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Send Off Your College Student with This Advice

It is that time of year again. The hordes of excited freshman head off to college with anticipation and perhaps a bit of fear. And let’s not forget the returning college students who will be diving deeper into their majors and areas of concentration. Besides the conventional wisdom parents normally provide, please allow me to urge you share these seven points with them!

  1. Inventory and document summer work experience and skills
  2. Add valuable connections to your network
  3. Learn about life from professors
  4. Get a job
  5. Pack in extracurricular activities
  6. Hang with alumni
  7. Meet the ‘rents

For the full story behind each of these important seven recommendations, please visit my post on US News “7 Ways College Students Can Gain an Edge on the Job Hunt”

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Here’s why these points are critical. College students are graduating with incredible debt. They must get work quickly after graduating. Having a solid portfolio of experience (besides just classroom study) and having strong personal connections to the working world, will greatly increase their odds of securing employment.

Hiring is on the rise and unemployment right now for college graduates is only 3.9%.  This doesn’t mean finding a job out fresh out of college will be easy. Let’s provide them with all the tools and resources necessary to succeed!

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  • Marc Miller August 17, 2012, 3:12 pm

    When my son headed off for college in 2002, (yes it was 10 years ago) I told him
    1. You can eat like sh*t or eat healthy, it was his choice.
    2. Your first college roommate will not be his best buddy but you have to respect each others privacy.
    3. Do not flunk anything
    4. Do not take any advanced classes
    5. I pay for 4 years and that is it
    He graduated in 4 years, turned into a decent human being and got off my payroll.