Book Review: Now What: A Young Persons Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career by Nicholas Lore

As a career consultant I try to read as many books on this topic as I can. I just finished reading Now What: A Young Persons Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career by Nicholas Lore. I had very high expectations going into this book based on the last book that I read from this author. I must say that I was not disappointed.

The first couple of chapters are pretty basic and kind of boring as the author describes various tests that college students can take to learn about their personality types and which careers they would be best suited for. The best part of the book is the tool kit that Lore provides. This allows the reader to become engaged and learn as they read. The book forces you to take action towards your career and actually provides encouragement and motivation along the way.

There were a couple of negatives though. The one thing that I did not like was the author plugs his testing and coaching services and at times I felt like I was reading a promotional piece for his business instead of a book that was supposed to inform and educate. The other negative was there was never any mention of the negative economy we are in and how that impacts people that are starting off in their career.

Overall, I do recommend this book for any high school or college student that is ready to start searching for a career. It is tough out there so the more you can read and prepare for the better off you will be.

Key Qualities And Skills A Good Career Counselor Should Have

Nowadays, a lot of young people still have a hard time finding out which career path to take. They usually have a problem with this because their interests and skills set do not match. Or the teenager’s parents or whoever will be financially supporting their college education want them to take a course that unfortunately, they do not like or have an interest in.

In such instances, teenagers can benefit greatly by talking with and seeking advice from career counselors. These counselors specialize in helping point clients, especially young ones, in the right direction of finding the appropriate career path for them. They will assess their clients using certain tests and interviews to get an idea of where their talents or interests lie. After getting the results, they will make the suitable career suggestions depending on the answers the client gave during the testing and interviews.

The right career counselor to go to though should not just be competent in giving out tests and handling interviews. He or she should have certain key qualities and traits that should include the following:

A genuine interest in others and with helping them. A good career counselor should have the drive and energy to sit with people through their best and worst. He or she should be fully present when listening to their clients’ stories, however difficult or long they are. Keep in mind that a good career counselor should always have a sustained commitment to facilitating human-to-human connection and positive transformation.

Good listening skills. Effective listening is a key skill any counselor should have. A good career counselor should not only to listen to what is being said, but how it is said, why it is being said, and what it means in the context of a particular client. The ideal career counselor should also be able to listen “between the lines,” for those things that are not being said by the client. This is because what a client omits from a session can speak just as clearly as what is communicated out loud. In addition, a good counselor should know how to listen without passing judgment or evaluation.

Authenticity and accessibility. Lastly, a counselor should not only be accessible to their clients in order to gain their trust, but he or she needs to be genuine and empathetic as well when listening and communicating with the clients. The best career counselor should be adept at developing a genuine empathetic connection with each client so that the counseling process can move forward and the counselor-client relationship can become stronger and more effective.

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How to Develop Military Officer to Civilian Transition Career Strategies

Developing Military Officer to Civilian Transition Strategies

If you are planning to use the skills and experience you gained in your military job to obtain a proper civilian position, you need to know some important strategies. Many service members face challenges when they leave active duty. They do not know how to handle those challenges properly and as a result, they and their families suffer a lot. You can make the military transition smoothly, if you follow some basic strategies.

Discuss About the Transition with Your Family

Before leaving your military employment, discuss the challenges associated with military to civilian transition with your family. Career changes can stress the family, because this transition may involve physical moves, income reduction and loss of support network. You can develop a family budget well before leaving your military job and start saving money. Research the geographical locations that have potential job options. Consider the schools, cost of living and other life factors in that location. Realize that stress is normal at this stage. Preparing and seeking help can make the military transition smooth.

Problems In Demilitarizing the Language

Many service members face difficulties while writing a resume. They find it hard to translate military occupational specialties properly to suit the requirements of potential civilian employers. It takes time to understand how to demilitarize the language.

Using Improper Resume Styles

Using improper resume style is yet another problem faced by military people. More often they write ineffective content, articulating a vast amount of data to potential employers. You can solve this problem by viewing resume examples and samples available online.

Lack of Understanding About Current Interviewing Methods

More often, veterans lack knowledge of the current methods in behavioral interviewing process. Though they have valuable skills that are valued and in high demand, they are not able to get a suitable civilian job, as they do not know how to market themselves in an interview. You can eliminate this problem by following the Transferability of Skills Strategy. In order to write a successful resume, you need to understand how to separate your skills, talents and experience from the actual military environment in which you acquired them. You need to identify all your skills and connect them to your current career goals. Then present them in a proper manner, which can be understood by a civilian employer easily.

If all your skills, qualifications and experience are embedded within your military job, an employer may find it difficult to recognize them. Hence, you need to display your skills without focusing on your record of service as a military officer. Changing the wording and presentation suitable to the civilian word can help you get success in finding a right job. Be sure to highlight your capabilities and experience prominently, so that they get the attention they deserve. Searching for a good job that fits and utilizes your military skills may be difficult, but it helps you get an exciting and highly rewarding career.

Written by: Shadeed Eleazer