Benefits of online career counselling for graduates

Are you unsure of what career is right for you? Do you want to progress rapidly in your career? If the answer to one of those questions is yes, you’ll definitely benefit from some online career counselling. 

What is online career counselling? 

Online career counselling involves consuming online resources that are designed to help you to secure and thrive in the right job that is tailored to your skills and interests. 

The beauty of online career counselling is that it allows you to digest content at your own pace and reflect upon how you’ll implement what you have learnt. 

What online career counselling resources do you offer at Graduate Coach? 

Here at Graduate Coach, we offer a wide variety of online career counselling resources designed for students, graduates and career changers.

Here’s a list of our online career counselling resources:

The Graduate Coach blog:

We have a wide range of blog posts covering topics relating to interview tips, job applications, career advice and more.

You can check out our blog here

Graduate Coach YouTube channel:

Our YouTube channel has a vast range of videos created by the founder of Graduate Coach, Chris Davies.

Check out our YouTube channel here and don’t forget to subscribe! 

Ebooks:

We have two ebooks: The Student Book and The Graduate Book

The Student Book contains everything you need to know to get the job you really want. The Graduate Book outlines everything you need to know to do really well at work. 

Both of these books are available in Kindle and hardback formats. 

Online courses:

We take a two-pronged approach to our career coaching programmes.

Most of our coaching includes an element of online career counselling combined with a face-to-face element. 

The Nail that interview course brings together all the learnings we have gained over the past decade into 8 hours of content.

Find out more about our online interview course here.

Here are some of the benefits of online career counselling.

1: Helps you to discover your career path

Many graduates struggle to find a job after university

One of the reasons why many graduates struggle is because they don’t know what to do after university. 

There are several different graduate job titles on the market and it can become quite confusing if you are not sure of what career path to embark on.
Online counselling sessions can help students, graduates and career changers to discover what career is right for them and help them to make an informed career choice. 

We have an online course called: Discover your career path. The course helps candidates to identify their skills, interests and ambitions and to understand their career typology. 

Here’s a post on how to discover your career path after university that is published on CV-Library.

2: Gain lifelong skills 

Mastering:

-The art of performing highly in interviews is a skill that many people neglect.


-How to identify your skills 

Write an achievement-based CV 

Are all lifelong skills that will be beneficial throughout your entire career and working life.

Many of the candidates who have benefitted from our career counselling online have told us that was a short term investment for long term success.

3: Increases the chance of getting a graduate job

It’s a distressing fact, but 48% of graduates never secure a graduate-level job and remain underemployed.

We conducted some research to identify why graduates struggle to get graduate-level jobs. Here’s what our research uncovered:

-Determining what job they should do

-Writing an effective CV

-Being successful in an interview 

Career counselling is designed to address all of the struggles outlined above and more.

4: Helps you to thrive in the workplace

For many graduates starting their first job after university can be very daunting.

We equip graduates with everything they need to know to perform highly in their career.

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Benefits of online career counselling for graduates: summary


Many students progress through their time in formal education without ever seeing career counsellors. 

Without any guidance, it can be really difficult for grads to navigate different career options.

Through counselling and coaching graduates for the past decade, we have shown how beneficial it can be in helping candidates to thrive in their early careers. 

Find out more about how we have successfully helped 500+ students and graduates over the past decade. 

Speak to a career consultant today!
Book an appointment with the Founder of Graduate Coach, Chris Davies.

How to coach yourself into the right career

With so many different graduate career choices on offer how can you reduce the chances of choosing badly? Our blog on how to coach yourself into the right career can help. 

Many graduates invest great energy into the process of finding a job without giving due attention to the most important step in choosing the right career, which is to get to know yourself.

Of course, you have an idea of what you like and dislike and, perhaps, your strengths and weaknesses, but there are different levels of self-awareness which, once achieved, can help you to make the right career choice.

Why is this key?

Your career choice determines your future, that’s why we place so much emphasis on it. Your lifestyle, and economic and social status all rest on this decision. Most importantly, it also has a huge impact on your emotional well-being and happiness. Springing out of bed in the mornings is a lot easier when you enjoy what you do.

Ninety-per cent of the graduates who come to me for career coaching will end up changing their minds about the kind of work they want to do. After a bit of probing and discussion they begin to see that, actually, they are best suited to something else. Getting to know yourself can clarify the career steps you should take.

So, how can you coach yourself to choose the right career? It is important that you start by placing your own skills, interests, experiences, strengths and even weaknesses at the centre of making the right choice.

Step One: Audit your skills

The first step we take our graduates through is to audit their skills. A skills audit is a stock take of the skills you have.

