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Dear Estelle,
Soon I will return to Denver after spending four glorious years at a terrific northeastern college. I have friends throughout the country and a great interest in intellectual pursuits but alas no substantive thoughts on how to enter the real world and earn a living. I interviewed for several corporate-type jobs on campus but none appealed to me. I thought of possibly doing a transition type of job but don’t have an inkling what that should be. I’m definitely not the waiter or barista type. My parents are being patient but encouraging. My grandparents gave me a substantial gift for graduation, which tempts me to travel abroad for a year or buy a car. Either way I’m still lost as to future direction. Can you suggest a plan?

— J. Simon, Cherry Hills

Wow! I empathize with you. You are at a difficult juncture. Trying to find a niche in the real world can seem like an overwhelming task after your excellent college experience. All of a sudden your bachelor’s degree seems to have little relevance to the job market. You have lots of company. A significant number of students see no relationship between their college major and their career goals. However, don’t negate the important skills you’ve acquired during the last four years. Regardless your major, you have acquired skills and knowledge that are sought after and applicable to many fields. This is an important time to consider a systematic approach to career planning and I would recommend that you contact a career professional, like myself, who can assist you with career assessments and individual coaching.

Recently I have begun using an important new career assessment which could be beneficial in helping you sort out your interests, personality type and aptitudes. This is the first time in all the years I’ve been practicing career counseling that an assessment combines all three facets which comprise a person’s career suitability. Considering that two-thirds of people aren’t happy in their jobs, this scientifically-based test could be very beneficial in leading you in the right direction to finding a satisfying career. This tool predicts precisely the the careers where you are most likely to succeed. Combining the assessment with several hours of career coaching might be just the thing for putting you on the right path to a satisfying career.

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