How Do I Guide My New Grad to Land a Job?

How Do I Guide My New Grad to Land a Job?

The celebrations, the speeches, the excitement…that is the best part of enjoying college graduation. They come home, unload a ridiculous amount of stuff, and need a well-deserved break from the stress of school, exams, and dealing with the pandemic for the last few...
Before They Graduate College, Make Sure They Do These 3 Things

Before They Graduate College, Make Sure They Do These 3 Things

Your young adult spent FOUR (or more) years at college. In the excitement of end-of-year planning, DON’T let them leave empty-handed! Be sure they do these 3 things before they leave campus:  Ask professors for References! Grad schools or jobs may require a reference...
7 Years of Launching Grads

7 Years of Launching Grads

Seven years ago in April of 2015, I launched Next Great Step. As I reflect on this business and its trajectory, I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished during this time. I started at ZERO…. no outside funding, no business plan, (I probably should not admit...
4 Mistakes Grads are Making in the Job Interview

4 Mistakes Grads are Making in the Job Interview

“My son is a great job candidate! He went to a good school and is graduating with a strong GPA. He has gone on over 30 interviews for entry-level jobs. But somehow, he is not progressing to the next round. He says he is prepared, but I have no idea what he is really...
How Did I Know?

How Did I Know?

My son just started his second college semester of freshman year. In the second week of classes, a professor asked him for a copy of his resume for a class assignment. How ironic. The ONE thing I told him to work on over winter break was his resume. I’m sure it’s not...
Do College Students Really Need an Internship?

Do College Students Really Need an Internship?

A mom reached out that her daughter, Emma, is in a tailspin. She’s a junior at a competitive university and she is convinced that “everyone” has an amazing internship set up for the summer, and she has to get one in order to position herself for a job after...
College Students: How 20 Minutes Can Jump Start Your Career

College Students: How 20 Minutes Can Jump Start Your Career

Happy New Year! It’s January – the month of new goals, resolutions, and advice on how to make improvements in your life. For most college students, it is the start of a new semester, and for many their final one before graduation. Unfortunately, the clock is...
Giving Thanks, Making Plans

Giving Thanks, Making Plans

It is the time of year to reflect, assess and plan for the year to come. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our clients and their families for putting their trust in Next Great Step to help launch their careers. It has been our honor and privilege to work...
5 Secrets to Landing an Internship or Job Out of College

5 Secrets to Landing an Internship or Job Out of College

This is the time of year when college Juniors and Seniors are focused on getting a summer internship or job after graduation. Campus recruiters may have come in the Fall to handpick a few candidates but many students are still looking for work. Common questions asked...
College Grad Career Mistakes:  The Fix to Get a Job

College Grad Career Mistakes:  The Fix to Get a Job

The fall is upon us and this is the season of stress for recent grads who still have not found a job. While some grads may have decided to take the summer off and are finally focused on the search, others have been actively pursuing opportunities without success. In...