As my college graduation approached some years ago, I was jobless and scared. I decided I’d enlist in the Navy and work in communications. To my relief, with a persistent pursuit and the help of advisors at my alma mater, I was offered a job just in time.
Apparently, the recent Monroe College graduate who has garnered attention for her plans to sue the college for what she describes as the school’s poor effort in getting her a job, hasn’t been so fortunate. She’s not alone, though. She graduated with a 2.7 grade point average and a bachelor’s degree in information technology three months ago, in the teeth of a deep recession.
Yet, she wants payback — literally — for the $72,000 she spent on tuition and for the stress that has come with an unfruitful job search.
CNN.com tells the story of Trina Thompson, a 27-year-old from the Bronx in New York. Thompson told CNN:
“They’re supposed to say, ‘I got this student, her attendance is good, her GPA is all right — can you interview this person?’ They’re not doing that,” she said.
A lot of people might advise Thompson to stand in line along with thousands of Americans — recent grads, mid-career folks and seasoned veterans — who like her are looking for work.
“This is the most challenging year we’ve seen,” Catherine Neiner, director of career planning at Agnes Scott College in Decatur told the AJC in May about job placement efforts for graduates.
But there are more focused actions Thompson and other college graduates can take, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Here are the highlights:
Many recent college graduates have decided to go on to graduate school, get post-graduate internships, work overseas and volunteer, among other choices.
What advice would you have for recent graduates? What do you think of Thompson’s choice to sue her alma mater?
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