Category:Ask the Coach

Below are the coach's responses to previous Ask the Coach questions. The coach responds to as many questions as possible and posts the responses to the blog for the benefit of everyone who follows TheCampusCareerCoach!


How Can I Better Utilize Recruiters to Land a Job?

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Grant K. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology asks: “In my experience, one of the best ways to get in touch with potential employers is to leverage professional recruiters. I have tried to find some on LinkedIn with very little success. I’ve tried different keywords but have not been able to find any. Do you have any suggestions?” Thanks for your question, Grant.  Targeting recruiters, both direct and third party recruiters, is a good idea and something you should include in your overall job search campaign.  However, remember that recruiters do not work exclusively for you so make sure … / Read more »




How can I learn more about internship opportunities in my field?

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Jenifer from California State University Los Angeles asked: “I am planning to major in communication disorders. How can I get in contact with someone to find out about internship opportunities or speak to about their experiences in that job field?” Jenifer, You asked a great question! Gaining experience and speaking with professionals in your field will put you in a positive position upon graduation. When I was a graduate student, I wanted to speak to as many higher education professionals as I could to learn about the field and the conversations were enlightening. My response outlines individuals and resources that … / Read more »




How Can I Steer an Employer’s Focus Off My Poor GPA During an Interview?

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Emmit from ITESM asks: “At the beginning of my college studies, I had some personal problems that affected my classroom performance.  As I approached graduation, I did well in my courses, but unfortunately, I have a poor cumulative GPA. How should I handle this situation on an interview?” Thanks for your question, Emmit.  This is not uncommon as I have heard this from a number of students who did not do well initially in college, but found their wings later on and finished strong.  Don’t let your GPA solely define who you are or let it determine the value that … / Read more »




Six Tips to Secure an Internship

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Betty from College of the Canyons asked: “I’m having a hard time finding an internship position. What’s my next step?” Hello Betty. As a student, you probably hear how important an internship can be to your job search success later. In fact, according to this article in the Atlantic, “The Thing Employers Look for When Hiring Recent Graduates” the most important elements in hiring a recent graduate were “experiences outside of academics: internships, jobs, volunteering, and extracurriculars.” So, finding and securing the right internship is really important and can create a lot of pressure on students. It may seem like an … / Read more »




How Can I Transition from Finance to Sonography While Finishing My Degree?

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Anthony from Tacoma Community College asks: “I am a financial manager that recently went back to college to pursue a technical degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. I just completed my EMT Basic certificate and want to gain experience in the medical field to acquire patient care hours. What is the best way to transition out of banking and into the healthcare industry, but still be able to continue my education and financially survive?” Thanks for your question, Anthony.  Congratulations on completing your EMT basic certification.  This is a great step forward towards both your technical degree in diagnostic medical sonography … / Read more »