Please Note: What I’m about to share with you CAN help you wake up each day feeling fortunate, thankful, and optimistic not only that your son or daughter is gainfully employed, but because he or she has the fulfilling and financially rewarding professional life he or she has always wanted …
Are You Ready to Help Your Child Turn Their Knowledge and Skills into a Valuable and Rewarding Career They Love?!?
From the Desk of Karen Rose, LPCC
Does any of this sound familiar?
You son or daughter has boomeranged back home from college and feels disorganized, unprepared, and as if they’re starting at square one when it comes to the job-search process and you’re wondering if they’re ever going to launch successfully. What if you could help them know exactly what position they wanted and what they needed to do to get hired and could quickly get organized, prepare for, and master professional networking, writing effective resumes and cover letters, successfully using LinkedIn, and the interview and salary negotiation process?
Your child feels paralyzed, stuck, or trapped because he or she doesn’t want a career in the field he or she studied in school. What if you could help them create a personal roadmap that helps them get unstuck and self-assuredly create and navigate a path towards THEIR OWN vision of success?
Your son or daughter knows what he or she wants to do, but he or she doesn’t think it’s possible or that he or she has the skills or experience necessary to make it happen. What if you could help them confidently read between the lines and understand precisely how to apply their knowledge, skills, and accomplishments to achieve exactly what they want to achieve, regardless of whether or not they have the “perfect” major, internships, professional connections, or work experience?
Whether you’re looking to help your child…
- Start their first internship or job search;
- Identify their priorities, better understand their career options, and define their vision of success;
- Figure out how to turn their college major into the job and career they want;
- Grow their professional network and create resumes and cover letters that make them “leap out” as someone prospective employers want to put on their “definitely interview” list;
- Better understand, appreciate, and communicate their value during interviews and salary negotiations, so they not only get the job they want but also get paid what they’re worth;
- Reduce feelings of anxiety, stress and overwhelm, so they can feel more confident and move forward in creating the professional life they desire;
- Finally become financially self-sufficient; or
- Figure out what they want to do with the rest of their life …
I’ve got GREAT news for you –
You Are In The Right Place, Right Now!
Welcome to Career Therapy!
Whether your daughter or son is still in school or a recent graduate, you’re likely more than well aware that they’re entering a highly competitive and increasingly demanding work world… an environment in which they need any edge they can get.
Identifying the right jobs and career paths, knowing how to approach potential connections, creating powerful and effective resumes, and preparing for interviews can all be stressful… even overwhelming.
In fact, some graduates are so stressed about landing a job – any job – that they often grab the first position they’re offered. And, while I know it may seem difficult to believe, taking the wrong job can sometimes be worse than not having any job at all.
Unfortunately, many recent grads lack the awareness, experience, and skills necessary to get the positions that will truly help launch the careers they desire.
That’s where I come in…
Hi! My name is Karen Rose, and in addition to being a career counselor and licensed psychotherapist, I’ve supervised career counselors at John F. Kennedy University’s Career Center and San Francisco State University’s Career Counseling and Development Center and have been “quietly” transforming the career coaching and career counseling landscape in the San Francisco Bay Area over the course of the last three decades.
And, while it may seem difficult to believe, I know what both your child and you are going through… I’ve been where he or she is.
As a woman who was born without sight, I’ve had to overcome more than my fair share of challenges… even long before I graduated. And, I realized early on that the world isn’t “made” for any one of us.
We each have to discover our own passions and joys, understand our own strengths and weaknesses, and then create our own ways of thinking and getting things done. And it is with pride and joy that I’ve been able to do precisely this… not just in my own life, but by helping countless recent grads over the past 30 years figure out how to do the exact same thing for themselves!
Let me assure you that – regardless of the skills, experience, and professional connections your child has or has not acquired to date – their past does NOT define them.
As Barbara Sher said, “You live the good life, not by doing what you can do, but by doing what you want to do.”
Your child’s future will be decided by what you do today, by what he or she does today, and each and every day moving forward.
Are you ready to get started?
