Why should I listen to you, Professor Roberts? I am in my second year of college and life is good. I make good grades, will probably graduate with honors and expect that I will be on my way to a successful career once I graduate.
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What’s wrong with me?
I am near the end of my last year in college; I will graduate with honors and have not yet seriously connected with a potential employer. I feel I have an excellent personality and say all the right things in job interviews. I have interviewed on campus and have attended every job fair I could but have not found a single company that is serious about hiring me. What’s wrong with me?
First of all, there is nothing wrong with you. Unfortunately, you are in the same boat with hundreds of thousands of other students. Most College Placement Offices have been relatively ineffective at finding professional jobs for graduating seniors. Most job fairs are for “show” and are often held when high school students and their parents are visiting college campuses. Most employers are not going to hire anybody from your college. All of their needs can be satisfied from top-tier universities such as Ivy League colleges. Many also obtain their future professional level employees from foreign universities whose professors have greater depth of real world knowledge and are judged by their students and managers accordingly. This poor “career” situation has existed on college campuses for over a decade (it’s not the economy). You need to keep yourself in play, something colleges have little experience with. Please read on.
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.