The Second Open Letter to Recent College Graduates and Their Parents
This article first appeared in print in Forest & Bluff, Hinsdale Living, and Sheridan Road Magazines. Â For a copy of the original letter,Â please click here
Todayâ€™s job search process is difficult on everyone, with plenty of tension, frustration andÂ challenges to go around. And within this pressure-packed environment there lurks an insidiousÂ career inhibitor: underemployment.
Most motivated college graduates vigorously pursue employment after graduation, but manyÂ are met with rejection or worse â€“ no feedback at all from the marketplace. Discouraged, manyÂ resort to what is commonly called the â€œfor nowâ€ job: working retail, waiting tables, bartendingÂ and working in call centers. Unfortunately, â€œfor nowâ€ doesn’t have a defined end-point, andÂ once the graduate is busy with his or her 40 hour per week job, thereâ€™s no time or energy left
for a full-time job search.
The potential long-term financial impact of accepting a position that may not require a four yearÂ degree, critical thinking, sound communication skills or analytical abilities, is significantÂ as well. Our research shows that the $18,000 difference in average annual starting salary ofÂ our clients ($38,000) versus a minimum wage â€œfor nowâ€ job ($20,000) yields a $200,000Â difference by year ten. Add this â€œopportunity costâ€ to the magnitude of the investment in theÂ college education already made, and the total is staggering.
Campus2Career consultants and advisory board members understand this problem of underemployment;Â and we know how to deal with it. We thoroughly prepare our clients for todayâ€™sÂ job search process for the right career. Clients discover what they want to do, for whom andÂ where. They learn how to market themselves on paper, via the telephone and in person.
End result: our clients are highly valued and sought after by organizations that they want toÂ join. The response from families in the North Shore of Chicago and elsewhere in the UnitedÂ States has been gratifying. More importantly, however, the results our clients have experiencedÂ have been exceptional â€“ each has landed the right job to begin his/her desired working career.
Please visit our website, campus2career.org, or call 312.343.5593 to learn more about C2C andÂ our process. This is the first step to discovering and achieving the right career path.