A story in the Journal, â€œGraduating with a Major in Go-Getting,â€ was published the other day citing some interesting stats for recent graduates. According to the story, U.S job openings sank below 3 million in January, and employers who recruit on college campuses expect to hire 22% fewer grads than last year. Thatâ€™s scary.
I get calls funneled to me sometimes from college students who need to do a short informational interview for a marketing or PR class. The naivetÃ© in their voices amazes me. I donâ€™t blame them. When you were 18, did you really worry about the troubles that face you in adulthood, like career, financial independence and stability?
Itâ€™s funny to compare those first-year students to the seniors who call anxiously for internships. Of course, the urgency in the seniorsâ€™ voices is apparent. Their desperation that comes through over the phone, due to the unfortunate state of this economy, brings out my greatest sympathies. I wish I could find each and every one of them a job on the spot.
That being said, the situation is what it is. I have this piece of advice for college students. START THINKING AHEAD EARLIER.
As I told a freshman from Columbia yesterday who called for a homework assignment, â€œItâ€™s really easy to just go to class and manage a decent GPA. Whatâ€™s going to set you apart is the work you do outside the classroom.â€
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