Yes, getting a job out of college can be challenging. Employers have high expectations, even for young adults who are taking the first steps of their careers.
We’ve all seen the headlines. For example…
- According to McKinsey & Company’s Education to Employment Report, “Only 42% of worldwide employers believe new graduates are adequately prepared for work.”
- According to an article in The New York Times, “One of the big problems for new employees is that they don’t know what they don’t know, especially when it comes to soft skills – like working with people and being self-motivated…”
- And, CBS Money Watch concurred, saying, “Fifty-nine percent of U.S. hiring managers said they had difficulty finding candidates with so-called ‘soft skills’ – the interpersonal skills that can make a workplace function smoothly.”
There’s obviously a gap between the skills recent graduates think they have to offer and what employers want and expect from them at work.
But, just as obviously, your son or daughter is far from alone!
And then there’s how we feel as parents… According to an article in Forbes, “Approximately 65% of parents expect to support their kids for up to five years after they graduate from college.”
So, you’re also far from alone when it comes to the concerns you have as a parent of a recent grad!
All of this is just one of the reasons career counseling and career coaching for recent college graduates has become so important.
Yes, colleges and universities do a great job providing students the knowledge they need to succeed. But they’re often not helping students acquire the interpersonal skills that are so highly prized by employers, nor are they teaching students how to create personal roadmaps to career success.
In fact, career coaching has almost become something of a requisite for new graduates who want to successfully transition from being a “student” to being a “professional,” and the career coaching services I provide are specifically designed to help your child bridge the gap between college and the real world.
Even if he or she is still in school – in fact, especially if he or she is still in school – career counseling and coaching can be of tremendous benefit…
Well, did you know that the vast majority of jobs – between 70 and 80 percent – are secured through networking, personal introductions, and internal referrals?
Securing the right internship can be crucial to landing the job that launches their career, and I work with students to help them target the best internships and develop the skills necessary to land those positions.
It’s never too soon for your child to start working towards their future. And if we work together to map out their career path while they are still a student, it’ll be that much easier for them to start the career they want as soon as they graduate.
But, whether or not your son or daughter has had one or more internships, or thinks they have the skills or experience they need or not, or they think their dreams are out of reach, or they keep saying to themselves, “I’ve never worked in the ‘real world,’ so how am I going to or why should anyone hire me?” let me assure you…
Each and every one of us, no matter where we are, has the power to meet seemingly insurmountable odds and transform our dreams into reality!
I know firsthand… Because I’ve helped countless grads do precisely this.
Are you ready to help your child create the career and life they know, deep down, exists inside of them?!?
I’m here to show your child HOW they can do it, without compromising their values as they achieve success, no matter how difficult things look right now.
Are you ready to get started?
If you’re at all worried about your child being able to create the fulfilling and thriving professional life they desire, or simply wonder why they can’t seem to get hired for a position you know they’re qualified for, Career Therapy can help both of you understand what’s holding them back and then adapt and feel confident as they apply their talents, passions, and skills to launching the career they want most.
We’ll use the same concrete, strategic, and efficient career counseling and coaching techniques I’ve developed and used over the past three decades to help other grads just like your daughter or so, so that they can learn and implement the skills necessary to find or create the career that best fits THEM!
It is possible, no matter how frustrated, stressed out, or afraid you or they may feel. For example …
Case Study – “Amanda”
Amanda graduated from San Jose State University in 2013 with a major in fine arts and had been searching for a job for almost three years. She’d moved back in with her parents, was working part time in cafes and in retail, and she was quickly losing hope that she’d get started in any career, much less one she wanted.
When I first asked Amanda what she really wanted to do, her response was, “I just want to get a job!” But the more we discussed the matter the more Amanda realized she was applying for jobs that she didn’t really want. As Amanda said afterwards, “When someone asks you questions for an hour and really cares about you and the answers you’re giving, it really makes you think and be honest with yourself.”
After several coaching sessions, Amanda became convinced that she wanted to pursue a career in graphic design, as well as develop other interests. And, at the end of one of our sessions, Amanda revealed a long-held desire to try improvisational comedy.
