The Best College Graduate Gifts

Your son or daughter has graduated high school and now you are looking for something to give them as a special token of your pride. What can you buy them?

First, the best choice is money. This allows them to spend the money on planning their after high school career or college. Perhaps they need a new computer, new car or maybe they will just use it for booze — that is the risk that comes with a money gift.

PDAs are very popular and very useful. Buying one for a graduate allows them to store images, movies and music on it, as well as data for college. This can help make their workload and scheduling much, much easier.

What would college be without a computer? So why not get them one. Nearly every college student has one, and a laptop computer will give them the ability to use it in class, without the need to take down notes by hand and then type them out.

A digital camera will let your future college student take pictures of their college experience and send it to you by email. This will allow you to still see your son or daughter, even if they are a thousand miles away.

It is very difficult to take notes in class without knowing shorthand, so why not give them a digital recorder that allows them to record what the instructor says, and then plug it into their laptop and have the computer type out what was said. It is a handy note taking tool.

Phone cards will allow the college-bound to keep in touch with you. Giving them phone cards means they don’t have to pay for the long distance call to you. On that same note, buy them a cell phone, pre-paid, so that they can keep in touch with you from anywhere.

A commemorative gift, such as their diploma in a special frame with a picture of the two of you can be a great gift for the college student. When they are off in college, they can look at that and be reminded of home. This also works for a variety of other sentimental gifts you may want to buy.

No matter what you buy your future college-bound child, make it special because it will not only help them succeed in college, but also it will remind them of home and you. The last thing you want is for your son or daughter to forget you!…

What Is Career Coaching About Anyway?

There are still many people who don’t really have a clear understanding of what career coaching is or how to go about choosing a career coach. Let’s just say it’s not uncommon for me to get emails, social media messages, or phone calls asking me about one or the other. So…

What is career coaching exactly?

It’s championing and helping you reach your ultimate career goals and your career coach being with you on that journey.

In a coach/client relationship, you hold the agenda and they provide you with the help, support, and direction you need to achieve the goal(s) you have in mind–reaching them sooner than later when attempting to do it all on your own.

Many facets come into play and depending on what your objectives are will determine the focus of your coaching sessions. An ongoing coach/client relationship strengthens awareness of what may be holding you back or the road blocks you may be facing while at the same time helping you focus on the goals you’re targeting.

You receive help establishing realistic goals, discovering solutions to challenges you may be up against, developing action plans, establishing motivation, and building self-confidence. You take charge of your career by changing it from what it is today to something you’ve always dreamed of, being the ultimate goal.

You and your coach share that same ultimate goal creates and adds excitement during the process! The one-on-one partnering experience is an excellent way to:

receiving personalized advice, support, and guidance when making career decisions.

determining what steps to take and strategies to use.

coming up with a customized plan that will keep you on track to accomplish what you set yourself out to do.

What a career coach is not…

A counselor or therapist. A career coach helps you develop proficiencies, whereas a career counselor help clients overcome deficiencies.

Therapy often deals with a person’s history and the “why’s” of that history; coaching deals with the future and the “hows” of making the future become what the client wants it to become.

Those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, or problems that interfere with life situations should seek professional counseling. Career coaches do not tell their clients what to do with their lives.

To benefit from career coaching, you have to be willing to be coached. Meaning, you’re open to new ideas, willing to make changes, receptive to constructive criticism, and willing and ready to take action. Seeing results from your actions is what makes all your hard work and efforts worthwhile!

What will a career coach do for you?

  • Challenge you, inspire you to do your best, and will be there to support you each step of the way.
  • Provide you with feedback, support you when times get difficult, and will be honest and up front.
  • Hold you accountable. Unlike friends, co-workers, or even spouses, a career coach will tell it like it is, not letting you get off easy when it comes to stepping up to the plate. No