Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Youth Career Coach Inc. *Career Panel at St. John's Church

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Awesome Quick Student Vision Board

Friday, October 15, 2010

This Sunday 10/17 Tascha on ABC Channel 5 CityLine *NOON*


THIS Sunday 10/17 at Noon on ABC Channel 5 check out your ‘Career Coach’ me!


Grateful for the opportunity to be interview by Karen Holmes Ward of CITY LINE.


The show topic: ‘Looking Good, Feeling Good’.


Also, interviewed is dynamic, super-model Diane Capozzi.

In addition learn where all the Boston local beauty hotspots are that specialize in chic haircuts, massages, and all the latest beauty services to keep you looking your best.


TV Show Website:



Thursday, September 30, 2010


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: JP Morgan Launching Leaders Undergraduate Scholarship. Scholarship winners receive a spot in the 2011 Summer Analyst internship program and this scholarship awards up to $15,000 that's paid directly to you apply by 10/15/10 for further information visit

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ON AIR GEN-Y Blog Talk Radio!!!

will be live on GEN-Y Blog Talk Radio, TODAY, Tuesday, 9/21 at 7pm. GEN-Y is a featured show by Blog Talk Radio. GEN-Y radio is a platform for the youth to be heard and issues to be both acknowledged & addressed without judgment.

Call in # is: 914-803-4174

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The 21 Things Every First Year College Student Should Do

The 21 Things Every First Year College Student Should Do
Reprinted with permission by The Princeton Review.
Source: The 2010 High School Graduate

1) Establish a study schedule

Your first year of college promises to be a busy one, so make sure to set aside at least a couple of hours each day for homework. Getting into a study routine early on will help you meet the academic challenges of college and make effective use of your time. Sure, the first few weeks of college are exciting, a time to meet someone and see new places, but you also need to realize that this is not a long vacation. You need to set a routine and stick with it.

2) Experiment with a variety of classes

College is not only a time to learn, but also a time to explore. So don’t be afraid to take a class in a subject you have never studied before. Look at college as an opportunity to expand your knowledge and your interests. Many students remember and appreciate the things they learned in offbeat classes.

3) Learn major prerequisites and requirements

Whether you’ve chosen a major or not, you’ll need to learn what pre-requisites are necessary to declare a major in a particular subject, and then what classes are needed to complete that major. Even in your first semester, it’s never too early to start fulfilling major prerequisites or requirements.

4) Find out when you have to declare a major

Chances are, you won’t have to declare your major until you’re in your second or third year of school. However, some majors, such as engineering, may require a student to declare by the first semester or by the end of the first year. Also, some schools require that athletes or students involved in other special activities declare early. In any case, know what your school requires.

5) Learn graduation requirements

Just like in high school, most colleges require all students to complete certain classes in order to graduate. These college-wide requirements usually consist of a combination of classes in English, mathematics, language, science, and social science. Learn what classes you need to take in order to graduate, and plan, over the course of your college career, when you will satisfy those requirements.

6) Meet with an advisor

A catalog of courses will tell you what the prerequisites and requirements are for a certain major, and requirements you must satisfy in order to graduate. But if you have a question not answered by the catalog, or just want a little guidance with regard to choosing a major, talk with an advisor.

7) Meet your instructors

Take the opportunity to meet your instructors and visit with them during office hours. You will invariably learn something about the instructor and gain new information on their subject. Hopefully, you’ll make a new friend. In addition, you may need a letter of recommendation or a reference from a college instructor some day, and knowing them will certainly help you when you go to ask.

8) Take time to socialize

Making friends is one the best things about college, so take time to socialize and meet new people. If you are shy, try joining a club, or ask some other people in your class to study one evening over coffee.

9) Check out the Greek system

They might not be for everyone, but fraternities and sororities are yet another place to make new acquaintances. In fact most Greeks will tell you that their friends are the best thing about being involved. After checking out the Greek scene, you might want to join, or you might decide that going Greek is just not right for you. But you’ll never know unless you give it a look.

