Number One College Question
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 • 7:14pm
How successful is your career center in placing graduates in desirable jobs?
Do you remember how fast your college years went by?? What may seem like an easy college choice today for your child can become far more complicated when they are closer to graduation and facing the job market. Two of my children are presently (thankfully) employed in their respective disciplines. But, I realize that we did not consider their job opportunities at all when we were looking at colleges. We hear a lot about the difficult job market and how young people are struggling to get jobs. College graduates are no exception. The more you know now, the better off your student will be.
When you visit a college, visit their career center. Yes, stop by. Ask them not only what services they provide but what their placement statistics are. This must be case specific. If you have a business or finance major, there may be more employment options. What career advice does the college offer to the Fine Arts major, Philosophy major, or the Art History major? Do they have career paths for students who hold majors that are not considered hugely popular?
Pay careful attention to “Graduate School Placement” and “Career Placement.” What can a student do with their bachelor’s degree? Will a lack of career choices result in your student being encouraged to go to graduate school because a better option does not exist?
Consider internship placements also. Is the college proactive in placing undergraduates in opportunities to learn about the workplace? How often are there career fairs and what employers actively recruit on campus?
While I may be posing many questions here, let’s get back to the number one question that you can take to your college visits. How successful is your career center in placing graduates in desirable jobs? The answer that you get to this question may actually influence your student’s college choice.
Marina Kennedy is a reporter for The Alternative Press and teaches for Westfield Co-op and MORE of Westfield. She has two children presently attending college and two who have graduated from college and are in the workplace. She and her husband Chuck gained some practical knowledge after watching their four children apply to college. She will be sharing some tips in her column, "College Logic" to address some of the situations that face parents and their college bound teens. Her column will appear monthly in The Alternative Press.
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