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Colleges with great support and career counseling departments

SNMoreSNMore Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
A number of our friends with kids without challenges have been frustrated by the fact that their kids graduate from colleges (often with debt) and are unable to find jobs. We'd like our son...who is very interested in cooking, animals and writing to be fully "launchable" when he finishes college. Any thoughts or recommendations on how to make this a reality would be much appreciated!

Replies to: Colleges with great support and career counseling departments

  • zannahzannah Registered User Posts: 544 Member
    Lots of parents are frustrated when their children are unable to find employment. Colleges have questioned the need to maintain programs such as teacher education when there are limited teaching opportunities. Yet lots of students still seek teacher education. However, to reduce teacher education problems is expensive, although not as costly as restarting a program when new teachers are needed. Academic programs/majors are simply unresponsive to variations in the job market and then there are swings in the economy. I think there are few degrees/programs that can assure employment for all new graduates, especially when a student's interests are factored into the equation. Graduates are lauchable upon graduation, but the target may be unclear when the need for a job rolls around. Versatility is always the best option. Just as there are no guarantees of admissions to qualified students with or without disabilities, there,is no guarantee of jobs after graduation in specific fields.

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,448 Senior Member
    edited June 22
    Colleges such as Denison or Dickinson have excellent career center and not only advise but help students find internships.

    Many state flagships have good career centers although that varies -Rutgers was criticized for its career services and has been working on improving; Penn State has been known for its career services and has been known for being a favorite of employers and strong alumni network. Women's colleges tend to have a big focus on professional preparation and achievement as part of their 'women empowerment ' mission.
  • PetraMCPetraMC Registered User Posts: 196 Junior Member
    I think academic and departmental advising are going to be more important for selecting a major that has better career prospects. Career services can help for sure but if you've chosen a major that has bleak prospects, it's going to be too late.

    It might be a good idea to search LinkedIn to see where grads from College X, Major Y (graduating years 20XX-20YY) are working.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,448 Senior Member
    Depends on the college. At most top colleges, it doesn't matter what you major in, what matters is professional skills acquired through internships as well as critical skills you can demonstrate one way or another.
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