Gap Years, how to plan for them and gain advice for working with a teen who feels anxious or uncertain about their future. With 4 yr college drop-out rates at 59%, now may be the time to explore alternative to attending a four-year college just after graduation. We will discuss apprenticeships, training & certificate programs, in-demand jobs and trending careers. Click here for more information: FlyerDoesYourTeenHavePlanMML copy
Join the discussion on Thursday, November 5th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Maplewood, Memorial Library, 51 Baker St. Maplewood, NJ
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Monday, November 2nd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street
A free workshop for HS students to learn about Gap Years, apprenticeships, certificate programs, and in-demand jobs for teens who uncertain about pursuing a 4 yr degree immediately after high school. Click here for more information:
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The “What Do I Want to Do When I Grow UP” event I led at the Hilton Library in Maplewood, NJ last week was a success. 10 high school students went home with ideas for occupations that fit their work personalities and interests. Students shared with each other and I answered questions about some job titles and current educational requirements for careers in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Psychology. A repeat of this event will be held on May 18 at the Memorial Library at 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-8:00 PM at the Maplewood Hilton Branch AND Monday, May 18, 7:30 pm-9:00 PM at Maplewood Memorial Library. Click on link for more details. FlyerWhenIGrowUp-MML(3)
Learn more about yourself and get some ideas about what occupations, careers, or college majors will fit your interests and your career personality. A fun and revealing activity in which you can develop greater self-awareness and learn about jobs and work environments that they may be a good fit for you and help lead you to a rewarding career in the future.
This event will be led by Lisa Mark, M.A. and the activity is adapted from an exercise created by Richard Bolles; based on Dr. John Holland’s theory that people and work environments can be loosely classified into six different groups.
Job Seekers who are strategic about the companies and jobs they apply to and who target their job search to trending industries and job functions ARE getting jobs. While some jobs have declined and technologies have changed, positions have opened up in new businesses and in trending industries. But your resume must be targeted to specific job functions and your job search must be strategic. Bring your resume and learn about:
- Presenting your relevant skills and expertise effectively
- What to do if your skills don’t match all job requirements
- Parlaying your experience to new opportunities
- Exploring resources to update or acquire new skills
- Job Searching for Liberal Arts majors
A Free Workshop for Students, Professionals & Recent Grads. Bring your resume and join us!
Here are the details:
Learn how to develop your interests into ideas for possible college majors, careers, and non-college track jobs. An interactive, free seminar for high school students and parents on Monday, October 27 at 7 PM in Maplewood, NJ.
Find your passion, stay motivated in school by planning for you future now!
Click here for more information: Career Exploration SeminarMMLibrary10-14
See you there, Lisa Mark