Happy Graduation Day – Maybe. Do You Have A Plan

May and June is the time when colleges and universities will be graduating their senior classes and setting them out to fend for themselves finally, or so they think.

From the college or university perspective, they have honored their part of the education contract. They have provided the information the student needs to be successful in their future endeavors.

At the graduation ceremonies, dignitaries will give lofty speeches, and admonishment about going forth to follow their dreams, and change the world. The graduating class of 2018 will be full of hope and confidence that they will indeed be able to apply the admonishment of taking on the world and having worthy and significant accomplishments.

Every parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, and uncle wish the best for those in their family who will be graduating this year. Many of these newly minted college and university graduates will find their way back to their parent’s homes, hoping they haven’t turned their bedroom into a makeshift gym, or sewing room. Why? Lack of preparation for really landing that dream job.

Fewer than twenty percent of college students use their college career centers. Instead, they opt to consult with friends and family. There is nothing wrong with that, but, it is a bit short-sighted on their part. Using the career centers does not guarantee the student will get a job, but it can enhance their chances along with the networking done through family, and friends.

For those students who will be graduating over the next few weeks, and do not have a job lined up, I suggest you consider your options. Regardless if you have or have not used your career center, you sill have opportunities to land a good job. The economy is doing better, but you do need a well-structured plan.

There are some things you can do right now to enhance your chances of obtaining employment which I will write about in my next post.

© Timothy A. Wilson 2018