A.J. Eckstein lived his school dream: he secured a number of internships with Fortune 500 firms and had a coveted post-graduation job lined up with Accenture. When the coronavirus spiraled the financial system right into a downfall and unemployment charges skyrocketed, Eckstein’s plans fortunately stayed the identical.
However in that point, Eckstein seen lots of his friends didn’t have the identical fortune. Devoted to creating alternatives for college kids navigating the uncharted waters of job recruitment amid the pandemic, Eckstein began the Career Coaching Company in April. By resume constructing and behavioral teaching, Eckstein hopes to offer help for college kids in want. In simply the previous few weeks, he has already spent round 200 hours teaching college students in want.
After transferring to USC as a sophomore, Eckstein graduated in Could with a level in enterprise administration and had put up graduate alternatives that he stated he’s extraordinarily grateful for.
“I felt very lucky after I graduated to nonetheless have a full-time job ready for me,” Eckstein stated. “Once I graduated I actually wished to pay it ahead a number of months earlier than I began my full time job.”
In an effort to offer again on his success at USC and within the recruiting course of, Eckstein began the Profession Teaching Firm with fellow Trojan graduates Pablo Alvarez, who serves as director of operations, and Elise Hernandez, the corporate’s advertising and marketing director.
The Profession Teaching Firm makes use of a one-to-one teaching mannequin to assist undergraduate college students whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus navigate the recruitment course of on-line. Eckstein stated his background in consulting together with Alvarez and Hernandez’s information of funding banking and industrial actual property, respectively, assist the corporate work with a broader vary of job seekers.
“These are the three most wanted industries,” Eckstein stated. “We got here collectively and we actually wished to determine one of the best ways to assist as many college students who’ve been impacted by COVID, whether or not it was internships rescinded [or] jobs rescinded.”
The corporate started with solely Trojan alumni as profession coaches, however Eckstein stated he realized that college students outdoors the realm of USC additionally wanted assist discovering jobs in an financial downturn.
“Somebody who has been by the [recruiting] course of already and who might help somebody attempt to get to the place they wish to be is extraordinarily priceless,” Eckstein stated. “To actually break into these very aggressive industries, to get into firms just like the McKinsey’s of the world or the Goldman Sachs’, you actually have to search out the information and methods to interrupt into them, and that’s what our coaches and myself actually present.”
Now with 10 coaches on the crew, the Profession Teaching Firm closely makes use of its Linkedin to market itself. After a pupil reaches out to the service, Eckstein pairs the coed with a coach that may finest assist them attain their targets of working for Fortune 500 firms or profitable consulting firms.
Kevin Rodriguez, a current UNC Chapel Hill graduate, joined the crew as a coach after Eckstein reached out to him by way of LinkedIn.
Whereas Rodriguez has solely been working for the Profession Teaching Firm for the previous three weeks, he stated he already feels as if he made a distinction for at the very least one in every of his college students, who felt unqualified to enter the job market.
Rodriguez stated he helped edit the coed’s resume and noticed a change nearly instantly.
“Seeing their confidence shoot up after one session … was positively actually significant and rewarding,” Rodriquez stated. “I’m nonetheless working with that particular person to get them to a spot the place they will confidently apply.”
Maria Wharton, a senior majoring in worldwide relations world enterprise, discovered the Profession Teaching Firm by LinkedIn and one in every of her friends who’s a coach with the corporate. After a brief name with Eckstein discussing her private targets, strengths and weaknesses, Wharton scheduled 10 periods with the corporate and stated she hopes she will be able to create a plan to attain her private targets of engaged on real-world enterprise progress options, enterprise know-how integration and threat evaluation.
With recruitment season approaching and the continued coronavirus pandemic nonetheless affecting job searching efforts, Wharton admitted she was uncertain on the way to apply for jobs.
“I’ve had lots of firms e-mail again saying they’re not recruiting for full-time positions proper now,” Wharton stated. “I positively suppose [finding jobs will be through] both an alumni connection, a USC connection … I positively suppose, as a result of the pool is smaller, there’s much less alternative.”
Whatever the restricted positions, Wharton stated that Eckstein’s easygoing and assured angle helped in her job hunt.
“I really feel like I gained information and instruments that I personally can tailor,” Wharton stated. “I believe general, one, giving me confidence and two, the abilities and instruments to know what to do [and] the place to look so I’m not simply asking for assist each step of the best way. I can form of gauge myself and ask for general help. I believe confidence was my predominant factor I bought from the profession teaching providers.”
Eckstein stated he and his crew have already made essential impressions on varied college students going by recruitment processes inside USC and past.
“There may be actually nobody there to assist the coed, maintain their hand and stroll them by precisely the most effective practices and methods and suggestions and methods,” Eckstein stated. “We wish to share our story and practices of breaking into these very aggressive industries and getting nice positions and jobs by serving to as many college students [as possible].”