When auditing your skills, you should include both paid and unpaid work as it all counts towards your experience. Remember to include your hobbies and interests, as these also count.

Step Two: Check your skills against those employers look for

Once you’ve listed your skills, check them against what potential employers are looking for. There are at least nine employability skills that all employers say they look for in a new hire.

These are:

  1. Business awareness – you have strong awareness of how the company makes money, how they compete with other brands and how they can reduce costs
  2. Communication – you can get your point across clearly, verbally and in writing
  3. Analytical – you can interpret data into practical, easy-to-use information
  4. Resilience – you keep going in the face of what may seem like failure or lack of result
  5. Problem solving – you automatically look for the best solution to overcome an obstacle
  6. Self-management – you know how to use your own initiative and manage your own behaviour and well-being
  7. Organisation – you can organise your own workload, time and priorities
  8. Teamwork – you can work well with others to achieve a shared objective
  9. Entrepreneurial – you have good innovative ideas and leadership skills
employability skills include business awareness, communication, entrepreneurship, IT skills, numeracy, problem solving, resilience, self-management, teamwork

Once you’ve audited your skills and checked them against the nine employability skills employers look for it’s time to think about your ideal career.

Step Three: What career are you best suited to?

Choosing your ideal career begins with looking at what you have particularly enjoyed and been good at. We find that a graduate will usually fit into one of three types of careers:

  • Specialist – doctor, vet, coder
  • Analyst – planner, logistics, advisor
  • Communicator – hospitality, sales, advertising

The majority of those we work with will fit into one of the latter two because a specialist is more likely to have obtained a degree with a clear career path.

Many find it hard to uncover the relevant skills they have. Again, the clue is in what you have done well and enjoyed.

Finding relevant but buried skills

I once worked with a young man who had achieved his rowing blue at university. What was interesting about him was that he didn’t think he had much to offer an employer. He only mentioned this award after a series of questions about what he’d done in his spare time while at university.

Now, let’s think about what achieving an award of this kind really says about a person. The blue award is given in recognition of outstanding performance so, immediately, it marks you out as someone who possesses a set of valuable attributes. You are a person that has consistently outperformed others around you, who makes significant contributions to your team.

If you have worked in a coffee shop, you can list skills such as customer service, communication, problem solving, organisation and resilience. Remember the time you had to think on your feet to help those diners calculate the percentage each should pay for their meal? Or the time you had to help that lactose-intolerant customer choose the best options on the menu?

Breaking down the tasks you carried out to their minutest detail will help you zoom in on tasks you did well and which can be transferred to other jobs. This is work you have to do for yourself: employers won’t do it for you. All it takes is a little out-of-the-box thinking.

What’s naturally outstanding about you?

According to Forbes, outstanding employees are:

  • Clued up on their job and the environment they are working in.
  • Able to apply what they learn to the job – so they continuously improve.
  • Great with people and in their place as part of a team.
  • Able to anticipate problems and address them before they do harm.
  • The type to speak up about sticky topics like workload and ineffective procedures and to suggest how to fix them.
  • Likely to have a career plan in mind and don’t rely on others to manage it.
  • Respectful of others without being people-pleasers.
  • The type to seek out and ask for help when they need it.
  • Likely to share their ideas and embrace the ideas of others.
  • Consistent and get results.

You need to extract these accomplishments and own them. Expressing them on your CV and during your job interview will mark you out for the right career.

Step Four: Boost your confidence

Our final step in coaching an individual is to help them believe themselves. You must do the same. Why is self-belief so essential for getting the job you want? Because the art of getting a job is to convince an employer that you are the best person for the position advertised – if you don’t believe that yourself how are you going to convince anyone else?

There are four main components to cultivating a strong sense of inner belief without coming across as a pompous know-it-all (which no-one likes). These are:

Past accomplishments. Make a list of the things you’ve accomplished in the past. Think about the time you won that race, met that deadline, solved that difficult problem or wrote that great essay or article. Regularly remind yourself of your triumphs.

Talk about your passions. Focus on specific things around your work or hobbies that really interest you and get you fired up. This will help you to get in touch with your personal values and engender a sense of confidence in yourself as an individual.

Surround yourself with people who believe in you. Whether we like it or not other people’s opinions of us do affect us, especially those of the people we value or are close to. You want people around you who reaffirm and build you up.

Cultivate a growth mindset. Remember, mistakes are inevitable, and no-one becomes skilled at anything without having to learn, so you must be willing to fail forward. One of the top reasons why people struggle to believe they can achieve a goal is because of past failures that leave them believing they will fail again in the future. If you are willing and determined to pick yourself up, learn and move on after every set-back you will eventually land the right career.

