When her son, Jake, began his junior year of college in 2016, Lori began to worry.
How would Jake — a film-studies major who was minoring in creative writing — ever find a decent job? She was a lawyer; her husband was a financial adviser. Neither of them had any idea how to help their less-conventional, creative child.
When Jake, now 23, told her that he wanted to land a summer internship, “I was like, ‘I don’t know what to do here,’ Lori, who declined to give her last name for privacy reasons, tells The Post. The mother of two felt she “didn’t have the expertise to help him, nor did I have the time.”
Rather than directing him to the on-campus career counselor, Lori decided to call in the big guns: She hired a pair of consultants, Jill Tipograph and Lesley Mitler, to help Jake translate his liberal-arts education into a concrete career path.
Protective moms and dads have long called upon professional advisers for their high-school-aged kids, including tutors and college applications reviewers, to give them an edge in the higher-ed rat race. So it makes sense that, as the job market grows increasingly competitive — millennials are the largest generation in the workforce as of 2016, according to Pew Research — parents are hiring a slew of coaches to help their undergrads find careers.