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Questions Answered: I’m on academic probation; will I still get a job?

academic_probationQuestion: I am finishing my freshman year in college as a computer science major. I did really well in high school and have always been a good student (like 4.0 from sophomore to senior year in hs) but suddenly I am failing!! I am now on academic probation and if I don’t raise my gradse then I’d be kicked out! My classmates and parents tell me this will make it impossible to get an internship or get a job. Will this ruin my chances to get a internship or a job??? ~ Ju-won P., Portland, OR

Answer: First things, first. We need to determine the root cause of your failing grades. In the long run, employers care most about a continuous pattern of behavior. If this academic year is just an anomaly, (i.e., it never happens again), then the negative impact of this year’s low grades will be minimal. However, if you are not able to identify what caused your grades to drop this year, are not able to remedy the situation, and therefore continue with a pattern of low grades, then yes, your chances of finding internships and jobs will be negatively impacted.

There are many different reasons why grades can suddenly suffer. Here are just a few possible reasons why grades could suddenly drop and tips for pulling your grades back up.

1. Too much autonomy – As a first year student, you may be adjusting to having a lot more autonomy and not having teachers “nag” you about getting homework or assignments done.

  • Consider working with your school’s learning center to develop effective time management skills that will match your needs and personality.
  • You may also want to connect with a trusted friend or family member to act as an accountability partner to help you stay on task.


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12 Money-Saving Tips for College Students


  1. Sign up for rewards programs – many banks offer rewards or money-back programs for using their credit cards. However, as with any credit card, be sure you’re able to pay yours off each month or you’ll negate the money-saving benefits. Also, keep your eyes open for hidden fees. Other rewards programs can be as simple as coffee cards, or the like, that give you free product after purchasing a set number of items.
  2. Take advantage of student rates – a number of companies and professional associations offer discounts for college students. For example, Amazon Student gives students six months free access to their Amazon Prime program (minus instant video streaming), and then half-price on Amazon Prime after that. Hewlett Packard and Apple offer student pricing on electronics. And Sweet Careers provides free resume and cover letter reviews for current college students and recent graduates.
  3. Buy used textbooks – many schools will offer the option to buy used text books, or may have formal or informal exchange programs between students. In some cases, you may even be able to go without buying one or two textbooks in a given class! Many instructors will reserve copies of the textbook in the library for their students, however you will probably have to read the book in the library. Some students have also had success getting books through interlibrary loan.
  4. Shop using price matching – a number of grocery and retail stores offer price-matching programs that will match the price of a product that has been advertised for less at a different store. Walmart, Target, Best Buy and J.C. Penney are a few examples. This requires some coordination on your part, but can save quite a lot of money. If you are uncertain if a store offers price-matching, make a point to ask.
  5. Consider buying generic items – whether medication, personal care products, or food, many name brands have generic equivalents that are significantly cheaper. (more…)

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Leverage College Career Centers in Your Job Search

Guest Author: CareerAlley

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Francis Bacon

There’s nothing like great advice, especially if it is free. Of course, that is what the Internet is all about. In the “old days” (like when I went to college), the only way to get to your college career center was to visit it on campus. Now, most (if not all) career centers at colleges and universities have an online site. So, this not only gives you access to your college career center but potentially, to every college career center. Why, you may ask, do you care? Let’s face it. The only reason people go to college is to enable them to enter the field of their choice. If college did not help you get into the field of your choice, no one would go. College career centers are designed to help you enter the workforce (or change jobs). Not convinced? Maybe today’s post will change your mind on the value of college career centers. (more…)

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Impressive Changes at WFU’s Office of Personal & Career Development

In December of 2008, I responded to an article by Wake Forest University president Nathan Hatch in which he laid out, among other things, the importance of enhancing college career centers in order to allow them to focus on career development, not just job placement. At the time, I absolutely agreed, but also offered my thoughts on how, from a […]

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