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  • I was at a graduation party this weekend and both the honoree and her best friend have jobs that start in three weeks.  Graduates of one of the country’s premier architecture programs, they each spent two summers interning at their new employers.  A simple ”Do you have anything for me” email netted them well-paying jobs. It’s not always that simple but there are lots of success stories of graduates who...

    Can An Internship Really Get You A Job

    I was at a graduation party this weekend and both the honoree and her best friend have jobs that start in three weeks.  Graduates of one of the country’s premier architecture programs, they each spent two summers interning at their new employers.  A simple ”Do you have anything for me” email netted them well-paying jobs.

    It’s not always that simple but there are lots of success stories of graduates who landed college internships that turned into jobs. The employers are as diverse as start-ups, museums, hospitals, philanthropic organizations, small businesses, and corporations.

    So, if you’re reading this and you are still in college, take the time to explore potential internships. A Google search, a visit to your Career Services office, an exploration of your network, a search of a company’s web site, and even a “cold” email to an organization you want to intern for should produce lots of possibilities. You can also check out sites such as www.InternshipQueen.com that feature a variety of internships including virtual ones. And considering many presidential campaigns are launching, you might apply to volunteer for the candidate of your choice. In addition to the skills you’ll use and develop, you’ll meet a wide variety of people passionate about a cause.

    An internship gives you a deep insight into a potential career, a chance to meet interesting people, and the opportunity to develop new skills while you contribute to the organization. It may help you decide to pursue a career or to cross one off your list.

    Even if you have graduated from college, you can still try out an internship while you are looking for a job. For example, those looking for an internship at a start-up in NYC can check out www.insidestartups.com, an organization that plans events and opportunities for interns and job-seekers. Post-college internships are becoming increasingly common. Organizations typically like to hire people they already know so internships are often a great entry into a job.

    Remember, you are on your search for a groovy job and a career you will love. An internship gives you and your organization a chance to see if you are a match.

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  • Our groovycareers cards are now available for purchase on our site. Each groovy set contains 150 skill, interest, and work environment cards that can be combined into multiple possibilities for jobs and careers. Like baseball, research, and travel? You can be a baseball scout, work for one of the baseball leagues, or one of the baseball research organizations. You can also look at www.workinsports.com for possibilities. Like music and writing...

    Groovycareers Cards Are Here!

    Our groovycareers cards are now available for purchase on our site. Each groovy set contains 150 skill, interest, and work environment cards that can be combined into multiple possibilities for jobs and careers. Like baseball, research, and travel? You can be a baseball scout, work for one of the baseball leagues, or one of the baseball research organizations. You can also look at www.workinsports.com for possibilities. shopcards1Like music and writing and summer camps? There’s a huge list of music publications whose jobs might give you the chance to travel. Besides working at a traditional summer camp, you could write for one of the music festivals or concerts around the world. These cards can inspire you to look in many directions and to research new possibilities. Totally groovy!

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  • I’m so glad to blog again here at groovycareers!  I’ve been on a short hiatus to work on my other groovy career as an executive coach for leaders and teams in corporations, healthcare systems, and start-ups.  One of the unique benefits of my coaching work in such a variety of organizations is the opportunity to learn even more about all the cool careers people have that make them happy.  I...

    Groovy Update

    I’m so glad to blog again here at groovycareers!  I’ve been on a short hiatus to work on my other groovy career as an executive coach for leaders and teams in corporations, healthcare systems, and start-ups.  One of the unique benefits of my coaching work in such a variety of organizations is the opportunity to learn even more about all the cool careers people have that make them happy.  I will continue to share those groovy jobs and companies with you.

     

    We’ll be posting some new groovy interviews very soon.  In the meantime, I’d like to announce that our groovycareers cards are now available for purchase.  I designed these cards to help you explore your unique interests and skills and combine them to create numerous potential careers that could make you happy.  The cards come with exercises you can try to help you expand your knowledge of the career universe.

     

    In January, we will be featuring a weekly column using the cards to create various combinations of skills and interests.  For example, what if the cards you select say that your interests are writing, wine, and yoga and your skills are marketing and managing?  What career could you create?  We look forward to hearing your ideas about these combinations and what careers they could lead to.  I used this exercise with career counselors at the National Conference for Colleges and Employers in June 2012.  The energy in the room rose dramatically when they explored the cards and they created some very cool careers.

     

    Happy holidays and a groovy New Year to all!

     

     

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  • Here’s the “doom and gloom” message I hear frequently from parents and college students and recent grads:  “There are no jobs for young people.” That is simply not true. If you read our groovy interviews about people in their first jobs, you will see that they have landed awesome jobs in organizations where they are very happy.  Some of those companies are always hiring.

