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Your college degree is worthless – Part 1

Your college degree is worthless…that is unless you learn to supplement it accordingly and market it effectively.  In Part 1 of this two-part post, we examine ways to supplement your college degree.
Before anything else, let me say this: YOU are in control of your career and your college education – don’t let that control slip away from you by handing over decision-making power to someone else. Of course it’s a good idea to ask for help from your parents, advisors, faculty, career counselors, friends, etc. But, the final decisions have to be yours.

Supplementing your college degree:

  • You’ve gone to college to learn, both inside the classroom and outside of it. What you learn and how much you learn is up to you.
    • For example, if you’re interested in pursuing a career in child development, and have signed up for a developmental psychology class, don’t assume your professor will bestow all that needs to be known about child development upon you. If there are certain aspects of child development that you know will be useful to you in your career (because you’ve been researching various employers in your field), utlize your prof’s office hours to discuss the topic in more detail. Think about writing a term paper on the subject. If you’re offered the opportunity to give a class presentation, make sure your presentation is about this topic.

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Questions Answered: Help! My son’s a college senior and hasn’t started job searching.

“My son is a senior in college and he hasn’t started his job search yet. I can’t seem to get him to get in high gear. I’m tempted to write his resume for him and just start sending it around but I’m pretty sure that’s a bad idea.Any suggestions?”

First of all, let me say that your son is fortunate to have a parent who is so invested in his future. You are right, however, that it would NOT be a good idea for you to write his resume for him, or to conduct his job search on his behalf.

There may be a number of factors contributing to your son’s apparent disinterest in starting his job search.
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