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Students Define Career Goals Through Modern Guild's Online Mentoring
When recent Boston College graduate Matuesz Kaliski got the chance to take a course where he'd get feedback from mentors in his field and sharpen his interview skills to score a job in finance, the senior scopped up the opportunity. "(The program) put a practical application to what I was learning in class, which was much more theoretical," Kaliski said.
If you’re heading into college this fall, chances are it will take years and years to see a return on your educational investment. “But wait!” you say. “College is not just about getting a job and making money; it’s about discovering passions, learning to think critically and becoming an independent adult!”
While the numbers are discouraging, students who are encouraged to start thinking about life after college — before college even begins — can position themselves not for their parent’s basement, but for an independent life in a field that matches their interests and skills.
Here are five ways to make sure that your child is career-minded heading into and during college.
1. What does your startup do, what problem does it solve?
Modern Guild provides online career mentoring to college-bound and college-age students. Our goal is to address the fundamental disconnect between academic achievement and potential career success, and to help students not just find a job, but to identify the perfect career path for their passions and interests. This is a huge problem across the country, as more than half of graduates in the US under the age of 25 are unemployed or underemployed.
Q. You’ve just graduated from college and are entering a tough job market. What kind of interview preparation will help you stand out?
A. Research the company and the industry, says Adrien Fraise, founder of Modern Guild, which provides online career coaching to college students and high school seniors. “Know the major industry trends and news,” he says, and be able to talk about how they could affect the company.
With the cost of a college degree ranging from $60,000 for a state university to four times as much at some private schools, and the total student debt in the United States now topping credit card debt, student loans are familiar to most. “Tuition has increased twelve-fold in the past thirty years, average debt per graduate has tripled in twenty years, and more than fifty percent of college students are unable to find a job after graduation, with many more in jobs that don’t require the degree they paid for,” explains Adrien Fraise, founder and CEO of online career mentoring program Modern Guild. “This is unacceptable. Students and parents expect a return on their college investment. Students deserve more tangible, career-focused outcomes for themselves, and schools need to show students how to connect academics with careers.”
Five years since the financial crisis, New York City has blossomed into a startup magnet. (Please see related story, “Big Ideas in the Big Apple.”) Thanks to an influx of capital and entrepreneurial resources, the Big Apple has seen a rise of new ventures spanning a host of industries. Many have been born in the city’s accelerators and incubators. Still others have benefitted from New York’s tech-savvy labor pool. Here’s a look at some upstarts groomed in New York’s fast-paced business community.
New York City is continuing to make its mark in the startup community. In the last year, big-name companies spent $8.3 billion on mergers and acquisition deals in 100 New York-based startups, according to a recent report by PrivCo. That tally put New York right behind the heart of the tech industry, Silicon Valley, where 226 deals totaled $21.5 billion. After speaking with VCs and entrepreneurs, and scoping out AngelList, we selected 25 early stage startups that are generating a lot of buzz in the tech community.
Modern Guild offers college students and high school seniors an online career coaching program that features intensive career preparation courses taught by real-world professionals and trained coaches in online one-on-one settings. The site offers three services: (1) one-on-one mentoring from professional career coaches and industry professionals, (2) three different levels of career prep courses, and (3) an online platform over which all of the coaching and exercises take place.
modern guild, the online career coach for college and college-bound students, today announced the closing of a $500,000 seed round. This follows the modern guild's successful 100-student, 10-campus pilot program in December 2012, and the closing of its first open application period, during which it received close to 4,000 applications for just 50 available slots. modern guild addresses the fundamental disconnect between college academics and career education, one that results in students who are unprepared for life after graduation and employers who struggle to find highly engaged, perfectly suited talent for open positions.