How do I get experience?

I find that organizations where I would like to work require experience before they will consider hiring me-I am still in college – how do I get the experience they want?

Professor Roberts:

This is one point where most colleges fail miserably. If you’re not in a top tier or Ivy college, your college administrators and faculty just don’t know and really don’t care. Your college is composed of academics that have no real world experience. They have no contacts to help you find jobs and their programs to help get you experience are a joke. Most colleges spend little effort, time and money on trying to help get that experience you need either through internships or pre-professional employment. This is going to hurt, but here is what you have to do: You must keep yourself in play. And there is only one way to do it. You are going to have to work for almost nothing in your field. And while you’re doing it you will need to network and make contacts. Here’s the hard part. You will have to sit by and watch graduates from top tier schools get the kind of job you were hoping to get. This is nothing your college could ever have prepared you for. Even if you do this successfully there is still no guarantee that you will finally get the career you wanted. It’s an outside shot. But one you have to take. If you have ever been to one of my lectures (generally free-if it works into my schedule-just contact me) I go into a little more detail as to the procedure and steps you will need to take to finally get entry into your field at the professional level you want.

A Final Word

Please don’t forget that for every day you attend college, for every day you have not paid interest on student loans, that interest (for most private and even some government loans) will be added to the principle of your debt. And it will grow and grow until in many cases, the interest added to your loan may even exceed the amount of the original principle.

No matter what you do just remember that almost all of the students graduating from non top-tier schools (99%+ of all colleges) are experiencing the same problems you are. You have done nothing wrong other than to believe the empty promises of a system so dependent on your tuition and fee-based dollars that they will say anything to get you to attend their school.

I HOPE I HAVE BEEN OF SOME HELP!

My name is Professor Roberts and just by the fact that you have reached this website, means that you have already heard about me and my mission to demand honest, full disclosure of college and universities. I have spent most of my career in the Financial Services sector. I have also spent seven years teaching at major Universities.

Your Placement Service Cannot Help You!

If you are a school newspaper editor or a member of the student body, you have people who are looking up to you in your leadership position. Please don’t think like all the other administrators in your college. Realize that there is nothing your professors and administrators can do for you. But you can help all the students in your school. I periodically do editorials for student newspapers. And I would be very willing to write such an article for your organization. (I also visit many campuses). Please let me help. You have nothing to lose.

I will specifically discuss various topics such as the following:

-The mission of the college: Are you sure that what you want is the same as what the college administrators want?
-Is your college placement services department really working for you?
-Are you getting the education you are paying for?
-Why is it so expensive and is it worth it?
-How do I know a college can give me a return on my money invested in these four years?
-I am a third year student, what can I do at this point?

We are planning on covering many such topics. As we construct the site more topics important to the students will become available.

My experience is in the real world (as opposed to the “academic” experience of most of your full-time professors). I will share with you information that will hopefully allow you to, one day, obtain the job you are looking for in your chosen field. Most of your full-time professors and administrators do not know what to tell you to do. They have no experience in the real world. But you have to start preparing now! There is no time to lose.

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