At Graduate Coach we offer plenty of support to help you coach yourself into the right career.

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A degree is no longer enough – Aspect County

Young people graduate into a different world from that of twenty or thirty years ago when their parents went to university. The student population has doubled since 1992 and last year UCAS reported that a record number, almost half, were accepted into university. The problem is what happens when they leave. With 78% of students now achieving a 1st or 2:1, competition for graduate level employment is rife. Which is why, according to official data by the Office of National Statistics, almost half (47%) of graduates were in non-graduate jobs two years later.
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One-to-One Coaching: Stage 1 and Stage 2

If you’re a student or graduate our one-to-one coaching can help. Stage one: Learning about yourself – Find your ideal career will help you learn about yourself, give you a better understanding of your preferences, strengths and skills and help you find your ideal career. Stage two: Career plan develops your career plan – what skills do you have and what do you need, establishes your current level on the 9 employability skills, create your career plan, discussions about what career options will suit you best, Internships and work experience needed.

The Student Book & The Graduate Book: Get (& Thrive In) The Job You Really Want

Chris Davies is the author of The Student Book, All you need to know to get the job you really want and The Graduate Book, All you need to know to do really well at work. The Student book introduces the 9 Employability Skills, how and where to acquire them, ways to develop them, how to prove you have these skills and how to create a CV that highlights your achievements.

Nail That Interview Course with Chris Davies

Nail That Interview Online Course will teach you everything you need for interview success. Module 1 – I CAN do the job – contains the Graduate Coach Skills Audit and the 9 Employability Skills.

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Six keys to becoming an innovative employee

You were not employed for your pretty face – though this may have helped – but to help your employer solve a problem. To succeed at this you must become an innovative employee.

There isn’t a business or organisation on the planet that doesn’t exist to solve a problem, whether that problem is critical, man-made or seemingly trivial. Because of this, employers look to take on innovative employees who understand this and have the skills to help them meet their objectives.

As a fresh graduate who is either looking for a job or perhaps still early in your employment career, it is absolutely crucial for you to understand your role as an innovative or entrepreneurial minded employee in a company. Innovation solves problems.

Being innovative at your workplace will make you outstanding and stay ahead of the pack. But what exactly can you do to be an innovative employee?

1.  Be as resourceful and independent as you can

Do all you can to master processes and improve upon them whenever new learning is introduced. Innovative employees help their employers improve their businesses. Even if you’re in a start up without any training program in place, learn as much as you can and share your knowledge with others.

2.  Be confident in your problem solving abilities

In almost every business, new problems and challenges pop up almost every day and they require creative and cost effective solutions. But in almost every facet of work, there are tons of things that work and that doesn’t. In order to be an innovative employee, you should display a vibrant sense of logic, confidence and awareness in solving problems at work. You should be able to decipher the difference between what works and what doesn’t. If you mistake one for the other, don’t be too shy to admit your mistake and retrace your steps.

3.  Promise only what you can deliver

Innovative employees understand the value of keeping their word. So they promise only what they can deliver and then strive to deliver more than what they promised. Going above and beyond to deliver more than anyone expects will make you an outstanding employee that is respected for being innovative.

4.  Concentrate on activities that maximize business impact

There are dozens of things you can do on your work desk. Innovative employees can easily decipher what to focus on based on the significant effect they will have on the overall business. So stay organised, make task lists, and set priorities as you have more details about what you’re targeting.

5.  Engage, commit and be ready to contribute

While it is absolutely normal for you to maintain a personal life outside of your workplace, be ready to commit to your work with full engagement. Don’t go to work with divided emotions and thoughts about your private life. So sort out your thoughts and emotions before resuming for work. Be ready to engage, commit and contribute significantly to whatever task you’re assigned.

6.  Know your limit and be willing to learn new things

Don’t pretend that you know everything – including what you don’t. Rather, identify what you know and what you don’t. Be open to learning valuable things that you don’t know that can help you improve your career. The more you’re willing to learn, the more skills you’ll acquire to become a versatile problem-solver.

Bottom line  

While innovation is often considered as the outcome of a stroke of genius, sometimes, innovation is triggered by considering a creative solution to a problem. So pay close attention to every facet of your work and consider what you can do to improve how you work and the outcome of your efforts. Be an innovative employee.

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One-to-One Coaching

If you’re a student or graduate our one-to-one coaching can help kick-start your career. Our coaching follows a six-stage process. Our professional coaches provide career advice and coaching to help you to achieve your full potential. We are experts in full career and interview coaching.