10) Find out what student activities your school has to offer

Whether you like to pass your spare time playing chess, or taking photographs, or sailing, chances are your college probably has a club that matches your interests. In addition, most college gymnasiums also sponsor a variety of intramural sports. Intramural sports teams are typically coed and range in skill level. Intramural sports are a great way to stay fit and meet new people.

11) Know your campus and the resources it has to offer

Become well-acquainted with your campus and its resources, such as the gym, the library, computer facilities, and so on. Avail yourself of all your school has to offer. After all, you’d hate to find yourself writing a paper late at night, have your printer fail, and not know where to go in order to get everything printed in time for your 8 a.m. class.

12) Keep an eye out for limited campus engagements

You never know who or what might pop up at a college campus. A band, a famous visiting lecturer, a dance performance, or a rare art exhibit may be coming to your school soon. Colleges are a mecca of academic and cultural activity.

13) Explore beyond campus

Familiarize yourself with the city you live in and the resources it has to offer. This is your new home, after all, and if anyone ever visits you, they’ll want to see more than the campus dining hall.

14) Be aware of safety hazards on campus and in town

Learn from campus police or from your local city police station which areas to avoid on campus and in town. Learn where most crime takes place and what the most common types of crime are in your area. Furthermore, post emergency numbers beside your phone and always carry identification.

15) Learn all about financial aid

Financial aid is an ongoing process, so you’ll need to know what forms to fill out to apply for financial aid, what scholarships you are eligible for, when financial aid checks are disbursed, and filing deadlines.

Also, make sure you thoroughly understand the terms and conditions of taking out loan money and your repayment obligation. It is amazing how many students get in financial trouble after college because they didn’t realize how much money they were borrowing and when it needed to be repaid.

16) Get a checking account and apply for a credit card

A checking account is a must for just about everyone. Set one up if you don’t already have an account. And, as a safety measure, apply for a credit card, even if you have no intention of ever using it. You never know when you’ll face an unexpected emergency where you need money fast.

17) Set up a monthly budget

A simple monthly budget will keep you from overspending, and will make paying bills so much easier. Allocate yourself a weekly allowance after bills and stick to it, and remember that the little things add up fast.

18) Look into housing options for the following year

If housing is hard to come by where you go to school, start hunting for housing by the second semester of your first year.

19) Explore internship opportunities

If you feel your academic schedule can handle it, think about applying for an internship in a field that interests you. An internship can help you choose a major and a prospective career, in addition to giving you valuable contacts and real-world experience.

20) Balance work and play

All work and no play is a sure recipe for unhappiness but so is all play and no work. It all catches up to you eventually. Learn to balance school work with a healthy social life. Try to set aside some time each day to rest and relax.

21) Start planning for life after college

What do you want to get out of college? What do you want to do after college? How will you achieve your goals? Ask yourself these questions and see if you can’t come up with a rough plan to achieve your goals for the next few years.

Reprinted with permission by The Princeton Review.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Gates Millennium Scholar Program

The Gates Millennium Scholar Program

2011 Scholarship Application is Now Available

The 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship application is now available. GMS will select 1,000 talented students to receive good through graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support through their college career.

Our program is more than a scholarship—it’s an opportunity to change your life! Putting in the effort now to apply can be a worthwhile experience for super special students like you! Just ask Deonte Bridges how much the GMS scholarship means to him.

To start your application, simply click on any of the links labeled GMS Application. Please take the time to read all of the eligibility criteria and instructions before beginning your application. Click below on "read more" to continue the list of eligibility criteria on the next page.

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:

•Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
•Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
•Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED

The Gates Millennium Scholar Program CLICK HERE

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Salary Gap! (Mom's vs. Non-Mom's)

The Salary Gap

  • A new study finds that mothers earn less than other employees.


  • Women with children are 44% less likely to be hired than women without children.


  • Women without children make 11k more than women with children.


  • Women without children make 90cents to a man’s dollar and women with children make 73cents to a man’s dollar.




Monday, August 16, 2010


The Youth Career Coach Inc. is proud to announce a brand new Social Media Coaching Package in PARTERNSHIP WITH Keith Keller of The Social Media Money Tree!!

Social Media the new method in building your brand!

