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As parents, we have two visions of our children. In one, they’re finishing college with a great degree and heading into the workforce bent on making their mark in the world. In the other, they’re a college dropout, sleeping on our couch and playing video games at ten in the morning.
Both are extremes, but at a time when 85% of college graduates move back home, only 56% graduate in six years, and 35% never graduate, it’s easy to see why we worry.
So how do you make sure college is a career builder and not a career buster?
Creating a Successful College Student
TurningCollege Into a Successful Career
Career planning begins in high school. Take classes related to your likely career, research what jobs will be hiring when you graduate, know what salary you can expect and what level of education you’re going to need. These steps are the beginning of a long list of what you need to do before you get to college (where that list gets longer. But it works to ensure a smooth transition from higher education to hired hand.
So research careers thoroughly. Knowing what a job entails will tell you what you need to succeed. Then add those steps to your long-term goal. That’s the difference between being a college success and a college dropout.
RSC’s Job Research Tools Include:
· Videos on hundreds of careers
· Hiring projections
· Educational needs and targets
· Starting and mid-career salaries
· Job/internship strategies
· Workforce skills assessments
· Career interest profilers
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