The Path From Backpack to Briefcase: A Parent’s Guide

The Path From Backpack to Briefcase: A Parent’s Guide

Today families invest hundreds of thousandsof dollars in a college education. Do these dollars guarantee a successful career for your young adult? Not anymore. According to the Department of Labor, nearly 50% of college graduates have jobs that do not require a college degree. And it will remain that way for the foreseeable future. This is not the job market your parent’s knew— it’s tougher than ever. Even growth industries long thought to be a sure thing are streamlining talent to cut rising costs.
How do parents empower their students to take the right steps to secure their future? What can parents do to get them on the right path to career survival and prosperity?
Best selling author, award winning professor, and long-time HR executive, R. William Holland announces the publication of his latest book “The Path From Backpack to Briefcase: A Parent’s Guide” along with associated workshops, coaching programs, and webinars to help parents and their students become their own effective career counselors. “The number one concern for parents,” says Dr. Holland “is the inability of their college graduate to gain traction in the professional job market.”
Dr. Holland shares key skill development strategies that lead to breakthrough success. He shows parents and students how to integrate these strategies into tactics that support and help deliver outstanding job and career results.
Some of the topics Dr. Holland shares include:
The Parent/Student Partnership: Listening and talking
Timing: When is the best time to start the job hunt? How do you get started?
Skills: Does your student have the skills he/she needs to get placement in their field of choice? How should they go about developing the rights skills?
Networking: Have you and your student started a network of contacts to utilize when you or your child have completed their college education?
Charting: Charting steps to a successful career.
Boomerang Kids and Late bloomers: Do you know the secrets to managing these difficult issues?
Dr. Holland’s forthcoming book “The Path From Backpack to Briefcase: A Parent’s Guide” and supportive workshops, coaching programs and webinars compiles years of program results from studying today’s job market. It also includes observations as a long time human resources executive and conversations with parents, top CEOs and leading career counselors. The end results are rare and unusual insights into how to navigate the path to career survival and prosperity. He shows parents and students how to make college count. “It’s not so much what someone majors in as it is what they learn to do with whatever major they have,” says Dr. Holland.
About R. William Holland, PhD…
Bill Holland’s career has included significant value-added accomplishments as a scholar, athlete, award-winning educator, senior business executive and author.
As Executive Vice President at Right Management, Inc. (a global human resources consulting and career transition company with annual sales of 500M) he was responsible for 60 offices, three franchise territories and over 200M in annual revenue in the United States and Canada.
Bill was Chief Human Resources Officer at Meridian Bank, the University of Pennsylvania and the Business Process Outsourcing Division of Accenture. He led a globally dispersed staff responsible for employee transition and transformation on more than 200 outsourcing engagements on five continents. He also held senior HR positions at Chase Manhattan Bank, Charles Schwab and PepsiCo.
In 2006 Bill published the first of three books on career management Are There Any Good Jobs Left? Career Management in the Age of the Disposable Worker (Praeger). It was chosen by The Miami Herald and San Jose Mercury News as one of the top 10 business books written that year. His second book, Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy (AMACOM), was published in 2011. He became known as the Right Job Guy.
Bill attended Michigan State University on a football scholarship and received his PhD in political science. As a graduate teaching assistant at MSU’s distinguished James Madison College, Bill received the University’s first Excellence-in-Teaching award. He went on to become a member of the teaching and research faulty at the University of California, Riverside. He has served as a director on the boards of several organizations including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, United Professionals and The Pennsylvania Partnership for Children.
Bill has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including NPR’s Talk of the Nation, The Street, WHRO’s Hear Say and many others. He is a frequent speaker and presenter on the topic of navigating the job marketing and charting a successful career. Currently based in Williamsburg, Va. and works in the Washington, DC area, Dr. Holland is a frequent speaker a various colleges and schools throughout the area. For more information on Dr. Bill Holland’s presentations or a free consultation, visit http://www.frombackpacktobriefcase.com
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