Need a job? Do the right people know you

Learn how to get noticed using Social Media.

Learn the details, receive one on one help and gain answers to your questions with this powerful Social Media package (focused on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs etc.

SESSIONS CAN BE designed based on moderator. However, Twitter is run separately for its varied intricacies and LinkedIn & Facebook are taught together.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Debt, Credit Lessons for College Students

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Debt, Credit Lessons for College Students
By Bill Hardekopf

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's almost time for your high school graduate to leave for college. Talking with your son or daughter about budgets, credit cards and the dangers of debt should be part of the preparation in sending them off into a life on their own.

Credit cards represent freedom and independence for college students, especially that first year when living away from home is new and exciting. The more they understand about the correct use of credit and its consequences, the more responsibly they can handle it. Money management is not a skill they should learn from their friends or by making mistakes.

What has changed? As of Feb. 22, the CARD Act began limiting credit options for students under age 21. While the regulations protect students from aggressive credit card marketing on campus, the law also restricts credit availability for students. If you are under 21 and want to open a credit card account, you will need to show you are financially able to make payments, or you will need a co-signer.


Debt, Credit Lessons for College Students

Tuesday, August 10, 2010



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•Great reads for ages 12 and up

Kids Reading List (click here)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Testing savvy new ways to say: ‘Hey, look at me!’ - The Boston Globe

Testing savvy new ways to say: ‘Hey, look at me!’ - The Boston Globe

Testing savvy new ways to say: ‘Hey, look at me!’
Young entrepreneurs push marketing’s edge

Four young entrepreneurs — three recent college graduates and one student — own and run five businesses from a single office on Commonwealth Avenue. It’s an unconventional operation for any group of business owners, much less one where the average age is 21. This summer it got even odder: They started filming an online reality series about their day-to-day dealings as a way to draw attention to their companies.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

101st NAACP Annual Convention in Kansas City, MO!!

The Youth Career Coach Inc. attends the 101st NAACP Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, July 10th - July 15th, 2010


Boston Branch:

“We remain engaged in the fight to improve the quality of education-including in Louisiana, where the NAACP Branch President, has found children handcuffed to benches & left in the sun.We remain engaged in S.Carolina where boycotts continue, Arizona to invalidate the law ‘show me your papers’,in Maine where we won the right for Muslim women to wear headscarves in the state prisons.” NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SAT scores follow-you for life!!!!

PARENTS & STUDENTS: SAT scores follow-you for life!!!!

I’m sourcing for a job & it’s for seniors graduating college but who I invite is based off High School SAT Scores & College GPA. It's not for every industry but some! You can argue whether it’s fair, just or not. I have a diagnosed learning disability so I know the challenges of taking tests personally.



Summer arts workshops for Boston teens - last chance to apply!

Public high school students! Sign up for free arts and performance workshops at Urbano!
Urbano invites Boston-area public high school students to apply for our free summer arts and performance workshops in our studio and gallery space in the Jamaica Plain Brewery Building at Stony Brook on the Orange Line.


Free Summer 2010 Artists' Workshops include:

•Installation: Public Sculpture and Performance (Wednesdays, 1:00 – 8:00pm)

•Mixed-Media: Sculpture and Beyond (Tuesdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm)

•Arts in the City: Transforming Space Through Public Art (Wednesdays, 1:00 – 8:00pm)

•JazzMosis: an Intro to Jazz and Blues (Thursdays, 1:00 – 8:00pm)

•Performance Art: Exploring Self, Space, and Audience (Thursdays, 1:00 – 8:00pm)

•Acoustic Guitar: Theory and Recording (Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00pm)

•Creating Comics: The Graphic Narrative (Mondays, 1:00 – 8:00pm)

•Film Making and Special Effects (Tuesdays, 5:00 – 8:00pm)

Workshops such as Installation, Arts in the City, and Performance Art give teens a chance to create artwork and performances outdoors, exploring overlooked or neglected urban spaces and creating public art that will be seen by hundreds of people. Other classes like Mixed Media Sculpture and JazzMosis offer a chance for teens to explore their own creative visions, work with unusual materials, and try something you won’t find anywhere else. For all classes, beginners and more advanced students are encouraged to apply for a chance to work with professional artists, meet other teens from all over the city, create artwork for a major public exhibition, and have fun!

