To the Class of 2014

I got the idea for today’s post from USA Today’s  Twitter feed.

What advice would I give to recent college graduates: This week I will post a response for each question.

On  finding the perfect job-

First of all, there is no “perfect” job. If you can take time to really know yourself and not in a sit and meditate way although that can be good too. Know what your strengths, talents, abilities, and interests are. Find a job that allows you to use though. What do you enjoy doing, what do you do in your spare time? What type of environment do you want to work in? What do see yourself doing in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years from now? Will this job help you get there? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself?

If you know who you are and what you want, then you will be happier and more successful. If you aren’t sure what you want to do, take a few career assessments such as the Holland Code, the Myers Briggs, and volunteer!!! Career assessments don’t hold all the answers,but they give you an idea of who you are and the types of careers that would be good for you.

Here are some suggestions of assessments that may help: Holland Code Myers Briggs DOPE Bird Assessment DISC assessment

These assessments are pretty quick and easy to understand.  Enjoy and thanks for reading!Image


Summer’s Coming and I have plans

This July will be a year at my job and as I reflect on all that has occurred this year, I see a lot of growth in myself. This year I fully submersed myself in career development more than I ever have before. I found that I absolutely loved every second of it. The thing about career development is that it’s always moving and changing. It’s a lot of information to absorb.  My goal is to share as much as I can with my students in the best ways possible. One way was the book reviews that I have shared on this blog, as well as in class presentations and workshops. As I go forward this summer and into next year, I hope to be able to share what I have learned from my own experiences working, what I’ve read, and what I’ve observed.  There are so many facets that go into career planning and choosing a goal but that is another post. As I end this post, I do want to leave you with my very first book review on Jordan Christy’s How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World- a most fabulous book!Image

Career Books and Books about Careers

I love to read! I remember going to the library with my great Aunt Miriam and reading Curious George and Paddington Bear.

As a career coach, I want to know as much as I can about career trends and what I need to be sharing with my students. This year I fully immersed myself in career development books, especially career books for women since I work at an all women’s college.  Hence, my first post was my book review.  I will be sharing more on this blog.  I have learned a lot from reading these books.

There seems to be themes in many of them that I would like to now share.

1) KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE!-  This was advice from my communications professor at Coker College. It has also been a running theme in all the books I have read. If you know your audience, you can accomplish so much!  You can sell a product, deliver a great speech, and possibly land a job. I could write a whole post on this topic.

2) NETWORK- According to “Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the job interview, 70 to 80% of jobs are found through networking. if you are introvert like me, this can be difficult, but it can be learned. There are several books about networking and mingling. At the end of this blog, I will share the link for my review of “The Art of Mingling” by Jean Martinet, which is an excellent book.  To network, you need to have your “story” of who you are and what you want. You also need to have your story ready to deliver at a moment’s notice, because you never know who you will meet. Networking can be done anywhere! Practice with family and friends to get more comfortable or your coworkers. Again networking is a whole other post.

3) Soft Skills are just as important as hard skills. You can learn hard skills, but you NEED to go to a job with soft skills.  Communication is the number one soft skill that employers say is lacking in employers. Problem solving and decision making are also important. Being adaptable is important. You need to be a good team player but be able to work independently. Soft skills help you keep your job.

4) VOLUNTEER- Volunteering shows employers that you understand that putting others first is the most important. If done consistently, it shows that you are dependable and reliable. Volunteering helps you network and meet others with similar interests. It’s fun and you are able to make a difference in people’s lives for the better.

5) Build Your Brand- Knowing how to market yourself is vital!  If you can’t sell yourself, no one is going to do it for you. You are your best advocate. This is where having a “story” is important. If you can tell people about your skills, accomplishments, and interests which is what Peggy Klaus talks about in her BRAG! book then you will be able to market yourself. You have to think of yourself as a brand that people need. What can you offer that others cannot?

These are just a few of the themes, but they have helped me to be able to best serve my students and I hope that they help you! Image



Welcome to Carolina Career Connoiseur

Welcome to my blog. My name is Hanna DeBruhl and I am a career coach at a college in SC.

I am a certified Global Career Development Facilitator/Instructor with a M.Ed in Higher Education. I have a B.A. in communications and psychology.

I have been in the career development field for seven years and have learned a lot. I have a passion for careers and in helping my students turn their passion into their career. This year I have learned a lot at my dream job working on a college campus environment. I look forward to sharing my experiences and advice with everyone.

On a more personal level, I am an aunt of 3 boys, love Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, and The Voice. I also enjoy music, mainly country but really anything with a good beat. I like to scrapbook, watch movies, play board games and spend time with the people I love.

I hope that you will find this blog informative, insightful, and enjoyable!

Thank you for reading!Image