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Parenthood has two big transitions, when our children arrive and when they leave. There has been a lot of social talk about recent graduates and the next steps these young adults will be taking as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.

A lot of parents are turning to social media, seeking advice on how to send their kids off to college successfully this fall. Whether students are moving far away or staying close to home to attend college, there are steps parents can take to make the transition easier and some of the advice given includes teaching your child how to do their own laundry, making sure they have basic banking skills and, for those kids heading off to college without a car, a good lesson on how to navigate public transportation. Watching your kids grow up and leave the nest can be difficult, but it’s all part of the process called parenting.

For recent college graduates looking for their career jobs, a local corporate executive posted on Nextdoor about his experience interviewing college graduates at a hiring event. According to his post, most of the graduates came in with great resumes, strong GPAs and exciting ambitions, but things went downhill quickly with the majority of the applicants when the actual interview took place. He noticed that the young people he interviewed had poor communication skills and did not make eye contact when answering his questions. He chalked it up to their excessive need to look down at a phone and texting their thoughts. He said most young adults he met with didn’t know how to have a real conversation in a live one-on-one setting. He suggested that parents make their children put away their electronic devices and prepare them for the real world that exists from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This involves the spoken word and interacting with real people who want to make eye contact. Their future can be bright if they can engage, show their personalities and communicate what is on their resumes using their voice. 

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