Questions or want more information? Contact URBANO at 617.983.1007 or email We are happy to visit high schools, libraries, community centers, and other organizations in your community to present Urbano's programming to interested teens. Please contact

***Urbano's Teen Curatorial Program and Artists Workshops are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Recovery and Redevelopment Act, an Anonymous Foundation, the Clipper Ship Foundation, The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, The Frank Reed and Margaret Jane Peters Memorial Fund, the Tomfohrde Foundation, the A.C. Ratshesky Foundation, Mount Washington Bank, Foley Hoag Foundation & individual contributions.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Massachusetts and Michigan CHAMPION SPORTS CLINIC/ CAMPS (AGES 6-18)

Registration Information
$99.99* for one athlete and $59.99 for the 2nd child from the same school or househould

Your Child Will Learn/Receive:
-Nutritional Advice for Optimal Performance
-Football Clinics geared towards NFL Style Combine Training
-Goal Setting, Teamwork, Self Confidence
-Opportunity to attend SAT Prep/Literary Arts Classes
-Reduced Nutritional Lunches

*Golf Clinic $175, all participants will receive their own set of Golf Clubs
Checks & Money Orders Payable: Precision Sports, P.O. Box 230598, Boston, MA 02123

Camp Locations
We have Champion Sports Clinic/Camp locations in Massachusetts and Michigan to best serve you. Our Massachusetts main location is Madison Park Track and Field, 75 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA. 02120.We offer various 4-5 day clinic/camps from 9:30am-3pm to accommodate you and your child's summer vacation.

For ages 12-18:July Clinics:
5th-9th Football, Soccer, Cheerleading
12th-16th Basketball

For ages 6-11: July Clinics:
12th-16th Football, Soccer, Cheerleading
26th-30th Basketball

All ages: August Clinics:
2nd-6th Golf, Football, Track

Contact Us
Enrollment is limited!!!
1-877-PSM-9242 or 774-359-5349


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Etiquette for Entertainers

Etiquette for Entertainers

By: Coach Natascha

The R & B Music Award of the year goes to…….

The gentlemen were looking fly with their fresh kicks and the ladies with their mini-skirts and the tight jeans. The men had the line-ups on point and the women had the curls and the straightness with a little shine. Backstage you could feel the bass in your chest as you watched the hip-hop dancers break it. You could feel the heat from the stage lights and see the stars sparkle from the trophies for the winners.


I stood side by side with ‘Mr. Down by the River’ himself who sang a hook and made my knees’ quiver. We then proceeded to announce the artist to win the next award of the evening. He walked on stage and had a step to the beat and we all started to groove. The crowd felt and joined in celebrating his award but then it stopped. I stopped! We stopped! It all stopped. He walked up to ‘Mr. Down by the River’ and gave him dap twice, and said what up. Then he immediately turned to the mic and gave his speech. He finished, turned back around, gave ‘Mr. Down by the River’ dap again and then bounced.


I stood there graciously with a smile while the invisible fumes from my ears let loose. You may ask why was I just plain furious? Well, to be honest I felt insulted, disrespected and ignored. Was I not worthy enough for him to acknowledge my presence before or even after he received his award? I mean after all it was my voice that said his name and welcomed him on stage. I don’t know what could have led him to do such a thing but Tascha’s Etiquette Rule #1 for Entertainers is:


  • Do not walk by anyone on stage when accepting an award without a proper greeting, it’s just plain rude, unprofessional and frankly its un-gentlemen like!  


  • As an artist you should care about your reputation and your image; walking by someone indicates a lack of manners. You only get 1 chance to make a good 1st impression.


  • You want people to know you as a gentlemen and someone that is respectful. Being courteous pays dividends $$ meaning: a fan, that becomes a customer that purchases your album in which you get a percentage, they like your album and remember that you were kind and they recommend your music to their friends.


  • Your image is not just what you see starring back at you when you look in the mirror but it’s the lasting impression you leave with someone after you’ve met.


