pivot from college to careerFuture of Work Sherpa Dan Smolen interviews Andrea Koppel, who is helping people pivot from college to career.

Andrea is a former CNN correspondent, PR and nonprofit sector corporate executive. She draws on those amazing professional experiences to empower 1 million students to turn their degrees into careers they will love.

Each week, she hosts and executive produces the Time4Coffee Podcast which features the stories and unique experiences of top career professionals. Her guests have all pivoted from college to great and rewarding career experiences.

Additionally, Andrea leads the College2Career Academy which offers clients one-on-one consultative support to pursue their own beautiful career journeys.

Here, she discusses her process to help people pivot from college to career:

“One of the biggest challenges that I help my [young students] with, those that are confused and anxious and stuck, is that I help them to get unstuck.”

Full interview starts at 3:03

In this podcast episode, Andrea:

  • Describes the unique value propositions of the Time4Coffee Podcast and the College2Career Academy. Starts at 4:54
  • Relives her own amazing career journey. Starts at 9:08
  • Relates to the power of personal experience in shaping the college to career journey. Starts at 15:30
  • Discusses the return-on-investment (ROI) mindset of many college degree candidates, and ways to get them beyond it, to a state of joyfulness. Starts at 28:33
  • Counters the unhealthful “live for work” success narrative pursued by many American professionals. Starts at 37:05

pivot from college to careerIn helping people pivot from college to career, Andrea Koppel frees them to seek and do meaningful work that may span several career acts.

Full interview starts at 3:03

About our guest:

Andrea Koppel earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Asian Studies, and Chinese from Middlebury College. Andrea was for 20 years an award-winning journalist; she served as a foreign-based, State Department, and Capitol Hill correspondent for CNN. After her journalism career concluded, she worked two years in PR and later seven years as an executive in the nonprofit sector. Andrea lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.

EPISODE DATE: September 17, 2021

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Image credits: Andrea Koppel, Kristy Yang Photography; Career Seeker Climbing Stairs, Phonlama Photo for iStock Photo; Podcast button, J. Brandt Studio for The Dan Smolen Experience.