I encouraged Amanda to pursue her passions, and we worked together to polish up her résumé and improve her interviewing and networking skills.
Instead of “finding a job,” Amanda used the professional networking skills she gained to build up a roster of clients she does graphic design work for on a contract basis. This, in turn, has allowed her to save up enough money to move to New York (where she’s always wanted to live) and get a place with a couple of friends… and she’s even started taking improv classes!
Or, consider another client of mine…
Case Study – “Chris”
Chris graduated from Boston College with a major in environmental studies and, after a brief post-college internship at a Napa Valley winery, had moved back home to Baltimore to be closer to his ailing mother.
Although he wanted a full-time position that would put his environmental knowledge to use, he could only land part-time work as a marketing rep for a solar energy startup in California. He wasn’t happy in marketing, and he didn’t feel like he was doing the work he was “supposed” to be doing. And, while he wanted to stay close to his mother, he kept applying for positions across the country afraid that he had no other choice.
In our first sessions together, I helped Chris write down and prioritize his goals, as well as how we could achieve them together, and I gave him homework at the end of each session.
A year later, after a lot of diligence and persistence, Chris landed a full-time, policy research position at an environmental think tank in Arlington, Virginia, which not only offered him the career path he was looking for, but also allowed him to remain close to home and his mom.
And, then there’s…
Case Study – “Maria”
When Maria graduated from St John’s University in 2012, she was armed with a degree in television and film and lots of ambition. She headed off to California to start an internship helping develop a series for MTV. It was a dream come true… Almost.
Unfortunately, Maria wasn’t asked to continue on after the internship and couldn’t afford to keep living in California, so she moved back home to live with her parents in Fishers, Indiana.
After several years working a variety of part-time jobs while trying to fund and launch her own projects, she felt like she was spinning her wheels and not really getting anywhere. That’s about the time she contacted me for help.
After our initial conversations, it was clear that Maria really wanted to “do her own thing,” but she didn’t really know what that looked like. We worked together over the course of several sessions to figure out what Maria enjoyed most and how she could create it.
Two months later, Maria started her own business helping people develop strategies for launching creative projects (such as commercials, videos, and websites), while she continued to work on short films of her own. As Maria says, “My work with Karen really helped me clarify not only what I wanted to do, but how I wanted to do it, and what I needed to get done to make it happen.”
Three years on, Maria has become something of a coach herself, and is now doing work she loves that also affords her the time and flexibility she needs to be able to continue creating short films of her own.
One thing each of these three had in common – as do most of the people who come to me for help – is that, while they may have believed their issue was their lack of experience, or how well their resumes are written, how well they interviewed, or whether or not they had the right connections, the underlying problem almost always has to do with knowing and being clear about what we want and our core beliefs about what is necessary or possible.
Accordingly, a large part of the work I do with clients is helping them get clear about what they want to create and shake themselves free of any limiting beliefs that are holding them back.
What limiting beliefs is your child holding on to?
- Do they feel like, since they haven’t had the “right” internships or a job in their chosen industry, no one will hire them?
- Do they really want to be an artist, or run their own business, or _________, but don’t feel supported, or don’t think they have the time or money to make it happen?
- Do they think they can’t make a good living doing the things they love most?
Well, let me tell you… They can… And YOU CAN HELP!
Your child can get the job they want without having three years of internships in similar positions. They can make money doing what they love (I’ve helped people find or create careers as artists, musicians, and even video game testers).
The problem is, most people aren’t aware of the limiting beliefs they have… And, even if they DID know about them, they wouldn’t know how to change them.
It’s not your child’s fault they’re still struggling to find a job, let alone find or create the career of their dreams – or that they still aren’t sure exactly what that would look like, or that they know what it looks and feels like but don’t know how to go about creating it. And it’s not your fault, either! In fact, this is where we all start out.
We all start at the same point, wondering what our dreams are, what we truly want from our careers, and then taking our first steps toward creating that professional success.