  • Lastly, excellence, exception merit, dignity and style are what you should aim for as a performer. Greeting all individuals within any area demonstrates that you have class. A rare quality we find these days.


These are just a few reasons why one should never proceed to just walk by.


You can waste a great opportunity to network in addition to some cash $$.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tips to Pick a Major


1. Obtain the list of what is offered at your school


2. List what interests you 2-5 options


3. Obtain the list of courses that are offered per major


4. Highlight the courses within each major that interest you *read the course descriptions* go through them one by one to see what sounds interesting & make notes


5. Contact and/or introduce yourself to 2 professors, career development staff, program adviser/guidance counselor & students within the major you are interested in. Ask them for a phone conference or face to face meeting. Ask them for feedback about their discipline. A. What they like about it? B. What they don’t? C. Why do they teach this discipline?/ Or why did you pick this major? D. Where have their students’ gone or professional fields they have chosen with this major? E. What are some of the challenges with this major?


6. Go to the library and/or research online career options for people majoring in what you have selected as your choices?


7. Take an assessment (Jung Typology) *think about the results & talk to someone you think may be able to share further insight like a career counselor, parent, teacher)


8. Once you’ve narrowed down your search based on these things, contact the Career Office or your Guide Counselor or Admissions Counselor for more information


9. Go back to Academic Services or Career Development to share your information and be determined to make a decision.


10. Finally, know that no-matter what you choose that if you choose another career path in the end that is okay. For example: my boss in Finance was an English Major, an Accountant I met started in Marketing. It’s not the end all be all – so just step out on faith, but absolutely include your research, interviewing, and gut and go for it!

VIDEO on Picking a Major:

Monday, February 1, 2010

Natascha Demystifies some Networking Myths

Myth #1:

You must know the top managers or CEO’s in order to network!


This is just not true! In fact, how I landed my 1st internship at Neiman Marcus was by talking to the sales associates in the store. I set up informational interviews with them because they had something I didn’t: ~ inside knowledge of the company, who is who, cultural norms, corporate structure etc.

You must start right where you are. Don’t discount even the young person that rings you up at the cashier they know HR and you don’t.

It’s just a matter of starting the process. Your contacts will increase over time but it’s easier & smart to start where you can practice that 60 second elevator pitch and perfect it by the time you get up the CEO and top management.

Myth # 2:

You have to be a natural to network, it doesn’t take work!


I had a client come in today to tell me she landed an Investment Banking Job at UBS in New York. She started with me and she was very timid and not sure of how to network. So we worked on: a. 1st her image, b. elevator pitch, and c. her reasons for wanting to network.

Once you have those key things settled then you’ll build the confidence to go at it because you have planned out what you want to say.

I remember I went to a networking event at Harvard one year and Fonzworth Bentley was there and well I wanted to meet him but I had to give my pitch in front of a crowd of hundreds. If I hadn’t thought about it the night before, written it down and rehearsed it, there’s no way I would have been able to deliver it. Well, I did and many people that were there remember it!

It’s not about you being a natural it’s about you being able to think, write and practice.

It’s also something you can learn, yes, I said learn. Now until my book comes out on networking – try reading two good books ;-)

Little Black Book of Connection ~ 6.5 Assets for Networking Your Way to RICH Relationships
By: Jeffrey Gitomer’s

The Networking Survival Guide ~ Get the success you want by tapping into the people you know
By: Diane Darling

Myth #3:
You have to be an Extrovert to be a successful networker!


So not true! I have had so many shy clients (men and women) come to me and say but I can’t network. Well, it’s similar to what I said above you must practice, practice and practice.

Would you believe it if I told you my Myers Briggs Type Analysis said I was an INTJ ~ yes the I stands for Introvert!

I know, I know… you’re saying no way is Natascha an Introvert. I think Dr. Phil is too, now that I think about it. Well, it’s because we have the ability to adapt to our surroundings when necessary but I prefer to be alone. So I have the ability to step out of my comfort zone in order to achieve what it is I want to achieve.

Myth #4:

Networking takes too much time & it can only be done face to face!


Remember the last time you were on the bus and you had a great conversation until you arrived at your next stop.

