​​​​Bridging the Gap from College to the Real World

Service Area: First Job & Career Coaching for college students are available in Northern New Jersey, greater NYC area and in the tristate metropolitan areas - NY, NJ, CT.

Next Great Step provides a structured approach career coaching for college students to help achieve that first internship or job. Our simple techniques guide students and graduates to focus making a career transition to the real world.

First Job & Career Coaching for Students: Ace the Hiring Interview 


Defining Success
First, we will take a look at what you have achieved so far and what may be holding you back. We explore what success looks like for you and set goals to help you get there. We discuss the stakeholders in your life (the people who have an interest in your success) and how they impact your decisions.

4 Questions of Strategy
We will create your personal strategy that answers the following four questions:

1.  What skills am I selling to a hiring manager?

2.  Who am I selling my skills to? What geography, industry, field of interest, do I want to focus on?

3.  Why is a company hiring for this position? Understanding the company need.

4.  Why will someone hire me over someone else? Competitive advantage.

During this phase, we may discover untapped strengths, unrealized resources, and a greater appreciation of all that you have available to help you on your path.

Benefits and Value
Next, we will explore how you can best articulate your value to others. By value, we mean how you can express the benefit you have to offer an employer that is greater than the cost for them to hire you. This will help guide you to focus on what you are trying to achieve. We explain the concept of “targeting” and how to really focus on those things that you are most competent and most passionate about.

And then we will develop and implement a plan to get from here to there. We discuss in detail about how to plan ahead for an interview or networking opportunity. We practice the concept of the 3A’s – Actions, Attitudes and Answers to help you execute your plan for your next interaction. We polish your Social Media profile and resume content. We collaborate on milestones and goals and a timeline to achieve them. And then we will set you on the path for success.