If you have a child who is out of college but floundering around, the first thing you need to do is discourage him from going to graduate school immediately to solve the problem. Even though the word on the street is that a master’s degree is the new bachelor’s degree, most young people need to figure out an initial career path and get some entry-level work experience before signing on for more student loan debt.
To understand this, step back and look at the career-planning process in general. Figure 1 shows you the career-planning cycle.
Any job search or career transition always begins at the same place—a self-assessment of the skills, interests, and values of the job seeker (at the left side of Figure 1). ...