How to Guarantee Your Child Gets a Job After College: Part II

Step #2: Select a great college. There are only 3 things you need to really consider when selecting a college. Is the college a good fit…

  1. Socially. Will my child be able to succeed on a social level at this college? Believe it or not, this is one of the biggest reasons kids drop out or transfer. It pays to factor this criteria in when selecting a school.
  2. Academically. Will my child get a great education that prepares them for the next step in life? It’s good to research the job placement track record graduates from each college have.
  3. Financially. Can we pay for this college without taking on massive debt or hurting our chances of achieving our other financial goals?

If all 3 of those criteria can be met, the chances of your child having a great college experience are high. Make sure and judge each college using this 3-point test.

Step #3: What to do during college to get ready for employment after graduation.

  1. Do internships or take summer jobs in potential career-related fields. There is nothing better than finding out what a job is like than to actually do it. And if that’s not possible, work in an office where the job you want is being done. Either way you’ll get firsthand knowledge of the career you want.
  2. Work with the college career center to start developing a network of alumni who might be able to help you get interviews.
  3. Work on your interview skills.
  4. Build your resume.

**Bonus Step**: What to do after your child graduates.

  1. Create a narrow list of 1-2 types of jobs you want.
  2. Create a list of potential employers. (A great place to start is to look at any list from the previous year of “fastest growing companies.” These companies will more than likely be hiring.)
  3. Identify contacts at potential employers. Friends, family, or alumni of the college you attend could already be working at this company or place of employment. Do some research on the company and then reach out to your contact at the company.
  4. Ask your contact questions about their employer; e.g., How did they get hired? (Try and develop a relationship with each contact)
  5. Ask your contact to review your resume.
  6. Ask your contact for an “employee referral” if possible.

Until next time,

Scott Weingold

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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News,, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.