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
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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