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Already putting your plans together for life after college graduation?
Which city have you always dreamed of living in?
Well, if it’s one of the 13 cities below, you might not want to move there unless you’ve landed a job there ahead of time.
According to this Daily Beast article, the September census illustrates what most of us probably already knew (and those on Occupy Wall Street are protesting…I think?): the outlook for unemployment does not look too good for America’s newest adult population.
But wait! There’s more!
There are certain places where recent grads have been hit even harder. These cities have the greatest rise in an educated yet unemployed population since 2008. Trying to start a booming career in one of these places could actually mean an endless job search and cutting your losses by taking a gig at the Dairy Queen.
Here are those cities:
1. Orlando, Fla.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 23.7%
2. Seattle, Wash.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 18.8%
3. Virginia Beach, Va.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 12.7%
4. Birmingham, Ala.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 24.1%
5. Dayton, Ohio
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 23.4%
6. Nashville, Tenn.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 15.5%
7. Pittsburgh, Pa.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 15.2%
8. Milwaukee, Wis.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 21.3%
9. Las Vegas, Nev.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 19.6%
10. Louisville, Ky.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 14.8%
11. Columbus, Ohio
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 14.8%
12. Riverside, Calif.
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 27.4%
13. Houston, Texas
Current unemployment, age 20-24: 14.2%
What city do you want to wind up in? Leave a comment below.
The internship during college summer break is becoming the elusive fruit for college students. With the state of the job market, internships are all the more essential to land a job after college graduation since they give you the competitive edge of having that real world job experience employers are looking for.
So, we have 4 tips to ensure that if you are currently working a summer internship you end the summer on the best note you possibly can to land a job in the future.
1. Finish strong
You might only have two weeks left in your internship before you head back to college. So…Make. It. Count. The summer’s flown by, and maybe you haven’t gotten the chance you’ve wanted to flex your proverbial muscle to the boss. The best thing you can do is go above and beyond with the task at hand. Finish the projects you’re assigned with flying colors. Even if it’s just inputting numbers into a spreadsheet, do it with gusto. Have a smile on your face. Laugh at your boss’s jokes even if he’s told the same one to you six times, and you didn’t find it funny the first time. For the most part, your employer knows that they have you doing the boring stuff, so just show them that you’re a nice, hardworking person to have around the office.
2. Show some of your personality
It’s super hard to be yourself when you’re hoping that people like you enough to possibly hire you in the future. The pressure turns a lot of usually bubbly co-eds into twenty-something robots. But, after you’ve been working your internship for most of the summer and finally feel more comfortable at the office, show a little more of your personality. It will make it a lot easier for your employer to distinguish you from the rest of the company’s future job applicants because you do that hilarious impression of a zombie Charlie Chaplin chasing a a chicken.
3. Ask for feedback
This is the perfect time to ask your boss or supervisor for some feedback. You might think you know what the company thinks of you and your work so far, but you may be surprised. Who knows? They might mistake your stern seriousness about your work for being really bored at the office. Not only will feedback help you become a better employee, but it’s a time to let your supervisor know what’s going through your head as well, like, all those amazing ideas you have to stop global warming or where that the next office party should be at Zigorno’s because then everybody can get whatever they want to eat AND play extreme dodgeball.
4. Express your future career interest
Whether it’s the same meeting or different one, setting up a time to let your employer know what you see for future is great idea. The reason for this is because you might actually not be interested in working at the place you’re interning. You might have totally different career goals for a multitude of reasons. Letting your employer know this won’t make them think less of you as long you’re doing your job well. In fact, they’re still great contacts to have for the future. If you’re working at a bank but you’ve realized you want to go into public relations, perhaps your boss can get you an interview with his wife’s cousin who owns a boutique PR firm.
If you are interested in the place you’re currently working, let them know as well. Companies want enthusiastic employees who demonstrate interest in them. So if you want in after graduation, let them know you’d appreciate it if they kept you in mind for the future and that you’re the one who brought the homemade chocolate covered pretzels in the kitchen.
Any other tips for interns? Share thoughts by leaving a comment below!
If your idea of what college and university life is like happens to be based on your dad’s nostalgic and, most likely, exaggerated stories about the craziest toga party the dean ever had to break up or the hardest professor any student ever had, or the most elaborate prank ever that he and his pal “Tank” almost got expelled for–
Well, maybe you need a fresh source of information.
Today we’re giving you 4 and 1/2 college myths and debunking them so you can understand what college life is actually like–not 30 years ago–but today:
1. Big colleges are best if you haven’t chosen a major
Surprisingly, a bigger school doesn’t necessarily mean more options for your major. As long as you decide on a school that has a good selection of fields of study, you probably have the same flexibility in majors at a small school as you would at a big one–possibly even more. For instance, you might decide that you want to create your own major. At a big school, you might have to jump through a bunch of administration hoops to do want you want. At a small school, the administration is probably more personal and even eager to help you make the education you want.
