They worked with tutors, coaches and maybe even college essay experts. You helped them do well in high school so they could get into a great college, and supported them through their college years so they could get a great job. Now, help them step from campus to career.
Did you know that:
- More than half of America’s recent college graduates are either unemployed or working in a job that doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree, the Associated Press reported in 2012.
- More than half of recent graduates surveyed in 2016 feel they are underemployed (Accenture Strategy 2016 U.S. College Graduate Employment Study)
- Average student loan debt is above $37,000; In Vermont the average debt is almost $30,000
- A Georgetown study suggests colleges need to do a better job of preparing graduates for the workforce
- 1/3 of grads feel that college didn’t prepare them well for the working word
- Millennials face higher university tuition and student loan debt than ever before, as well as stiffer competition when they enter the workforce.
- Because of the difficulties facing millennials, they are delaying important life decisions, like getting married, buying a home, starting a family.
The right internship or entry level job is key to your student, recent grad or young professional’s future success
- Real work experience is the most important factor when a recruiter reviews a resume
- While conventional wisdom has been to get a job to gain experience, starting salary does make a difference because it is the base upon which their income will grow over time.
Finding a job is hard
- Young people say they are often frustrated by the application process. They apply online and never hear back, leaving them to wonder if anyone even looked at their application.
- The process does not offer any feedback that would allow them to learn from their failures.
They need a strategy:
- Sending hundreds of generic resumes for whatever jobs are posted doesn’t work
There ARE jobs out there for young people!