All of you need to know: Career coaching is my dream job and I know I want to work in the area of careers for years to come. However, as I read more and more books or articles on Linkedin and Twitter I realize that career development is constantly changing! There is so much information out there and my job as a career coach is to decipher it which can be tedious at times! It’s like being a kid in a toy store with a million choices and feeling overwhelmed by all the choices.There is a lot I want to share with my students that I feel and know that they need. How do I do that? How do I share all this information that I know they need?
There is never enough time so I have to prioritize by listening to them and their needs. As I work with each student and groups of students I learn what their needs are and then I am able to put together the information to share. They are all college students but at different stages, so what the younger students need is not the same as what the older students need and vice versa. It is also helpful to receive feedback from professors who know their students so well. When I am able to work with them, it is very helpful and fulfilling.
I also try and stay current with career trends and what’s going on in the world- right now I am working on elevator pitches, data collection for a graduate panel, and research on double majors. I love all of it and I never, ever thought that I would love research! These are all topics that my students need to be aware of, how do I brand and sell myself? Is graduate school right for me? Should I double major to be more marketable? Students look to those of in higher ed for the answers and I am now one of those people who is supposed to have the answers. This is exciting because I love helping and connecting people, but can be daunting because my brain can only hold so much information. I am very knowledgeable and competent in my job, it is through learning and studying that I have become that way and receiving help from the man upstairs.
This year has been a learning process and taught me that what my knowledgeable communications professor told us everyday in class is true: ALWAYS KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE! To me this is listening to them and really knowing and understanding their needs and then doing all I can to fulfill those needs. That is the best part of my job- making connections, being able to make a difference and help my students with their career choices. Career development will be be ever changing and as long as we are able to move with those changes, then we will succeed.