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Graduation with no job? Create your own.

I was reading an article yesterday about the percentage of jobs awaiting graduating college students for a local university.  The article reported 30% of the class had jobs waiting for them. 30 percent.  30 PERCENT!!!
 
Do I believe in education?  Absolutely, but 3 in 10 who will start their career with job in hand is tough to sell to high school seniors who will be entering college. What to do, what to do.
 
While you are in College, how about use the four years of study to plan out a business at the same time (just in case).  During summer school breaks, intern in the industry you want to work in post college.  This way you have a little experience and some connections when you finish school and are looking for a job.  It may require you to work for free but it beats the heck out of entering the workforce with no prospects and loans to be repaid in just a few short months.  If you can't get hired right away out of school then perhaps you could market your services to pick up small jobs here and there while you put your business plan into action.
 
I'm willing to bet there have been others in the past who have used the above mentioned approach.  I began my professional career by hiring a placement company to find me a job.  I graduated during a terrible period in the economy.  I did what I had to do (pay a placement fee) in order to begin my career.  Could I have done it differently?  Yes, but I didn't know how to solicit jobs for myself at the time or what steps to follow.
 
Oh, I made a terrible mistake when I graduated from college.  I wouldn't take any help from my Mother or anyone else because "I wanted to make it on my own".  That was one of the stupidest things I've ever done.  Everyone else used connections but I was too proud to take help.  I've learned since then to accept help whenever I need it.  Pride is one thing but eating on a regular basis is more important to me.
 
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Richard J. Garcia | 05/27/2010