College represents a new beginning for young people. It’s also the final step before you enter adult life full-time. Millions of students graduate every year with a degree in their desired field. They become new and eager members of the workforce, but there’s just one problem: A degree, especially in today’s world, doesn’t always immediately translate into employment.
So here you are with this distinctive document you worked so hard for and no Plan B. So how can this dilemma be avoided in the first place?
The disconnect between college life and today’s modern and competitive job market has become very apparent, and the most savvy students are proactive, rather than reactive. They have a strategy in place – and not one for that prized education fails to result in employment, but instead for when all that time in the classroom comes to a close.
The fact is, this separation between school and adult life is engrained in almost every college and university in America. Many majors just aren’t applicable in today’s professional world, yet too many kids still blindly pursue them. Think about it: How does a philosophy or history degree truly contribute to the modern workforce?
The new normal economy of today demands proper acknowledgment and preparation. While going on to earn a master’s degree might help, it’s no sure thing when it comes to landing a quality job. Students today need to enter what many call “the best years of their life” with at least a rough sketch of where they want to end up, something that can evolve into a full-scale career plan as they mature. Planning from the start will put them far ahead of classmates in the end. Here are a few ways to make the college experience more realistic.
5 WAYS TO BE WORKFORCE READY
- Internship – Learn and sharpen skills within your chosen profession and in the trenches for a real-live organization. You’ll have a significant head start over other grads.
- Career Services – If you’re paying tuition anyways, take advantage of services provided outside of the classroom by your institution. People in this department may be well-connected in the local job market, or at a minimum can get you going at some level in the workforce.
- Part-Time Job – Any job out there supports a business, and any job will teach you about management, operations, etc. Plus with the extra cash you can invest in your job search.
- Work Study – Essentially a combination of an internship and part-time job. You can earn money and experience while attending school.
- Clubs, Association, Network Groups – Many times landing a job is about connections, and the people around you that support your efforts and would be willing to provide a reference for you. Getting involved with students and professionals in common interest groups not only shows initiative and commitment, but is an easy way to expand your network quickly.
Not sure what to make of your college experience? Worried your degree won’t apply to most of today’s jobs? Not to worry, we can help you identify and leverage the value of your education and who you are as a person through our rethink strategy.
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