Remember the time you were at the checkout counter and the cashier was taking forever and you and the next person in line struck up a conversation while you both waited.

Well, it only takes you 2 seconds to say hello and deliver small talk, the weather, the outfit, the neighborhood, the cab that drove by with a sign on it or I’ve seen you around do you work in the area?

  • Would you believe I met a top Pharmaceutical Sales Rep off Facebook?

  • Would you believe I met an HR Executive for our state transportation system off Blackplanet?

  • Would you believe I met a Hip-Hop Music Writer for a top record label off Myspace?

Just be sure to be polite & courteous in all of your interactions and offer useful information to your contacts – it works both ways. You as well need to be of value to them.

Most of the time I just give, give, give with asking for nothing just so I can be in a person’s company and learn from them.

Don't miss the opportunity to make conversation with those you meet outside of professional settings; valuable contacts can come from anywhere!

Myth #5:

You need to know tons of people to network!



Listen, just start with who you know:

1. Your friends

2. Your friends’ parents

3. Your parents

4. Your parents’ friends

5. Your neighbors

6. Your dentist (ouch, guess what, my dentist is married to the sister of the Dean at my school)

7. Your doctor (where did he/she go to school, work, private practice etc. my doctor when to an Ivy League, can you say personal reference)

8. Your hairstylist (now think how many clients they have… hello???)

9. Your favorite restaurant owner (imagine how many people eat in there)

10. Your personal trainer (guess what their client list must be like)

11. Your past colleagues (yes even past jobs/internships/church work)

12. Your past professors (what and you thought all they did was teach, they have their own businesses & have published books)

13. Former classmates (so what are they doing now)

Once you list your contacts, you can find out more about them, yes even your parents friends by asking questions such as this informational interview questions:

37 percent of workers polled by Robert Half International said the biggest mistake people make when networking is not asking for help.
The Wall Street Journal reported that 94 percent of successful job hunters claimed that networking had made all the difference for them.
Sixty to 90 percent of jobs are found informally - mainly through friends, relatives, and direct contacts. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 63.4 percent of all workers use informal job finding methods.

Also, constantly serving as a resource to others is the best way to create & support long term relationships. So please do as the coach does and offer help when-ever and where-ever you can. For example: forwarding relevant news articles and information to your contacts to build rapport and stay in touch is crucial.
So remember just believe in yourself and focus on your kind heart!

The Sales Operations Blog

The Sales Operations Blog

Monday, January 25, 2010



G (Decide to GET more out of life. What do you want to do? What do you want to be?)

O (Outline your steps) 1, 2, 3 4

A (Allow for advice but be selective on who you ask)

L (Learn your craft) you do this by – using resources available including people

S (Be specific, loose 10 lbs, a new house 4 bedrooms, a man/woman who has personality & success :-)

E (Encouragement) Apply this to yourself and have a cheering team. Find someone you trust that can offer you encouragement.

TT (Time to Think) – just think about where you are & how what you’ve done now is an accomplishment. Think about the improvements you’ve made. Every time you make a decision during the day, ask yourself this question, “Does it take me closer to, or further from my goal?” If the answer is “closer to,’ then you’ve made the right decision. If the answer is “further from,” well, you know what to do.

I (Internal Check) Assess the impact of this change.. Think of the ‘What IFs? What will happen if you achieve your goal? How will you feel if you do not? Are you willing to keep going if it takes you longer than you expected?

N (N - End date, Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards. (next week – 3 months, senior year) time management

G (Go for it!) – like Nike – just do it.

By: Natascha Saunders, The Career Coach

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

60 Second *1 take ~ Unrehearsed pitch* to Interview NFL Star Richard Seymour

I speak a lot about young professionals being able to give 30-60 second elevator pitches on the spot with no practice. If you were walking down the street and ran into: Oprah, Diddy, Obama, Jonas Brothers, Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra, Lucy Liu, Donald Trump or Jack Welch what would you say?

Well, the above clip is a sample of an 'on the spot pitch' sportscaster audition to interview Richard Seymour when he played for the New England Patriots!

