Welcome to TheCampusCareerCoach.com – a service of CSO Research Inc.
This blog provides career advising and coaching resources and information to benefit the students of CSO’s 600+ client colleges and universities across the US and around the world.
Content is provided primarily by me – Matt Berndt, CSO’s Director of Communication & Career Services with additional content provided by Mason Gates, CSO’s Director of Employer Engagement, and other of our colleagues at CSO and friends in career services and recruiting.
I have been described as a “career evangelist“ because of my passion for helping college students proactively explore their career options and pursue careers paths that match their skills, interests, goals and aspirations.
My philosophy of career planning and management is simple:
Life is short. Work somewhere awesome!
Yes, I know that “working somewhere awesome” is not easy to achieve. Why is that? Well . . .
Consider this:According the the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of us will have more than 10 jobs over the course of our careers.
And this:Many of the jobs and careers that will drive economic development in the future don’t even exist yet. Remember, social media didn’t exist ten years ago!
Kind of makes the whole “what am I going to do with the rest of my life?” question college students ask sound a little bit silly, don’t you think.
See, it’s not about about knowing what you are going to do with the rest of your life RIGHT NOW.
It’s about learning how to navigate your career journey through its unavoidable changes, peaks, and valleys in a way that will allow you to live the life you want to live, meet your obligations, and make decisions according to your personal and professional priorities.
The content of this blog – and my philosophy in general – is centered on helping college students explore their options and navigate their career paths from the minute the step on campus for the first time to long after they graduate and progress through their careers, because no one else will do this for them.
You may not always agree with the advice and commentary I offer.
That’s okay! There is not one specific career planning and management “recipe” that will work for everyone.
My goal with this blog to to get students thinking about how they can best use their skills, gifts, talents, education, resources and relationships to forge a work life that suits them well and meets their wants and needs.
Welcome aboard – put on your seat belt – enjoy the ride!