WCA hosts 'Backpack to Briefcase' presentation by best-selling author


WILLIAMSBURG – Best-selling author, award-winning professor, and longtime human resources executive R. William Holland, Ph.D. takes students from "Backpack to Briefcase" with his acclaimed career counseling program for parents and students. Williamsburg Christian Academy is pleased to host Dr. Holland as he presents a seminar open to the public on Monday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Local parents and their high school students, college-age children, recent college graduates and even experienced professionals from the community are invited to the event, and there is no cost to attend. RSVPs are requested and may be directed to WCA School Counselor Denise Barnhart at (757) 220-1978 ext. 111 or barnhartd@williamsburgchristian.org.

A local resident of Williamsburg, Va., Dr. Holland offers a series of workshops and individual coaching programs to help parents and their students become their own effective career counselors. "The number one concern for parents," says Holland, "is the inability of their college graduate to gain traction in the professional job market."

Williamsburg Christian Academy believes in the importance of preparing high school students for college-academically, spiritually, and also by equipping them for the college admissions process and ultimately, successful careers. Beginning at the high school level, how do parents empower their students to take the right steps to secure their future in a tough job market? What can a student do to get on the right path to achieve the career they dream of during their educational journey? On Nov. 4, Dr. Holland will share key skill development strategies that lead to breakthrough success. He'll show parents and students how to integrate these strategies into tactics that support and help deliver outstanding job and career results.

Some of Dr. Holland's topics include:

•Right job, right company: How do you evaluate the companies in the industry of choice? Where do you start?

•Timing: When is the best time to start the job hunt? How do you get started?

•Skills: Does your student have the skills he/she needs to get placement in their field of choice?

•Networking: Have you and your student started a network of contacts to utilize when you or your child have completed their college education?

•Charting: Charting steps to a successful career.

About R. William Holland, Ph.D.

Bill Holland's career has included accomplishments as a scholar, athlete, award-winning educator, senior business executive and author. As Executive Vice President at Right Management, Inc. (a global human resources consulting and career transition company with annual sales of 500M) he was responsible for 60 offices, three franchise territories and over 200M in annual revenue in the United States and Canada.

Holland was Chief Human Resources Officer at Meridian Bank, the University of Pennsylvania and the Business Process Outsourcing Division of Accenture. He led a globally dispersed staff responsible for employee transition and transformation on more than 200 outsourcing engagements on five continents. He also held senior HR positions at Chase Manhattan Bank, Charles Schwab and PepsiCo.

In 2006, Holland published the first of three books on career management, Are There Any Good Jobs Left? Career Management in the Age of the Disposable Worker (Praeger). It was chosen by The Miami Herald and San Jose Mercury News as one of the top 10 business books of the year. His second book, Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy (AMACOM), was published in 2011. He soon became known as the "Right Job Guy."

Dr. Holland's forthcoming book, A Family Guide to Landing Right Side Up in the New Job Market: From Backpack to Briefcase, offers rare and unusual insights into how to navigate the path to career survival and prosperity in today's job market. Holland shows parents and students how to make college count, saying "It's not so much what someone majors in as it is what they learn to do with whatever major they have."

Holland attended Michigan State University on a football scholarship and received his Ph.D. in political science. As a graduate teaching assistant at MSU's distinguished James Madison College, Bill received the University's first Excellence-in-Teaching award. He went on to become a member of the teaching and research faulty at the University of California, Riverside. He has served as a director on the boards of several organizations including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, United Professionals and The Pennsylvania Partnership for Children.

Holland has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including NPR's Talk of the Nation, The Street, WHRO's Hear Say and many others. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at colleges and schools on the topic of navigating the job market and charting a successful career. For more information please visit http://www.crackingthenewjobmarket.com.

Williamsburg Christian Academy is a community Christian school serving preschool through 12th grade, dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). WCA's mission is to provide college preparatory instruction in a culture of grace through personalized learning in academics, arts, and athletics while building relationships that inspire students to serve their community and become Christ-centered leaders. To learn more, please visit WilliamsburgChristian.org.