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Troy Stirman, Career Coach

Posted in Career,Change,Coaching,Generation Y,Leadership by treyfinley1008 on May 24, 2010
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I met Troy Stirman recently at an Abilene Christian University alumni luncheon in north Dallas. I enjoy observing and commenting on the challenges Millennials face as they enter the workplace.  Troy lives in those challenges, coaching college graduates to prepare, enter, and thrive in the early years of their career. I’ll be posting snippets of an email interview I conducted with Troy throughout the week.  Here’s a taste of his perspective on this season in our economy’s workplace:

For the first time in nearly 20 years, America is experiencing an explosive growth rate of new undergraduates entering the marketplace while at the same time enduring a struggling economy that has seen a sustained 10% unemployment rate. Today’s undergraduates are vying for entry-level positions alongside both educated and experienced candidates who may have experienced a layoff.  This puts tremendous pressure on today’s undergraduate students.

If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know that I think my generation–Gen X–can be for Gen Y what we wish Boomers had been for us in our careers.  n that vein, I hope that these interviews with Troy will be helpful to Millennials who are looking for a job or to those who know a Millennial who is.  More about Troy:

Troy is a businessman with 20+ years of career experience that includes marketing/sales, professional development/fundraising, professional writing and business coaching.  He currently holds the Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) credential.  In addition to being the career coach for 900+ business and technology undergraduates for Abilene Christian University’s College of Business Administration, he is also a small business owner who assists clients from around the world with their professional writing needs.  His website is:


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  1. there are professional career coaches out there that charges a small fee ‘:*

  2. […] final piece of the puzzle today is the person. We’ve reviewed the pressure-packed job market.  Troy described the prime directive of Millennials entering the workforce: work/life balance.  […]

  3. Rhonda Peterson said,

    Good post on the world welcoming (or not) today’s grads. As a boomer who graduated from college in 1980, the struggle to find that first job is very familiar to me. Whether a boomer (me) or Gen X-er (you), I believe it is our responsibility to encourage those graduating now to hang on to their dreams. Even if they have to take a position outside their field right now, in the future, the career they want to pursue will open up. My words to those in my circle of influence are, “Don’t give up the dream; realize it might not start like you expected, but that doesn’t mean it won’t become what you expected as your life unfolds.”

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