Comcast approached me as I was walking to the game and asked me if I wanted to audition to interview Richard Seymour but I only had 60 seconds to think of something as the cameras were rolling. So this is what I came up with in less than 60 seconds. Talk about thinking on my feet!!!

City Line, Channel ABC

Interviewed by Host Karen Holmes Ward from City Line, Channel ABC regarding the student job market, along with a VP from Robert Half.

10 JOB APPLICATION TIPS By: Natascha Saunders, MBA, MS

Read these tips carefully. You may think you already know this stuff but be sure because it may be the difference in you getting the job.


1.Greet the receptionist politely when requesting or submitting an application

2.Always dress professional when requesting or submitting an application even if using their computer to fill it out online

3.Read the entire application before you begin, if possible (If not just read each question carefully.)

4.Use Blue or Black Ink (If on a computer, take your time and type with no errors)

5.Write neat (If on a computer, use caps only where needed & proper punctuation. No short hand like lol, lmao)

6.Apply for a specific position, meaning a position and/or department

7.Leave no blanks. Write N/A if Not Applicable

8.Explain gaps in employment such as: attended school, travel abroad

9.Have copies of your resume, so you can have the dates (month, day, year) of employment and complete company names. Research their addresses. (You will also need your social security number, and references.)

10.Be sure to sign and date the application

Extra notes:
* Your address should be where you get mail.

* Your telephone number with an area should have a professional voice message at the very least business hours. For example USA: 7am-7pm

* In the salary desired field write open or negotiable *(if you have to list, you should did your research ahead of time, for example on or check with your schools career services office).

* If asked for a reason why you left your previous job, use positive statements like: to take a job with more responsibility, moved/relocation, seasonal opportunity, or returned to school.

* Never say, fired, quit, late, hated it, or did not like the manager.

* Do not wrinkle or spill anything on the application.

* Check your spelling.

10 INTERVIEWING TIPS By: Natascha Saunders, MBA, MS

1. ASK QUESTIONS It will help you decide if you want the job, it also shows that you are really interested in the company.

2. RESEARCH Check out their website for their mission, departments, headline news, etc. You will look like you did your homework.

3. SWAGGER Get a good night sleep and eat a good breakfast or lunch. Then brush your teeth, use mouthwash & floss.

Make sure you are dressed appropriately nothing tight, hanging, showing, dirty, wrinkled, no perfume or cologne or very, very light (someone may be allergic) etc.

5. BE EARLY 15 minutes is on time (not too early) & on time is late!

6. RESUME & REFERENCE COPIES Carry them in a folder with pen and paper.

7. MANNERS Firm handshake and wait to be asked to take a seat. Sit up straight, do not fidget, don not scratch, do not touch your face/nose, socks, belt, hair etc.

8. EYE CONTACT Shows honesty and confidence but do not stare

9. PAY ATTENTION & BE CONFIDENT Do not over do it but its okay to talk about your accomplishments (have proof if you can; such as a career portfolio)

10. THANK YOU NOTE E-mail, stationary or card

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What is your Passion?

PASSION is something you'd do even if you didn't get paid for it...

When I was in college, I loved to answer questions from friends and family regarding what to wear for a job interview, how did I find a temp agency for work, how to edit a resume or what career they should pursue. I'd go online and spend hours looking at sample resumes on Resume Edge, reviewing internships, or looking up positions on Monster.

So much so I designed my own major in college entitled, Independent Image Consulting. I wanted to help clients with image, budgets and with fitness.

I say the 3 loves of my life all begin with F's: FASHION, FITNESS and FINANCE.

Yet it wouldn't feel like work because it was very interesting to me to learn what was professionally acceptable and which companies had jobs available.

I realized then that giving advice and keeping up with industry trends was a passion.

Your passion can also be found through life experiences.

In all situations we learn lessons we can share with others.

I also have a passion for encouraging young girls who were victims of physical abuse and children who have witnessed domestic violence. These are some of my painful memories that I've turned into a positive story to share - it's never to late to rewrite your story.

Trust me I did!

So what will you write?

What are you passionate about?



