How to Guarantee Your Child Gets a Job After College

A small liberal arts school, Albion College in Michigan, recently declared that they would guarantee students “meaningful employment” after graduation.

That’s quite a bold claim. And the timing of it couldn’t be better.

The last two years have been some of the toughest environments for graduating college seniors looking for employment.

If the goal of sending your child to college is so they can get a job when they graduate, by all means keep reading.

For some strange reason the goal of gaining employment after college gets lost. And it’s a little puzzling to me. The fact remains one of the most important aspects of college is to become employable when you graduate. Maybe because kids and their parents assume they’ll deal with it in the future. And there are much more pressing issues to deal with, such as:

  • What to major in when they do go to college?
  • What college they will attend?
  • How will they pay for college?

But as unemployment continues to rise, college graduates are finding the hunt for a job to become quite a challenge. And unfortunately most kids are unprepared for this challenge. So instead of hitting the ground running when they graduate with a job lined up, kids are moving back in with parents in alarming numbers until they figure out what they’ll do next.

Some of this has to do with the times. But an enormous amount of this has to do with the fact that kids are unprepared. And it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, every child and their parents should select a major and a college with an end goal in mind of “how is this going to help me become employed when I graduate?” Or, “how is this major, or college degree going to help me take the next step in life?” I say next step because some kids are going to want to become lawyers, doctors, and any number of other professions that require additional schooling after obtaining an undergrad degree.

That said, here are the steps for practically guaranteeing your child gets a job after college:

Step #1: Select a major

This can be easier said than done. But here are several questions and tips your child can use when considering a major. Keep in mind that a college major doesn’t set the course for the rest of your life. It’s merely a starting point.

1. What courses have you done well in previously?

2. Land internships. They’ll be a big help in getting a feel for the kind of jobs you could get with different majors.

3. What fields of industry could a potential major be applied?

4. Is there growth in the fields that interest you? Are graduates with this major being hired right out of college? Is additional training required?

5. What kind of income/earning potential of jobs are related to certain majors?

6. Be flexible knowing that even during college it is possible to change a major if you are completely unhappy with what you initially chose.

Follow this link for Part 2: How To Guarantee Your Child Gets a Job After College

Until next time,

Scott Weingold
Publisher, CollegeMadeSimple.com

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1 Comment

Dana DavidsonSeptember 12th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Scott:

As a parent with a child on his way to college, I have been looking for advice on ll of the issues that you cover.

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