Hey, welcome! Let me guess why you’re here: you’ve got big questions about your future. (Or, if you’re a parent, you’ve probably got big questions about your student’s future… we get it!)
It’s a lot to think about, especially in this economic climate: What career path should I choose? How can I stand out? How can I network when I don’t yet have a network? What do I do if I don’t like my major, or my first job(s) after school? What internships or experiences will help me find and land the right job?
You have a lot at stake. You don’t want to spend a lot of time pursuing the wrong thing, or spend a lot of money on the wrong school path.
Here’s where career counseling can really help. If you’re a student choosing a major, or a young professional uninspired by work, or a recent college graduate struggling in the job market… why wouldn’t you get an expert guide who knows the ropes, can help you figure out what you’re best at and how to find the right job?
But… first, I’m going to let you in on a (sort-of) secret – often – there are free resources to help you that you might not have thought about. Many colleges and universities offer free student AND alumni career coaching (in person or by phone/Skype), even if you’ve been out of school for a while. Cool, right? Your undergraduate and/or graduate institution(s) might not offer career counseling for college graduates, but it’s worth asking about, just in case.
If, however, you’ve already used your university career coaching OR if you don’t have access to free career counseling for college graduates or students, it may be time to get some help.
Our network of independent career coaches and career counselors can help students and/or recent college graduates with:
– Career Assessments: Help exploring your aptitudes using various career assessment tools, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strong-Interest Inventory, SkillScan, CareerLeader, etc., and working with a career coach to understand how to apply that to the marketplace.
– Career Exploration: Help identifying which careers exist that might suit your aptitudes and interests. This may involve helping you understand resources for career research, preparations for informational interviews, and analysis of various career paths to see if they would actually fit you.
– Resume Preparation: Review and editing of your resume to best position you for the career you want.
– Social Media Career Management: Review of your social media presence (LinkedIn, your public Facebook page, etc.) to ensure that prospective employers see you in the best light
– Interview Practice: Help preparing for common interview questions, either on the phone or in person
– Job Search Support: Advice and support as you navigate your job search; ideas for overcoming obstacles and strategies for a tough job market.
Recent graduate/high school & college student career coaching FAQ’s:
What’s the cost?
The range for private career coaching for college graduates and students in the Boston and Greater New England area goes from about $100 per hour to $3500 for a comprehensive package. In our Coachfinder section, you can see whether a particular coach charges by the hour or by a package.
Fees are set by each coach (who are all experienced independent practitioners and don’t work for TurningPoint). The coaches on the lower end of that scale are typically best with students in the arts, non-profits, education, etc. and the ones at the upper end of the price scale are often best with students on a corporate or financial career track. There are many coaches in the middle of the price range, of course.
Is career coaching covered by insurance?
Sadly, no! (Even though the stress of being in the wrong job has led to many a therapy session.) Health Insurance does not cover career coaching costs.
Which coach is the best for recent grads?
It depends on many factors: your interests; your location; your schedule availability; your needs in the career coaching process. When you fill out the CoachFinder questionnaire, you’ll only see coaches that have been selected based on their experience with teens and/or young adults. If you find someone you like, you can have an exploratory phone call first to see if you think it’s a fit.
Do you help find jobs or connect me to people?
Career coaching is not a job placement service, or a recruiting service. It is, however, a tested process that helps you identify what you’re good at (or likely to be good at based on your interests and abilities) and then put a game plan in place to find a job in that field. A career coach will help you figure out HOW to connect to people, or HOW to find jobs, but the actual footwork happens on your end.
If you’re interested in speaking with a coach to explore how career coaching for college graduates might work for you, feel free to use the Career Coach Finder section of our site.