I’ve been studying a recent report by the Career Advisory Board to gain a better understanding of why career professionals think students don’t take ownership of their career plan and strategy while in college.
My hunch has always been that the culture of the college doesn’t support it.
Students are focused on getting to know people, acclimating themselves to a whole new environment, dorm living, night life, faculty and the freedom to do whatever they want to do. They have hundreds of activities to choose from and very little direction from the college that they should start building their professional network and career plan their freshman year, which flows into their sophomore, junior and eventually their senior year.
The survey was conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (for CAB) suggests grads are CLUELESS on how to get a job!
Check out these numbers shared by four year colleges!
When asked if students have their resume ready to start a professional job search:
- 9.4 percent strongly disagreed
- 43.3 percent disagreed
- 19.3 percent neither agreed or disagreed
- 25 percent agreed
- 2.8 percent strongly agreed
And response from two year colleges was worse!
- 39.0 percent strongly disagreed
- 44.1 percent disagreed
- 8.5 percent neither agreed or disagreed
- 8.5 percent agree
- NOBODY strongly agreed!
Does this surprise you?
It did me as resume development is the number one, primary service many career centers provide. I didn’t interpret these numbers to suggest the career center is doing a horrible job in teaching students on how to develop a professional resume, but a result of a minority of students visit the career center. In a previous post, we shared that a NACE 2011 survey showed over 60 percent of graduating seniors either NEVER went to the career center or visited only 1 or 2 times.
That’s barely enough time to develop a professional resume!
So what can we do?
One of the solutions we’ve been working on for the past two years is an online resume course taught by the New York Times bestselling author Martin Yate. Martin helped us create a 3 session course that will give students a foundation in understanding the fundamentals of creating a resume and how to make a resume work for him or her. For your son or daughter it an incredible tool. The course includes assignments so by the time your son or daughter finishes, they will have the foundation of their resume.
Because the course is available anytime through any device, students can “fit” it into their busy schedule. We highly suggest your student take the course and then go visit their career center staff to help them polish up what they created and help them take it to the next level.
What do you think? Share your thoughts and check out our CareerCourses today!