Put College to Work: How to Use College to the Fullest to Discover Your Strengths and Find a Job You Love Before You Graduate

Put College to Work: How to Use College to the Fullest to Discover Your Strengths and Find a Job You Love Before You Graduate

by Kat Clowes


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The future looks bleak for today's college graduates: 53 percent of Millennials are jobless or underemployed after graduating college, and 36 percent have moved back in with their parents. College tuition has tripled in the last decade, debt at graduation has risen to a full year's salary, and more graduates are forced to default on their student loans. Meanwhile, college is not preparing students for the modern job market—wages are stagnating, employers aren't hiring, and young people today can expect to change careers five or six times in their lifetime. The old rules for succeeding in college just don't work anymore. "Put College to Work" is the new rule book that shows how to make today's college environment work for you. "Put College to Work" presents a step-by-step plan to use the resources available to you in college (the resources you're already paying for!) to enhance your education with practical experience, make connections with employers, market yourself as a dynamic and creative employee—and land a job before you graduate. "Put College to Work" shows how to identify your strengths, find the right career field and major to pursue, leverage your skills, and create your own opportunities. You'll learn how to network to employers through your university's career center, alumni association, and major donors, plus the industry and research connections of your professors. Written by a Millennial for Millennials, "Put College to Work" is a supremely practical guide to how college really works today that will empower you to take action now to build your education, your career plan, your business contacts, and your job prospects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610352536
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 714,264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kat Clowes figured out college the hard way. Having been a college student without a clue, Clowes spent ten years after graduation learning how she could have used her college resources and tuition dollars to build her career. After earning an M.B.A. and building a successful executive career, Clowes is now an independent educational consultant helping students maximize their money and time in college to gain meaningful employment after graduation.

Table of Contents

First and Foremost Chapter 1: Chronology Of The Clueless Chapter 2: Knowing Your University Chapter 3: Financial Aid Chapter 4: The Career Center Chapter 5: Learning Differences Chapter 6: University Medical Center Chapter 7: Alumni Chapter 8: Counseling And Psychology Chapter 9: Learning Center Chapter 10: Specialized Institutes Chapter 11: Broke Student Discounts Chapter 12: Your Coursework Chapter 13: Professors Chapter 14: Discovering Yourself Chapter 15: Time Management And Productivity Chapter 16: Advocating For Yourself Chapter 17: Personal Branding Chapter 18: Organize Your Social Media Chapter 19: Interviews Chapter 20: Networking Chapter 21: Job Shadowing Chapter 22: Internships Chapter 23: Using Your Summers Chapter 24: Outside Resources Chapter 25: Community Involvement Chapter 26: Graduate School Chapter 27:The End or Is It?


Audience Overview: Graduating high school seniors: Each year millions of high school students apply to colleges and universities. Fewer than half finish college in four years or less, almost half never graduate from college. "Put College to Work" offers entering college students highly useful information about navigating the world of college, and especially useful for students in the lower- to middle-class income range who are depending on financial aid and want to get the most value for their money. Current college students: There are over 20 million college students in the United States. College students increasingly take longer to graduate, change their majors more than once, and find it difficult to secure employment after graduation. "Put College to Work" helps these students find focus in college and develop a personal curriculum that will lead to a fulfilling career. Parents of graduating high school seniors and college students: Parents need a guide to the new world of college as much as their children do. An increasing number of college students are the first in their families to attend college, and college-educated parents find their own college experience doesn't help their children navigate today's rapidly changing college environment and job market.

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