The Student Book & The Graduate Book: Get (& Thrive In) The Job You Really Want

Chris Davies is the author of The Student Book, All you need to know to get the job you really want and The Graduate Book, All you need to know to do really well at work. The Student book introduces the 9 Employability Skills, how and where to acquire, develop and prove you have these skills, how to create a CV that highlights your achievements and things to consider before and during an interview. The Graduate Book informs graduates of the steps they should take, and the techniques they should apply, to make a success of their first job.

Nail That Interview Course with Chris Davies

Nail That Interview Online Course will teach you everything you need for interview success! We have condensed our learning from over 20,000 hours of one-to-one coaching over 8 years to bring you this course. It is the next best thing to being personally coached by us.

8 steps to surviving office politics in your first graduate job

People often say they hate office politics and try to avoid it. This is silly, because they can’t. Here’s 8 things you can do to survive office politics in your first graduate job.

They can’t avoid it because politics exist wherever there are hierarchical structures, power, influences and people. To be fair, politics is really just another word for relationships but it describes the complex nature of the way we interact with each other at work much better than the word ‘relationships’.

At work we are keen to do a good job and to make a good impression in the eyes of those around us. If we didn’t we probably wouldn’t be in the job for very long. So politics is inevitable. The best we can do is to learn how to handle it the right way.

Number 1: Understand that politics doesn’t have to be dirty

The common face of politics is one characterised by backstabbing and self-serving people. That isn’t the only view. The other side is of people who have the best interests of the company at heart, even if they don’t agree with the next person.

Number 2: Be observant

If you want to progress at work – that is, want your ideas accepted, want support from your colleagues, to be recognised and accepted by your boss, and to rise up the career ladder – then you are going to have to learn how to understand the politics of your workplace.

So start by doing a bit of noticing of your own. When you join the company be observant so you can understand what gets people promoted, who makes the real decisions, who the opinion leaders and ideas people really are, and who the fence sitters and killjoys are.

Once you do this you will know who to learn from, who to avoid, who to help and who to ask for advice.

Number 3: Build good hierarchical relationships

The first person you need to please is your direct superior. You may not like the way your boss does things but it is unwise to criticise him or her and to behave as though you can do better, even if you believe you can. Your priorities should be your boss’s priorities. Ask what needs to be done and do it. Try not to disagree with him or her or if you do, frame your concerns or questions tactfully and never do it in public. Don’t go over people’s heads or say things that will make them look bad. Try to remain loyal to those who can help you most.

Number 4: Build good horizontal relationships

You need people on your side so you need to make good alliances. The best way to do this is to help other people. Be genuine in learning about who your colleagues are. What they like and don’t like, what they need and don’t need, then help them to get it. Understand their jobs and do whatever you can to help them to look good as they do it. Don’t steal their ideas and always give them the limelight that is due to them.

Number 5: Be subtle

Trying to win a promotion for yourself or support for your projects by stepping all over other people or by bullying or bludgeoning your ideas through a meeting is the wrong way to go about developing a helpful reputation for yourself. It is much better to be subtle, to present your ideas openly and to ask people for their support.

Number 6: Know how to negotiate

You can’t always have everything your way so you need to learn how to negotiate. Negotiating includes knowing when to compromise and when to hold out. You need to look for an outcome where both sides win.

Number 7: Say only good things, or shut up!

Rumours and gossip are inevitable. And research says that much of it is true! In essence rumours and gossiping are really the presence of a company’s informal communication channel. It’s their grapevine, and there is often much that is useful that you can learn from it. Turn gossip into something positive by turning the conversation around to something good. Speak only for yourself, not for other people. Resist repeating rumours and if you do disseminate facts try to avoid references to the sources. Be very careful with details that can destroy the credibility or career of a colleague.

Number 8: Work hard

Working hard brings results and results speak for themselves. Making a good impression is important when it comes to building strong and secure relationships at work and to getting ahead. The best way to do this is still to work hard at your job and to get your work done. If not, you will eventually get found out to be nothing but a nice sounding but empty clanging cymbal.

Together, these steps can help you survive office politics in you first graduate job. Good luck!

How we help

One-to-One Coaching: Stage 6

If you’re a student or graduate looking for help, stage six of our one-to-one coaching: Job coaching and Mentoring includes mentoring to ensure excellent job performance, handling the office environment and how to build your network.

The Student Book & The Graduate Book: Get (& Thrive In) The Job You Really Want

Chris Davies is the author of The Student Book, All you need to know to get the job you really want and The Graduate Book, All you need to know to do really well at work. The Graduate Book informs graduates of the steps they should take, and the techniques they should apply, to make a success of their first job, see Chapter 6: The Sixth Key: Learn to be Resilient and Chapter 7: The Seventh Key: Build Networks and Make Friends.