The main difference between those who achieve their dreams and those who don’t is the ones who succeed are willing to ask for and accept support and guidance to help them along the way.
Career Therapy Can Help!
Are you ready to get started?
No matter what’s holding your son or daughter back, I know first hand that they CAN make a great living doing something other people believe is impossible.
I’ve done just that.
And I spend my professional life helping people just like your child do the same… think outside the box when it comes to not only finding a great job but about what’s possible and what one can do to make a great living and a great life!
I’ve helped many college students land multiple internships in the companies and industries they want to work in most… I’ve helped countless college students and recent graduates gain paid positions – often before they even finish school… And I’ve helped numerous clients in their 20s and 30s not only determine what it is they want most, but also what they need to do to create it, whether that means figuring out how to get in at a company they’ve always wanted to work for, become self-employed, or start their own businesses.
There are all kinds of shortcuts people don’t know about when it comes to fast-tracking a new career… Anything is truly possible!
The biggest hurdle to your child’s success is themselves.
Yes, I can help him or her with:
- Career Testing and Assessment;
- Professional Networking;
- Job Search Strategies;
- Resume Writing, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn Profile Reviews;
- Interview and Salary Negotiation Coaching; and
- Navigating the Workplace and Professional Development.
But, to be perfectly honest, none of these things is likely to help much or lead to his or her success if he or she doesn’t move past whatever’s been holding them back from the inside.
This is why I approach career counseling and career coaching strategically and holistically.
Yes, I can help your child identify and showcase his or her strengths, experience, and passion. But, no matter what specific career building and professional development services a client needs, I’ve found it’s almost always necessary to employ some type of cognitive behavioral tools and techniques with my clients to help them understand their core beliefs around what’s possible when it comes to making money, making a living, finding a fulfilling career, and creating a life they truly love.
This is what makes Career Therapy unique!
Many college grads seek the professional assistance of a career counselor or career coach, which is great. I know. I am one.
The problem is that, while a career counselor or career coach can help your child with all of the logistical aspects of finding a job, they’re often not trained to help your child with the anxiety, stress, depression and other emotional, relational, and psychological issues that many of us experience when first entering the work world.
This is when professional counseling and psychotherapy can be vital.
Only licensed mental health professionals are truly equipped to help your child through these types of emotional, psychological, and relationship stumbling blocks, as well as teach him or her how to overcome them… Again, I know. I am one.
However, most mental health professionals are not equipped to actually help your child find or create a new career. They can’t help your child learn effective job search strategies, or with the ins and outs of networking, or create powerful, attention-getting résumés, or perform well during your interviews, or create a business plan if he or she decides to “go it alone.”
As someone rather unique in this field, I’ve been fortunate enough to help clients with all of these things … both as a career counselor and coach and as a licensed marriage and family therapist. And, I created Career Therapy to bridge the gap between career counseling, career coaching, and psychotherapy!
As I said, the biggest problem I see in my career counseling and career coaching business is that recent grads’ beliefs about what they want and what they can and can’t do – about what’s possible – get in the way of them achieving their goals.
My career counseling and coaching practice seems to almost inevitably lead to some form of professional counseling and psychotherapy work to help my clients see the limitations they’re unnecessarily creating and the obstacles they’re putting in their own way, as well as how to overcome them… And, they do learn to overcome them!
Don’t get me wrong… I know your child is unique. They may just need help with the logistics, or they may only need help moving past some specific psychological stumbling block…
I’ll always take the time to get to know your child and tailor whatever help I can provide to meet their specific needs, so they’re better able to understand and emphasize their strengths, as well as feel comfortable discussing their weaknesses (we all have at least one!).
So, are you ready to help your child to better understand him- or herself, overcome any self-created doubts, limitations, or roadblocks to his or her success, and find or create the career he or she desires?
Still not sure if Career Therapy is right for your child?
It can be exciting to think about how much better you’ll feel once your child is FINALLY independent and has the fulfilling and rewarding career they want most, but getting there takes self-understanding, work, dedication, focus, and a willingness to come out of his or her shell… I get it.
