25 Ways to Make College Pay Off: Advice for Anxious Parents from a Professor Who's See It All

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Overview

In the next few years, parents can expect to spend more than $40,000 per year on their child’s college tuition. While that number may seem frightening, it is not as grim as the statistics that predict their child’s chances of actually finding a job after graduation. Only about 20% of employers believe college graduates are ready for the workforce, and only 40% of graduates will find a job that will ensure their financial independence. The good news is that with the right advice, parents can turn their pricey investment into one that truly yields a high return and a rewarding career for their son or daughter. Professor Coplin offers honest advice for parents who want their child’s college experience to ensure future success– both financially and emotionally. Parents will learn how to help their college-bound student:

• develop skills employers actually want

• get their first job

• treat career services as their best ally

• explore a variety of career paths

• realize the importance of the unpaid internship

• and more.

A unique and no-nonsense blueprint, 25 Ways to Make College Pay Off will show parents how to mentor and guide their child through college so that he or she gets the most out of the experience and leaves prepared for the real world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814474563
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Bill Coplin, Ph.D. (Fayetteville, NY) has been the director and professor of public affairs at Syracuse University for more than 30 years and is the author of How You Can Help and the acclaimed 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
25 Ways to Make College Pay Off     xiv
Three Goals for Career Success Through College     1
Skills     3
Character     8
Career Exploration     17
Building a Good Relationship with Your Child     27
Focus, Focus, Focus     29
The Goldilocks Principle     39
A Plan Is a Beautiful Thing     53
The High School Years as Career Preparation     63
Is Your Child College Material?     65
Get College Credits in High School     77
The Application Process as a Career-Development Test     88
Choosing a College Based on Career Mission     96
Academics: The 50-50 Principle     111
The Limits of Academic Course Work     113
Beware of Academic Overachievement     125
Transferring Is Like Moving to a New House     135
Graduation: Early, On Time, Late, or Never     141
The Other 50 Percent     151
The College of Hard Knocks     153
Student Activities     161
Jobs During the Academic Year     173
Summer Is a Time for Real-World Learning     182
Get offCampus for at Least One Semester     193
Look Elsewhere for Skill-Driven Courses     200
Post-College Paths     209
Graduate School Should Not Be a Default Option     211
Securing That First Job     223
Succeeding in the Workplace     239
Index     251
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