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 The Reality of Graduation-2011
“This is the true story…of eight strangers…picked to live in a house…work together and have their lives taped…to find out what happens…when people stop being polite…and start getting real…The Real World.”

Sorry kids, that’s not reality!

Between the Jersey Shore roommates, Big Brother, Survivor and Keeping up with the Kardashian’s, how do we our save our graduates from the overly-publicized and irrationally-unrealistic idea of life after college? Well, we can teach them! Here are a few ways to help those bright-eyed and bushy-tailed students on a career plan and avoid working for a paycheck alone:

1. Explain the Current Economic Situation

Support their thirst for knowledge by providing up-to-date career statistics in your printed brochures or website along with services available to combat economic blues.

Despite hearsay, it’s going to be tough for a candidate, let alone a recent graduate. And yes, your students may watch CNN while brushing their teeth or skim the local paper in between class but are they aware of the current job situation?

2. Clarify Business Needs

Inform your students (liberal arts majors included) of how a business works. Invite alumni to explain how students can fill the needs of the company they aim to work for after college. And if they want to start their own business after graduation, provide them with all of the sources they will need to hit the ground running.

We know how start-up companies have a rough time during the first couple, few or five years of business. But do your overly ambitious students know that? If that’s not a concern, they should still know how a company works.

3. Explain the Importance (Risk and Stability) of a 2nd, 3rd and 4th Option

Teach students to create comparison charts for job prospects to avoid first-year layoffs or start-up shut-downs. Have your student consider room for advancement, growth in pay, culture and continuing education opportunities of the company.

As small, fast growth companies are soaring, so are larger companies, who are filling positions that have been open for the last few years. Be sure to explain the importance of strategic career planning along with the risk associated with various companies.

If a student only needed a great GPA, a diploma to boast, and a few internships within their industry to land their dream job, there wouldn’t be a need for career centers. However, there’s work to be done, and the reality is that if a student is unaware of post-graduation expectations, then they need help from their career center. Match them with a fulfilling career direction, as well as some job opportunities that mirror their culture and values to emphasize the real in reality.

 

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