From your first meeting with your clients, your goal is to help them find a good job and create a better life for themselves. But getting a job is only the first step, your clients need a clear career path and solid support in their new environment to retain their employment and build on their success. Here are some tips for helping your clients keep the job they worked so hard to get.
Advise your clients to plan beyond their immediate circumstances. You've probably already helped them achieve the goals of finishing their job training program and finding a job. Carry this over into this new phase in their lives by supporting them as they set long-term career goals. Maybe they want to buy a house or obtain a higher-level certification. They're less likely to get derailed if they have clearly defined goals.
Your clients already think of you as a mentor, so stay in the loop. If you remain close and check in regularly, you'll be able to guide them through any rough spots in their new job. Recognize the success they've already achieved and encourage them to stay the course. If they have logistical problems, you can also help them find community resources they can draw on.
You've played a big part in their success so far, so it's natural your clients will turn to you when they need help and support. When they feel discouraged, you can remind them how far they've come and what their long-term goals are.
One of the most important things you can do to help your clients learn how to stay at a job is to choose a program like MedCerts that has a robust career center. MedCerts takes the long view and trains students for lifetime careers, not just for the next job. The Career Center offers hours of content and webinars on career-building topics like resume writing, honing a job search, and creating a professional network.
Pairing students up with a career coach gives them a realistic idea of what they need to do to get and keep a good job. They'll have access to an extensive database of employment opportunities and will get help preparing for interviews.
Give your clients the best chance by helping them choose a job that suits their temperament and personality as well as their newly-acquired skills. If you know a client doesn't handle high-pressure situations well, encourage them to take the more laid-back job offer. Help your clients figure out what type of work will be most meaningful for them. All jobs have difficult days, but if they have found work that resonates with their values and beliefs, they're more likely to stick with it.
Your clients have already made great strides towards creating better lives for themselves with your help. They've proven they have what it takes to achieve their goals. By maintaining a connection and encouraging them to persevere after they've landed new jobs, you can set them on a course for long-term success.