May 9: Helping the Graduate

If your child is a recent college graduate, watching him or her struggle to find a job can be frustrating.  But there are some positive things parents can do to help.

▪ Look for internships. Such an opportunity can lead to full-time employment.

▪ Stay location-flexible. Seek out options in less popular locations—rural, remote or even Third World spots.

▪ No blank checks. Think carefully before offering financial assistance. If you do, make it related to job-seeking, such as for interview clothes. If you do grant a loan, spell out the specifics, including the provisions for paying it back.

▪ Cast a wide net. Broaden your child’s sights to consider all job offerings—not just high-paying ones that are exceedingly scarce.

Your greatest contribution to the process is, of course, your loving presence as they walk this new path in life’s journey.

The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.  (Proverbs 16:9)

May all I do this day, Lord, help others to know and love You.

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