    Don’t Believe the Bad News!

    Here’s the “doom and gloom” message I hear frequently from parents and college students and recent grads:  “There are no jobs for young people.”

    That is simply not true.

    If you read our groovy interviews about people in their first jobs, you will see that they have landed awesome jobs in organizations where they are very happy.  Some of those companies are always hiring.

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  • I’m interested in the notion that college majors are supposed to be directly related to careers and career success.  And how people say to art majors or history majors or theater majors or philosophy majors, “What are you going to do with that?” Yes, I know that pre-med majors want to go to medical school and communication majors want to appear on TV and write for major

    Is There A Direct Relationship Between College Majors and Jobs?

    I’m interested in the notion that college majors are supposed to be directly related to careers and career success.  And how people say to art majors or history majors or theater majors or philosophy majors, “What are you going to do with that?”
    Yes, I know that pre-med majors want to go to medical school and communication majors want to appear on TV and write for major

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  • Here is what is amazingly cool about groovy careers—people LOVE to talk about them.  When you read the interviews on www.groovycareers.com, you might assume that I have a huge network of people with wonderful careers.  While I do know many people with cool jobs, I am amazed by the openness of people I don’t know when I contact them to learn about their career paths and to solicit their career...

    Who Will Show You The Way to Your First Career?

    Here is what is amazingly cool about groovy careers—people LOVE to talk about them.  When you read the interviews on www.groovycareers.com, you might assume that I have a huge network of people with wonderful careers.  While I do know many people with cool jobs, I am amazed by the openness of people I don’t know when I contact them to learn about their career paths and to solicit their career advice.

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  • Last week I interviewed Christine Daley, Flavorist and Senior Sales Executive at Treatt USA. When I solicited her career advice for college students and recent grads, here’s her answer: “If somebody said, ‘I will give you a million dollars if you could tell me what you would like to do with the rest of your life, no matter what’ – choose that.” So what’s your answer to the million dollar...

    The Million Dollar Question

    Last week I interviewed Christine Daley, Flavorist and Senior Sales Executive at Treatt USA. When I solicited her career advice for college students and recent grads, here’s her answer: “If somebody said, ‘I will give you a million dollars if you could tell me what you would like to do with the rest of your life, no matter what’ – choose that.”

    So what’s your answer to the million dollar question?  Run a restaurant and be on Top Chef?   Start a surfing school in Hawaii?  Work at Vogue or write hilarious comic sketches or figure out why people behave they way they do?  Or happily run numbers and data in the peace and calm of your office?  Whatever your answer, it’s an important clue to the path you need to be on to find a career that will make you happy.

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  • Happy New Year!  My wish for you is that 2011 will bring you the job that will make you really happy and use your talents. I have a love/hate relationship with resolutions for the New Year.  So easy to dream them up, so easy to break them.  As a coach, I know that it is the commitment to one’s self and one’s future that is most important—and writing out a...

    Limit Your Resolutions! Take Action!

    Happy New Year!  My wish for you is that 2011 will bring you the job that will make you really happy and use your talents.

    I have a love/hate relationship with resolutions for the New Year.  So easy to dream them up, so easy to break them.  As a coach, I know that it is the commitment to one’s self and one’s future that is most important—and writing out a list of specific action steps is essential to moving forward.

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  • We’re thrilled to be celebrating our first anniversary on December 7th!  We’ve spent the past year featuring groovy people who have jobs they love, including a geography professor, a LEGO sculptor, the vice-president of programming at Oxygen TV, a CEO of a hugely successful internet company, a cellist/jingle writer, and a teacher of a class in toy design.  Next up?  An international relations expert turned food historian.  We’ve also had...

    Happy Anniversary to Us!

    We’re thrilled to be celebrating our first anniversary on December 7th!  We’ve spent the past year featuring groovy people who have jobs they love, including a geography professor, a LEGO sculptor, the vice-president of programming at Oxygen TV, a CEO of a hugely successful internet company, a cellist/jingle writer, and a teacher of a class in toy design.  Next up?  An international relations expert turned food historian.  We’ve also had fascinating discussions with high school and college students exploring the career universe – and they have taught us about new and interesting groovy careers.

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  • Interning is the new first job.  Yes, many internships are unpaid first jobs but employers are using interns more frequently and also hiring from the intern pool.  If you can afford to take on an internship while you are looking for your first gig that has a paycheck attached, here are some benefits of these “starter” positions.

    Internships Are Great “Try-Outs” for Jobs

    Interning is the new first job.  Yes, many internships are unpaid first jobs but employers are using interns more frequently and also hiring from the intern pool.  If you can afford to take on an internship while you are looking for your first gig that has a paycheck attached, here are some benefits of these “starter” positions.

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