Why 'Coaching'?

The university and college experience is very structured and organized, with clear schedules, deliverables, assessment processes, and professor-driven deadlines given to you. The world of work outside of the univerity and college setting is a very different context. Priorities are often unclear, unstructured, and with multiple, sometimes moving deadlines and targets. You are responsible for not only navigating this very different reality, but also for organizing yourself within it. The gap between the university context and the modern career context is often a big one to leap across for new university graduates.

Professional career development coaching can help you safely and confidently leap across this gap as you launch into the work and independent lifestyle you want.


We guide clients through three key transitions to success:

  1. Aligning your focus with that of employers and the problems they need solutions for.

  2. Presenting a clear, confident, and strong self to the professional world.

  3. Practicing key skills required for today's ultra-fast-paced, technical workplace.

We don't tell you what you should do. We show you how to do it.

Why the grad "stumble"?

Universities and colleges do a great job of educating their students. However, "education" is not the same as preparing for the real world. The experience in a university or college is very different from the real world and does not promote the learning of many of the skills, attitudes, and abilities young adults needs to succeed on their own in the work world. Further, some key life experiences are missing, such as those that build resilience. If you always get decent grades on papers, exams, and courses, when you do learn how to get back on your feet when something doesn't work out?

This "gap" is where the "stumble" happens for graduates of universities and colleges today.

Why young adults stumble (and sometime fall) after graduation

There are many reasons the transition from university to the "real" world can be a big challenge for university and college graduates. Here is a contrast between university and the real world that highlights how big the gap is:

University is not the same as the real world!
  • Certainty. University is certain. Programs have required courses to take with nice clear course outlines. You know months in advance what your daily class schedule will be. The "real" world of work and life can be jarringly uncertain.

  • Uncertainty. University provides safe uncertainty, such as a new course, which has a course outline and grading scheme to make this uncertainty feel safe. The real world can provide often surprising and unsafe uncertainty - with no instruction book to go along with it. Change happens daily in the real world, not everyone plays by the same rules, and adult responsibilities have sometimes upsetting implications (like having to balance one's personal budget every month).

  • Significance. University gives you regular hits of a drug that feeds your need for feeling significant: Grades. The real world gives you feedback, too. Unfortunately, 90% of it is negative. Positive external feedback is hard to come by. You can rapidly start to feel insignificant if grades were central to how you received feedback and assessed yourself in university.

  • Friends. University gives you a peer group and friends, so you felt connected and even possibly loved. The real world is one of scattered associations with people, an uncertain peer group, and friends?

    "Who are my peer friends now in this uncertain workplace and life I find myself in? My university life made all this clear to me! I was a student, with other students, all working to a common goal, and in a clear and understandable social environment."

  • The transition between university and the real world is really significant!
  • Growth. University delivers the feelings of always growing because you are continually learning new things. Growth in the real world?

    "I feel like I am regressing, not growing! People in the workplace aren't hopeful, learning, and excited. They are worried about their kids, trying to pay their bills, trying to please customers, and struggling with life's challenges. Not very inspiring!"

  • Hope. When you are in university you feel like you were going to contribute to making the world a better place. You have hope. The real world sometimes feels like a proverbial hamster wheel of responsibilities, repetition, and being part of the world's problems rather than of its solutions. Working in a job without a clear path forward can feel hopeless in contrast to the "rich" and hopeful context of a university.

The Transitions Model - Our Approach

We see the time between when a young adult graduates and when they are in a successful career and sustainable lifestyle as one of "transition" and "transformation". From our decades of experience has come our proprietary career development Transitions Model. We use it as a starting point and guide to map out the readiness for success in today's rapidly evolving world of work and readiness for a sustainable lifestyle.

And this is why we coach young adults: because each of our clients is a unique person and generates a unique map. Rather than another "course" or "workshop" that only adds minor incremental value, we offer customized, individual coaching that provides the guidance, confidence, and support young adults need in order to have the courage to transform into the person they need to be next.

Career Coaching for Graduates

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