COLLEGE TODAY: THE BEST – AND WORST – OF TIMES
To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it is the best of times and it is the worst of times for American higher education.A college education is more widely available than at any time in our nation's history, with well more than two-thirds of high school graduates attending college in the year following high school, and more than 80 percent beginning their higher education within a few years.
A Q&A You Can Use With Your Friends
Since September 2003, with your support, I have been steering College Parents of America's advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., supporting legislation and rule-making that reduces the complexity of the education planning process and makes college more affordable for families. If your family members, friends and neighbors can be convinced to join you as a member of our organization, then our advocacy efforts can become even more effective, as they will be "on behalf of" an even greater number of people.
Colleges Can Save Money by Adopting Better Business Practices
It’s not exactly a newsflash that one of the many ways that U.S.-based businesses are gaining productivity – and saving money – is through outsourcing of certain functions. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some colleges and universities, in searching for ways to keep their own expenses down, are also looking to outsource. […]
Getting a Job at Google
The New York Times has recently run a series of articles on how to get hired at Google. However, finding a job at Google is a years-long topic among multiple media outlets. Google's Senior Vice President of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, has given quite a few interviews on how to stand out in the application process and how to fit Google's desired criteria in the interview process. Not interested in working for Google? Bock's tips should be helpful to most college grads in their current career search.
On the Dangers of College Degrees and Overspecialization
(Penn State's Fall Career Days, pic by Penn State Live)
College Grads, Unemployment & More than a Resumé
While the economy is slowly recovering, some recent college graduates are still struggling to find work.
Why College Is Worth the Investment
We fundamentally believe in the value of higher education to advance the quality of the lives of the students, families and communities where they eventually serve.
“Did You Get a Job Yet?” The Fine Line Between Hassling & Encouraging
Landing a job just out of college is not as easy as it used to be. With a tight job market and struggling economy, recent college graduates are competing with their peers and seasoned professionals for entry-level positions in their field.
How to Help Your Student’s Career without Being a Helicopter Parent
The term “helicopter parent” is widely associated with children of Generation Y, also known as Millennials. Many say that the parents of Gen Y tend to “hover over” their children and pay extremely close attention to their experiences and problems, often trying to help their children avoid life’s obstacles along the way.
How to Talk to Your Student About Different Types of Internships
Internships are an essential way for your student to gain experience and skills in today’s competitive employment marketplace. Not only do most college programs require at least one internship for a student to graduate, but also many entry-level jobs require internship experience to apply (and employers want candidates who have that experience under their belt!).