Engaging youngster's interests to instill good work ethics and job pride
By: Michele Zipp

What do your kids want to be when they grow up? If the typical answer ranges from Superman to Dora the Explorer, you are not alone. But how can you really get the kids to even think about career possibilities when all they want to do is play dress up in your power suit?

We went to NATASCHA SAUNDERS, Youth Career Coach, for the top five tips to get kids excited about work. Saunders has mentored thousands of students on everything from career selection to excelling at interviewing.

5 Tips To Help Your Children Become Career Minded

1. Introduce ideas and concepts. Read your kids stories and identifying the characters that have professional roles. Take them to museums where they have exhibits created by artists, photographers, and physicians. Purchase educational board games that stimulate their mind. Go on field trips to fire stations, zoos, bakeries, and sports arenas. Share what you do at work give them examples or tell it in a story format on how you helped someone today. Visit the library with them to find books on different career interests.

2. Evaluate your child's skills, interests, abilities, and habits. Be attentive to their behavior patterns. "I noticed very early on my niece was really good at counting and noticing price differences when we'd purchase something at the store," Saunders says. "She could say how much things were discounted. These are skills that can be nurtured early on."

Notice if your child loves to talk, perform, or seems to enjoy drawing or any other activity so you can support it. Be open to feedback from family and friends that are in different professions than you they could notice traits in your children as well.

Maintain a list of the books your children reads, with dates, and note which ones are of special interest to them. Keep a diary where you record observations of your child's activities and accomplishments of particular significance, and record ideas for the future.

3. Support their activities. The earlier you involve your child in school activities, the better. Listen to the input of teachers/counselors. Listen to your gut when you think your child may excel in a particular area and help foster that growth. "I have a cousin who is only seven-years-old, who is already a local champion on her swim team," she shares.

Place your kids in activities that would support their skills and/or interests. If they are active, consider martial arts. "I started at five-years-old and it taught me discipline and gave me confidence. I even competed on a national level." Consider play groups with other children, joining kids clubs, enrolling them in camp, or having them take lessons. "Camps also taught me etiquette at a very early age."

Utilize resources such as They provide assessments, books, and articles on a variety of topics for kids at all ages. provides links and great resources for K-8. The site explains careers for children in NASA, FCC, Fire Safety, and more.

4. Teach them the basics. Give your children chores early on such as cleaning and putting away toys to teach responsibility, organizational skills, and how to set routines. Have them shadow you, dad, or other relatives at work. "I started at nine-years-old and helped my mom with filing, stuffing envelops, and delivery packages around the office. It became the first item I listed on my resume."

Open your child's mind up to careers that exist in sectors other than your own. Play pretend for example, play doctor or chef. This helps children develop abstract thought and social skills. It builds self-confidence because they learn how to express themselves and deal with situations.

5. Encouragement! Use supportive words because kids do remember. Let them know they can be anything they want to be by only using positive statements. Help them to change any negative words about themselves to positive statements. Speak life, success, and prosperity into their lives. Tell them how successful that are and how smart they are they will believe it!

Who am I & What is my Passion

My passion serves the needs of young people which then impacts society.

My passion serves the lives of students, drop-outs, teen moms, young fathers, gang members, youth departments, rich and poor.

My passion has no boundaries, no color lines and no bias.

My passion saves lives, changes self-images, improves self-esteem, motivates and will start a movement. I give hope where there is not. I give inspiration to those that see no way out and I plant a seed in the heart of every young person I encounter. This seed is then grown through many meetings where I dig deep into their past, uncover their dreams, discover their values and beliefs, in order to show them how to set goals and establish a pattern of accomplishments.

My passion has been demonstrated: on a ship of 500, in a cafeteria of 100, in a classroom of 30, in a boardroom of 10, and in an office 1 on 1. My passion is demonstrated wherever the need presents itself. It is demonstrated by my actions, by my image, by giving a motivational speech, by editing a resume through fax, by sending research information over the internet, chatting on a blog, IM on F/B or taking calls in the middle of the night.

There is no time limit or time table where I demonstrate my passion.

Have you uncovered what my passion is?

I am a Career Coach!

However, it is not just my passion, nor is it just something that I do, but it is who I AM!