This week’s post is an interview with me by Vocate as part of their expert interview series. Click here to read the interview.
Vocate is a rather cool US-based company that describes itself as being “the technological evolution of the university career center.” And it’s entirely free.
We believe that the job highway works but the on-ramps are broken – students are unable to find the best opportunities for them and employers are often unable to connect meaningfully with students. We are using technology to fix this problem and scale it nationwide, so every student has access to great opportunities and every employer has access to great humans. Vocate website.
What’s the interview about?
The expert interview focuses on my responses to these 8 questions:
- Tell us a bit about yourself. Why did you decide to start a career coaching and education service?
- How is the path from college to employment changing when compared to previous generations?
- What do you see is the biggest challenge for most young adults who are trying to transition from college to working life?
- If a young adult says to you, “I’ve just graduated from college and I still don’t know what kind of work I want to do,” how might you respond?
- Finish this sentence: “The most common (hidden?) hindrance that tends to keep college graduates from being employable is…”
- In your opinion, what do new college graduates place too much emphasis on when trying to find that all-important first job?
- What are some of the “hidden talents” that you frequently see in young adults that they often don’t know they have?
- Once someone lands that first job after graduating, what are some steps that he or she can take to become a valued employee and colleague?
Vocate’s purpose is to unleash your potential. It fits perfectly with my approach to coaching. That’s helping you to help yourself so you can be at your best more of the time and the philosophy underpinning my online school, Career Navigating for Young Professionals. The bite-size, multi-media courses take a coaching and mentoring approach to give you control of when, where, and how you like to learn. Check out more information here to see if it’s for you.
What helps and hindrances do you face finding careers after college?
David Shindler is founder of the Employability Hub online learning centre, Director of Learning to Leap and widely respected in the industry as an employability expert. David understands the ‘soft’ skills, attitudes and behaviours needed by employers and can help people improve them to get the job they want.