(Closed) Student bees, did you feel prepared for college and work, why or why not?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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!

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