2. College is 4 years. Period.
Yes, most college students graduate in four years. It’s kind of just the allotted time given to college students, but it’s a bit arbitrary. Depending on how long you want to stay in college, you can reasonably graduate before that four year mark or after. If you want to graduate in fewer than four years, it’s as easy as meeting with an adviser and scheduling your credits smartly so that you complete what you need in time. If you want to stay past the four year mark, it also makes sense to sit down with a college adviser to figure out when you should take which classes when, or what you can accomplish with the “extra” time.
3. You must go Greek immediately
A ton of incoming college freshman freak out because they want to go Greek–join a fraternity or sorority–but have barely even acclimated to college life yet. Too many students hurry into Greek like without really knowing what they even want out of college. The good news? You don’t have to rush until you’re certain you want to. There are houses that offer second semester rush, or, you can even just wait until you’re a sophomore to join. Do what you’re comfortable with!
4. Hazing is just part of the tradition!
Hazing may be a tradition in a house, but colleges and universities do not condone it. Too many times does a hazing activity go too far, as in it will cause serious harm to people, because nobody stands up to stupid or dangerous ideas. If you’re doing the hazing, and it goes public, you could get into serious trouble. We’re talking like actual trouble with police and legal things and lawyers and all that stuff.
4.5 College isn’t the real world
College is kind of a bubble considering how unique it is to have such a high concentration of young people trying to learn in one place. So yes, that can seem a little “unreal”. But it’s not like college campuses exist in magic fairy tale dimensions. College campuses are in real places where real people live and work and play. You don’t have to wait to make an impact or try living in the “real world” until after college–you’re in it now. Your campus may be different from where you want move after you graduate, but there’s no reason you can’t immerse yourself into the local culture or contribute to it. Even just getting a normal job off-campus can help you realize you’re in the real world.
Have an opinion or question? Leave a comment!
Have you met Slow Joe? He’s that friendly guy on campus who says “hi” to everybody and who you see at every party but never at the library. Oh, and according to legend, he’s been in school since ’96.
College is great. But the debt you’ll accumulate paying for all those years of fun without getting your degree is not worth it–unless you’re an heir or heiress to a billion dollar oil company.
Graduating in 4 years or less is most definitely possible, and here some tips to make sure you can do it:
1. Decide on a major
A lot of schools, guidance counselors and older friends will tell you that you should take your sweet time choosing a major. The truth is, while it might take some time to realize what it is you really want to study, the earlier you figure it out, the sooner you can you complete the courses you’ll need to graduate. The later you decide on the major, the less time you have to complete those courses by graduation.
Check out our article about why you should declare a major now.
2. Wean off of the party scene
Chances are, the more you party, the less time you’ll be studying. It’s a simple law of science–I’m pretty sure Einstein discovered that relationship. The party scene at school can be fun, especially since it’s your first real taste of independence. But once you’ve had your taste, get back to the books. Partying can take a huge toll on the work you’re able to complete and classes you’ll be able to pass.
3. Sit down with an advisor
Once you decide your major, make an appointment with an advisor to help you plan out each of your semesters. A college advisor will help you make sure all of your requirements will be covered by the time you want to graduate. Stick to the plan, you’ll be sure to graduate on time or earlier.
4. Study abroad wisely
Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the world. If this is something you want to do, make sure 100% that all of the abroad program credits transfer to your school. One of the ways to makes sure of this is to go with a program that your school recommends or is partnered with. Again, meeting with an advisor can help you find the right program that will work towards your major.
Do you have any other words of wisdom for graduating in 4 years or less? Comment and share!
It’s graduation season! Congratulations to high school and college seniors moving on to their next phases in life.
If you’re graduating, you probably have a lot of things on your mind like how to get a job or how to say goodbye to your friends before leaving for college. But the thing that is most definitely, most certainly, most undoubtedly concerning you the most is how you will stand out during your graduation ceremony. If everybody’s in the same robe and mortar board, how will your parents know who you are? How will they ever be able to spot you amid the sea of hundreds, or thousands, of students clad in your school colors?
The solution is not only easy, but fun: decorate the top of your mortar board. If everybody else has a black mortar board, a little splash of color will make yours pop.
Here are 5 ways to decorate your mortar board:
1. Personalized Message
Send a shout-out to the people cheering you on during graduation! Using colorful tape, pipe cleaners, glitter pens or whatever you have up your sleeve, write out a message! Something short and sweet usually does the job, like “Hi, Mom!”, your initials or celebratory “We did it!”
2. Your Graduation Year
Have some class pride! Spice up your mortar board by hot-gluing cut-outs of your class year to the top. This is a great way to make your mortar board a more meaningful keepsake.
3. Say Something Meaningful to You
It may be a strange place to spread the word, but if there’s a positive message you want to send out, why not do it atop your mortar board? Just keep it appropriate for the occasion.
4. Colorful Flowers
Once again, bring out the hot glue gun. Stop by a crafts store and pick up some exaggerated fake flowers. Glue on your flower arrangement, and give friends and family the garden view of graduation.
5. Game board
You can get all sentimental with your mortar board with the aforementioned options, or you can be a little tongue and cheek with it. Considering mortar boards are in fact boards, you can design the flat space to look like a game of checkers, Monopoly or any other familiar thing that would fit well on a mortar board space.
Do you have any other suggestions? Comment and let us know!
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