A young friend of mine is currently in her senior year of college, where she is majoring in high school education. I guess you could say she was really “lucky” and came from a poor family. This meant that she qualified for a program through our state that provided free tuition, room and board, and money for textbooks and some incidental expenses for four years. Of course, there were stipulations to the program. She had to maintain a certain grade point average in high school and couldn’t have any run-ins with the law, such as alcohol or drugs. The program was also limited to state schools. But I fully realize (and I believe she does too) what an amazing opportunity this is for her to turn things around and get a great start in her adult life.

Congrats on Graduating… Now Comes the Hard Part

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  1. Sad day for me. I graduated with a degree in political science and although i had high hopes of having a good political career in a consultant firm things didnt work out and i am unemployed. But hey, at least i have a degree 🙁

  2. I always say to my kids that when they are in university they should always, ALWAYS take a co-op or internship. It will be the biggest aid in securing a job placement once graduated. In most cases, with the same business you had interned with.

  3. These days its not about having the degree as it is about having the experience to show them what you’ve done.

    Anyone can get a degree online. Work on your presentation and you will get far.

  4. Great advice in this piece! From experience i have gone through the ups and downs to job hunting after school and it was tough i wont lie.

    My best advice though is persistence. The degree does turn heads but for the most part people just don’t ask for it that often to warrant the student debt that goes along with having this paper.

  5. I still think college degrees are overrated. The worst are those types who are in graduate programs…they are people who don’t know what they want to do so they stay in school as long as possible.

  6. Booze and parties is my way of advanced planning. We only live once. Enjoy it while it lasts 🙂

  7. Most kids think having a degree will give them the edge in a job but that isn’t true most of the time. Its when this realization hits them that they feel lost and stop looking. I should know. I am one of those kids. The economy is tough right now but it’s always tough. Take what you can get and bit by bit things will improve.

    There is no magic bullet to success besides just jumping into the deep end and trying to stay above water.

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