Can you identify five myths and five truths about the job & internship reality facing today's graduates?
- Transferable skills are key factors to student employability no matter his or her major.
- Individual and collaborative projects documented by papers, posters, presentations, or portfolio entries are crucial.
- Generalists are more sought after than specialists.
- “Qualified for” trumps “passionate about” when seeking job and internship interviews and offers.
- Students should take a year or two off prior to applying to graduate school.
- Faculty-recommended graduate programs should be contacted and investigated earlier then senior year.
- “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer when students are questioned about career and graduate school goals.
- Students must prioritize rather than seek to synthesize diverse academic pursuits.
- Internship- and career-seeking students and graduate school applicants should keep options open, not focus.
- Faculty should share academic and career biographical information with students whenever circumstances allow.
Which five are common messages all must like a Clarion resoundingly trumpet? Together let’s learn and express realities of today, inspiring effective student career, internship and graduate school strategies for the future. Comments?
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Burt Nadler, Director
Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center