Post # 1
I could really use the help of the hive mind.
My fiance left a phd program last year. There were a lot of reasons, but basically he’d gone through SEVERE depression for several years that really undermined his ability to do his dissertation. (He’s doing much better now, and could be a great employee. He is wicket smart, has a great analytical mind, and is an excellent writer.) He still has a masters in history from an Ivy League school, but he got it almost 8 years ago and hasn’t done anything except TA for college classes while semi-working on the dissertation.
So now he’s unemployed, and has no idea what to do except that he does NOT want to teach history at any level. He tried going to the career services people at his school, but they were super unhelpful and made him feel like he’d never be able to a decent job again.
Have any of you ever used professional career coaching/counseling services? Are they worth it, or a rip off?
Post # 3
I have never used one, but I am in HR so I have coached some employees to see what direction they want to go into in regards to a career.
I think its best for him to ask himself what does he want to do? what makes him happy? what does he see himself doing? Does he have a hobby or intereest? A career coach may be helpful by guiding him in a particular direction, but he needs to take a serious look at what he wants for himself.
I also would suggest him to go onto job boards to take a look at what is out there. A particular job that he hasn’t thought of might peek his interest after reading the job description. If he isn’t qualified for something that interests him at least he has a direction and can seek training for that position. Hope it helps!
Post # 4
Are there any job fairs coming around any time soon? Might be a good idea for him to be able to find something that peaks his interest. Unfortunately, not much can be done with a history degree.
Post # 5
@Mrs.L: Thank you! He has done SO much thinking about it, but it’s been hard to figure out how to translate his interests/hobbies into a career path. And he finds the jobs boards totally overwhelming – that’s one reason I thought maybe a counselor could help with the process. Part of the problem is that neither of us really know how one goes about finding a “normal” (i.e. non-academic) job at a company, or what kinds of jobs there are that could use someone with his skills (strong writing and analytical skills).
I’m a phd student myself, so I’m no use at all. And dammit, I like being able to fix things! lol.
Post # 6
Job boards like Careerbuilder or Monster have categories you can search or just search by zip code. He can get an idea of the type of jobs available in your area.
Also, you can contact headhunters or companies who place temp workers (ex – contemporary staffing) …he could temp in different positions to get a feel for corporate life ( or life other then academic).