Post # 1
Hey there student bees! I am doing a project for a one of my classes where I help an educational company. I am working with a company focusing on career and college readiness. I want to make sure that that they’re addressing the issues and skills that are really helpful. Would you drop me a quick line about what made/makes you feel prepared or unprepared to get into/succeed in college and/or a job? (ie. career class or modules in other classes, skills you’re gained and how you’ve gained them, counselors, mentors etc.) Thanks!
Post # 3
I have been out of school for awhile, but being school ready and work ready are two verrrrrry different topics. Not to mention the area of work and type of school one is going for.
Maybe you could be more specific?
Are you talking a 4 or 2 year college, a business or liberal arts focus, a commjunity college, an ivy league college. Also, what kind of job? One that you can get out of school, from a technical college, one you need advanced degress with or one you need an apprenticeship for?
Maybe these questions are the focus of your project. They need to define who they are targeting (target demographic) determine what they need and what they think they need (often different things) and address those and educate the consumer as to what they provide and why they need it. They can not be everything to everyone. They need to specialize.
Even in large univeristies, they have colleges that specialize in areas of studies for this reason.
Post # 4
I felt completely prepared for college, but it was mainly because I was taking AP classes and Dual Enrollment classes in High School….by the time I actually moved to a University, it was a cakewalk.
Now being prepared for grad school…..haha. Undergrad did NOT prepare me for this.
Post # 5
I felt I was prepared for college, and honestly, UC Irvine was easier than my AP classes in high school. Nothing, however, could have prepared me for going to the Art Institute for a degree in Animation. I worked more on homework in the first quarter there than I did in 2 years at a University. I also learned more, too.
As for my job – my first job was at Mervyn’s, which was a piece of cake. Didn’t really need prep for that as I was already a responsible person (I like to think). My schooling prepped me for my current job, as did my 4 years of management experience while in retail.
Post # 6
I graduated in May and am a scientist. The two things that helped me prepare for my career the most were my student job as a lab technician and doing a UROP (undergraduate reserach opportunity program) grant. I had to learn how to write a grant proposal which did get funded and then carry out the reaserch project. I believe it was comparable to doing a mini grad school because my PI didn’t teach undergrads and gave me a project that was an extension of his last grad student’s PhD.
Post # 7
Oh dear sweet goodness. I am finishing college in December and have been applying for jobs and it is terrifying. I think having more practical “This is what REAL interviewers exspect” and how to do a resume and cover letter before 3 months before graduation would help a lot. There are lots of people who have done that, but there are lots of us who came straight from high school into college and never had to have a real resume or anything because cashier and waitress jobs don’t care!
Post # 8
I felt prepared for college academically. I took AP and dual enrollment in high school. When I entered university, I already had more than 40 credits from that. Most of my university classes are far easier than some of my AP classes. And so much of it is fluff and not needed.
I agree with PP, that there needs to be more career preparation while in school. I don’t have a clue what I need to include on my resume as a teacher. I don’t know what they’ll ask in the interviews!
Post # 9
@ThreeMeers: Thanks for replying and asking these great clarifying questions!
The purpose of the program is to 1) help people (students and adults) decide which option is best for them, some kind of higher education (2 year, 4 year, vocational, specific schools) or some kind of employment (or both). And then 2) to help them learn about what they need to do to reach that goal (resumes, interviews, applications) and who can help them (parents, teachers, counselors).
The focus demographic is currently speicifically members of indigenous populations, though we are currently working on expanding to non-indegenous as well.
I hope that makes things a bit more clear, if any other questions come up I’d love to answer them!
Post # 10
@Ms.Pink: Thanks for replying! I found taking AP classes to be a big help as well, if only psychologically. What is it about your grad program that you don’t feel prepared for? I’m in one now too and am finding it very different from my undergrad 🙂
@StephieBee: Thanks for replying! What was it about the Art Institute you felt unprepared for? It sounds like there was a lot of work and very long hours!
@Eckle: Thanks for your reply! You sound like you’re in a reall exciting field! It seems like the practical experience and skills you gained have been really helpful, would you say that those were maybe more important than subject matter?
@chasesgirl: It is so daunting to apply for things after college! I felt like I’d have my whole life planned until then, and then….nothing! I also got my best training on resumes etc. in my last year of school (though I guess it was my fault for leaving that class until then!). I agree, we could focus a lot more on those practical skills and it would probably be helpful!
@bowsergirl: Thanks for your reply! I feel similarly. Looking back on my undergrad there is no need for me to explain theory in depth to anyone or anything like that, it’s mostly the skills that lalow me to actually do something that are still useful!