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This book shows how any college student can land the position they want by creating relationships with professionals in the industries they’re interested in by using the author’s proven Career Launch Method.
Did you know only 20 percent of jobs and internships are posted online? This means 80 percent of positions are filled in what Sean O’Keefe and others calls the hidden job market. This book will teach you how to tap into that 80 percent!
O'Keefe, in partnership with the Career Leadership Collective, is now sharing his proven eight-step Career Launch Method that will help any student explore career options and land the internships and jobs they want by creating professional relationships from scratch. This book demystifies the concept of intentional, proactive relationship building by teaching all the practical microsteps needed to succeed. And O’Keefe teaches readers how to "play the student card," turning inexperience and eagerness to learn into a powerful advantage.
Launch Your Career features first-person stories of students from all backgrounds and programs of study who have used the Career Launch Method to earn jobs or internships at all types of companies, nonprofits, government agencies, social enterprises, and institutions across the country and around the world.
The book includes the Career Launch Readiness Assessment, which helps students evaluate their competency in five key areas. This book will become a go-to resource for students looking to find internships and jobs, as well as a needed tool for colleges looking to increase retention rates and student's return on investment.
About the Author
Sean O’Keefe is the founder, partner, and chief impact officer for Career Launch, a social enterprise that partners with colleges and career programs to scale the skill set for launching a holistic job or internship search. Sean is a former community college student who is now an award-winning professor of career and professional development courses at Santa Clara University.
“Our community college students have used the Career Launch Method for years, and now students from all over the world can benefit from Sean’s step-by-step framework.”
—Raine Hambly, Director of Career and Technical Education, North Orange County Community College District
“Sean has put together a proven formula that will help any students anywhere advance their career prospects, regardless of their background or connections.”
—Stephen Torres, Industry Fellow and Faculty, University of California, Berkeley
“Sean O’Keefe understands the needs of today’s diverse student body—their feelings, doubts, and eagerness. Launch Your Career delivers a kind of straight talk that will minimize your fears, prepare you to step out of your comfort zone, and propel you to start taking action.“
—La’Tonya Rease Miles, PhD, Dean of Student Affairs, Menlo College