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Graduating from College this Spring?

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 11:29 AM Comments comments (13)

Talking to second semester college seniors this spring, I have been floored by the number of them who have NOT taken advantage of the career services for which they and their parents are paying at their colleges and universities. The career service is one of the most important services at the college. Their services enable students to be job-ready in terms of resume, interview skills and attending on campus interviews set up by the colleges for them.

Contrary to popular belief, the career services offices are not just for seniors. In fact, the student who enters college with the end game in mind, should visit the career services center as a freshman. At that point, the student can get an understanding of the assistance they provide. They often help with gaining summer employment related to field of study as well as internships. Career services offices help students think about what is coming for which they need to prepare in terms of opportunities that will strengthen their job applications later. 

Students who enter college with their employment goals in mind and who want to maximize their college investment, need to begin by visiting the career services offices at their college during their freshman year. I view the lack of preparation for jobs during college the same way I view any lack of planning for college during high school. Both of these behaviors have the potential to reduce future success which diminishes the return on the precious investment families make in higher education.

Last semester of college to-do list

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 11:29 PM Comments comments (96)
Before a student graduates from college, there is an important to-do list to help the student have a smooth transition into a job or grad school. Among the things that college seniors need to take care of are:
  • many colleges require students to officially apply for graduation
  • students who have a student loan must complete loan exit counseling in order for their transcripts to be free for release to prospective employers
  • college placement offices offer job readiness workshops and resume services to help students with their job search and interviews
  • colleges host prospective employers on campus for on-campus interviews to help students find employment
  • students planning on attending grad school need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if they have not already done so
There are other things that a student can do to take some of the stress out of the transition from college to employment. They include asking faculty for letters of reference and beginning to take stock of current wardrobe needs to get ready for interviews. Students should also discuss their post graduation options with family and begin to put together a financial plan including health insurance, life insurance, renter's insurance, a retirement savings account and disability insurance. Parents and students also need to discuss whether the student can return home if not employed by college graduation and what the ground rules will be including whether the student will pay rent and what the house rules will be.