Let’s Talk About: Career Coaching (what it is and why it’s important)

Since you arrived on campus no matter which year, you have been introduced to the Knowlton Center in one way or another. Much of the messaging from the center is convincing you to make an appointment with a career coach. Here we break it down in to the top 5 reasons you should meet with a career coach.

Reason #5

No one can help you with your career planning if no one knows what you need help with.

Reason #4

There are no shortcuts to career exploration and preparation, but you can waste a lot of valuable time. Meeting with a coach will allow you to develop your specific action plan.

Reason #3

The more you get to know us, the more you will know what is happening in our office, you will learn how to write résumés and cover letters that tell a cohesive and interesting narrative about you.

Reason #2

You will learn about all the incredible resources Denison provides you that other universities may not.

And finally…

Reason #1

We are welcoming, friendly, and easy to talk to! You don’t even have to know what you want to do after graduation; we can help you narrow your choices in a number of different ways.

Still unsure if you should meet with a career coach? Here are 10 questions to ask yourself.

  1. Do you know how to write a résumé and cover letter?
  2. Is your  LinkedIn profile updated?
  3. Do you know how to properly respond to the “tell me about yourself” question in less than two minutes without looking like a deer caught in headlights?
  4. Do you know how to best use Knowlton Connect?
  5. Are you confident in your interviewing ability?
  6. Do you know how to use LinkedIn and Wisr to conduct informational interviews with Denison alumni?
  7. Do you know what an informational interview is and why you should be conducting them?
  8. Do you know your summer or post-Denison plans?
  9. Are you aware that the Denison Internship Program provides stipend funding to help offset some of the costs associated with taking an unpaid or low-paying internship?
  10. Do you know about the Global Internship Program?

If you answer “no” to any of these questions, you should meet with a career coach. Career coaching is a unique process for each student and as coaches, we will meet you wherever you are in the career exploration and preparation process to help you move forward. It’s never too early to get started!

By Michele Doran
Michele Doran Senior Associate Director, Career Exploration