I am a career, college and work transition coach. As a career coach, I assist individuals (college students, seasoned adults and retirees) with preparing resumes, cover letters, applications, practice and gain interviewing and negotiating skills to aid in obtaining an internship or employment.
As a college transition coach, I assist individuals with taking steps to go from high school to college and college to the workplace (this also includes helping adults returning to school). For some, this transition is smooth, but for others, this may be one of the hardest transitions. Statistics show a high dropout rate among college students who do not adjust well to college initially or by their sophomore year. This could stem from a number of reasons: Not ready for college, not mature enough, introverted, away from home for a long period of time, sophomore slump (students who do not know why they are going to college or who have difficulty deciding on a major or keep changing their major).
On average, college costs add up quickly each time a student changes their major, which could add an extra semester/quarter or more to obtaining a degree. These few reasons and others justifies why some students may need a bit more assistance with getting acclimated to college life and with deciding on a major and career.
As a work transition coach, I aid individuals with learning the basics about initially navigating the waters once hired in a position. Recent employees should know how to succeed through their probationary period, how to adapt to the new work environment, how to make friends, how to get promoted, knowing your rights when problems arise, and how to deal with workplace conflict, bullies, etc.
Based on my experience as a career coach for a major university where I provided career and internship advising to students and adults, as well as a host of career-related presentations to parents, college students, seasoned employees and employees who received laid off notices, one thing that parents/guardians inquired about were personal services to assist students with transitioning to college and to the workplace. Many colleges and universities do not provide all of these services that parents/guardians requested:
- Wake up calls to make sure student gets ready for early morning classes.
- Setting appointments and providing reminders to students.
- Follow-up calls to see if non-urgent issues are resolved.
- Assistance with deciding on a major and/or career.
- Assistance with locating an internship or opportunities to gain skills to place on a resume in order to become more marketable.
- Preparing for employment prior to graduating and learning about basic employee rights, how to get through the probationary period, and how to position oneself for future promotions.
Parents/guardians receive numerous phone calls from their student for matters that are not always urgent. Parents/guardians are busy with work, meetings, other kids, too far away, etc. Therefore, having a transition coach can aid the parent/guardian with not receiving many non-emergency calls so they may focus on other matters and have time when it comes to true emergencies. Transition coach may also help students become more independent.
Contact Jan Robbins with Go Virtual Coach to assist with any career and college-related issues.