I know it’s not easy. Heck, if it was easy, your child would have already done it by now.
But, he or she needs to stop listening to that loud voice inside that keeps telling him or her to be afraid, that he or she can’t do this, that he or she isn’t good enough, and that what he or she wants isn’t possible.
Instead, he or she needs to quiet him- or herself and listen to that softer voice that knows deep down inside that he or she CAN do anything. Your child just has to be willing to put in the effort necessary.
What job search or career goals does your child keep putting off? What does he or she want to achieve in the months ahead? Who do they see themselves becoming in the years ahead?
You have an opportunity to take action and help your child create a successful and fulfilling career and the life you dream about for him or her …
But if you don’t get them started now, then when?
So, let’s make today the day that you help your child completely change his or her life!
Are you ready to get started?
Amazing things happen when we are clear and we take control of our careers, our lives, and our happiness with no apologies.
I know you want your child to be successful. You’ve invested a lot of your time and energy in their upbringing, to say nothing of a lot of money, especially for their college education. I get it.
Your child is at a critical juncture in his or her life. That first job will have a profound effect on your child’s future. If it’s not the right job, they will come home (to your home, not their own apartment) frustrated or depressed, and possibly broke. Over time, they may give up on achieving their dreams and settle for “just a job.” That’s not what you want for them. That’s not what I want for them.
You want them to be working in a field and in a job that will energize them and enable them to grow into the responsible adults you raised them to become.
I want your child to be able to bring their best and brightest self to the world and do work that they enjoy… that they love doing. That’s why I created Career Therapy. The support, care, and professional counseling and coaching I provide are unlike anything your child or you has experienced before.
I’ll work with your child each and every step of the way – from preparation, to application, to interview coaching, to job offer – to ensure they get the position they want most. Or, I’ll help them launch their own career or business (as someone who’s self-employed and owns and operates a couple of businesses myself, I know exactly what they need to do to get started).
Every day there are other recent grads just like your child who are turning their prospects around… who are finding they CAN create professional lives they love. They’re living the life they were meant to live, and they’re having fun and feeling amazing doing it.
- Imagine your child having the self-understanding, self-confidence, determination, and focus necessary to put them at the top of any company’s candidate list.
- Imagine your child being the superstar at work because they’re finally in their element; surrounded by projects and people that stimulate them and make them want to give their best.
- Imagine your child excelling at work because they finally have the clarity, inspiration, motivation, mental focus, and drive to pursue their career goals.
- Imagine how good you feel now that your child is finally able to support themselves financially and do the things they love to do.
- Imagine your child loving the work that they do and having it energize and inspire them.
Imagine all of this and more… because it’s possible. It’s a decision you make, it’s a decision your child makes, and I’m ready to stand by both of you every step of the way.
So, if that’s the life you want for your child, Career Therapy is here for both of you. I’m here for both of you.
If you want your child to experience all of the passion, confidence, satisfaction, success, purpose, empowerment and joy their professional life can provide, click the button below to get started and schedule their first appointment.
I look forward to your free initial telephone consult. Call me, Karen Rose, at (510) 486-1188 or schedule a free initial phone consultation, today. If you wait, or delay, then another day will have been wasted on your child’s path to passion, purpose, meaning, and the total joy of ACHIEVEMENT!
P.S. Remember, few things in life define us more than our careers. Our careers can be the source of our anxiety, depression, lack of purpose and meaning, and our angst, or our careers can be a source of passion, purpose, meaning, and joy. The decision about what your child’s career will mean to them is in your hands… Really, you have the power to change your child’s life.
I’ve been helping recent grads find and create fulfilling careers for three decades, and I know that I can help your son or daughter, too. And, you can help them to take the first step towards taking control of their career and creating true satisfaction and success in their life.
So, what are you waiting for?!? Your child and you can keep feeling stuck… can keep doing the same things that aren’t working… or, you can try something new, help your child and you feel empowered again, and help them take control of their career and their life, today! Are you ready? Good. Then, I’ll look forward to seeing you on the other side…