A eulogy for Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute? He played the role of talent mentor for me, when I was writing The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People. He opened doors, providing a good example for all mentors.
The bad news? Ambitious US students don’t know how to to get their dream job. Their ambitions are not aligned with their educations. The good news? This online career planning resource offers user-friendly information leading to career success.
Students, parents, educators, and employers lack a common language for career planning. This tense but true anecdote shows why a glossary of career terms is needed to move toward greater career success, for both college-bound and work-bound students.
Timing is crucial for those making career choices. It’s easier to help a young person choose a good beginning direction than to change later in life. As an eminent vocational psychologist put it, “Careers tend to snowball over the life course.”
Five mentoring tips for supporting your child, grandchild, student, or employee in conversation. These tips will foster the personal and career growth of your protege. How to pay attention to the right things, show confidence and respect, and keep anxiety down.
Three mentors from the movies—Yoda in Star Wars, Leigh Ann Touhy in The Blind Side, and Lionel in The King’s Speech—reveal what mentoring means. Three metaphors also show what mentoring does not mean. Connections are made to career planning.
What is the most important thing parents need to know about career planning? Employability, says Dr David Reile, president of the NCDA. Dr Reile tells why employability and work experience are more important than GPA or name school.
Why write a blog about mentoring talent? To help others navigate a disconnected system. Carol brings to bear thirty-two years of experience in the educational trenches, in-depth training in career counseling, and fiery inspiration from the Creative Class.
Parents Beware: What you don’t know about career planning can hurt you. Even worse, it can hurt your child. Of all influences, parents have the strongest on their child’s career decisions. Your student will seek your input over a career development professional’s.
Finding career direction can be a major problem for a young person. My solution for career direction starts with an individual’s strengths. I’ll show you how a young person’s talents can be developed into competitive advantage in the workplace.