Essential Solutions for College Students in Job Market

No one is unaware about the United States economy being in the gutter. The unemployment rate is up and down the scale. And on top of it all, the government has officially shut down.

Regardless of these factors, it seems that college students, for the most part, seem to be surviving relatively well.

“I think it creates a lot of anxiousness,” Jayson Boyers, Managing Director at Vermont’s Champlain College, said about college students. “It raises the stakes for them.”

Boyers said the students he works with are using the conditions of the government as an opportunity. They are looking at starting their own businesses, working with gamming groups, participating in hack-a-thons with businesses, and getting internships much earlier in their college career.

“I think there’s an upside. Students are not taking it as victims,” Boyers said. “I think you’re seeing a line blur between college students and businesses. We’ve got to stop the echo chamber.”

The echo chamber, he explained, is the process of businesses telling colleges and universities what students need to be prepared for when they graduate, the colleges and universities preparing students for these things, businesses changing their standards, and then colleges and universities trying to keep up.

JED Foundation Medical Director, Dr. Victor Schwartz, said that according to last year’s statistics, 15 percent of college students experienced depression, 20 to 25 percent were diagnosed depressed, six to seven percent seriously thought about suicide, 30 to 35 percent were stressed out, and one percent attempted suicide.

While these statistics might seem drastic, Dr. Schwartz said they are actually better than the statistics for people of the same age group who are not enrolled in college with a support system to assist them.

Schools need to do the best they can about providing career opportunities. Those in the college community, Dr. Schwartz went on to suggest, need to identify students who appear to be out of the typical range and who show changes in self-care and behavior. Once these students are identified, they need to be directed to the departments and organizations with the resources to help them.

University of Houston Psychology Professor and Author of newly released book, Your Complete Guide to College Success, Dr. Donald J. Foss, said it still makes sense for students to proceed to college.

“There’s no doubt that students are stressed over money,” Dr. Foss said. “But the average income, the dollars and cents of it all, equals up to over a million bucks over a lifetime.”

To save money, he said, students should not delay their graduation date. Besides the added costs that colleges and universities cost in general, Dr. Foss said, a delayed graduation date will also delay the opportunity of a decent paying job.

In his book, Dr. Foss reveals four key areas college students must work on to be successful. He uses the acronym L.A.S.T., which represent coping with loneliness and isolation, taking action and avoiding alcohol and substance abuse, learning successful studying techniques, and managing time effectively.

For information on group workshops and one-on-one coaching that teaches students to become empowered to pursue their ideal career, visit www.collegiatecareercoach.com or contact Mignon Brooks, Collegiate Career Coach, at (609) 932-0483.

 

 

 

Government Shutdown Not Immediate Concern for Colleges and Students

What does the government shutdown mean to colleges and its students?

Right now, not much of anything.

Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Unity College in Maine, Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, said that the government shutdown thankfully came at a time when financial aid has already been disbursed to students.

“In the short run, students are not going to be directly impacted,” he said.

With none of us knowing how long the shutdown is going to last, Khoury said, this issue will go beyond colleges and students.

He went on to say, “In many cases, colleges have already budgeted and maintained student aid. Students do not need to be in angst about what is going to happen.”

The U.S. Department of Education currently website reads, “Due to a lack of appropriations, ED activities have been curtailed and most employees are on furlough.  ED.gov will not be updated during the shutdown. Updates will resume and ED will return to normal operations as soon as funding is restored.”

For information on how the U.S. Department of Education plans to proceed, check out their contingency plan for lapse distributed through September 27, 2013 by Acting Deputy Secretary James http://www2.ed.gov/about/furlough2013/contingency-plan.doc.

 

Emotions and Decision-Making for Students

America’s Psychiatrist, Media’s Psychiatrist, and Best Selling Author, Carole Liberman M.D., weighs in on how the unemployment rate and poor economy impacts decision-making for college students. She says:

“As a well known psychiatrist and author, who treats pre-college and
college students, I can answer your query.
The unemployment rate and poor economy is causing pre-college and
college students to feel depressed about their future.
Many shrug their shoulders and give up. Many opt for careers that
take  a shorter time to attain, since it feels like the extra years
won’t be  worth it in terms of financial success.
Most feel lost.
Students who had contemplated becoming physicians, for example, are
giving up their dream because they don’t want to deal with Obamacare
and socialized medicine.
Students who had contemplated becoming lawyers, for example, are
discouraged by the glut of lawyers and the realities of courts  closing
because of lack of funds.
There has been an epidemic of students returning home to live with
their parents because they can’t afford living in the dorm and/or
college tuition, or they can’t find a job after they
are graduated. The future looks bleak and many students are angry at
their parents’ generation and the government. These students often
fall into drug or alcohol addiction,
or escape into dead end jobs and dead end relationships.”

When asked how the college community and education activists can play a part in helping college students, she replied:

“The college community and/or education activists can help students  proceed with their dreams by giving lectures and organizing events  around inspirational topics, such as:

-Why choosing and following your passion should be based upon being  fulfilled by what you’re doing, not just upon what brings you material  wealth
-How to discover the simple pleasures in life
-If money can’t buy you happiness – how can you find it?
-How to choose a romantic partner based upon deeper values
-How to spot and avoid partners who are social climbers or gold-diggers”

For more information about Dr. Lieberman and her book Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Can Learn Their Secrets, visit www.drcarole.com or follow her Twitter page @DrCaroleMD.

First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word

Last Monday, a group of us began reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

In the chapter, “Domestication and Dream of the Planet,” we discussed our self-limiting beliefs. These are beliefs we picked up from our families, society, school, work, etc. The reason why they’re self-limiting is because these opinions, or agreements as Ruiz refers to them as, are not really the truth about life and limit us from fully being and expressing ourselves.

Our homework was to read the chapter, “The First Agreement,” and to be conscious of the first agreement throughout the week, which is to be impeccable with your word.

Ruiz defines impeccability as “without sin.” He says, “A sin is anything that you do which goes against yourself.”

My favorite part of being a teacher/life coach is that I get the opportunity to share the experience with my class. After reading, “The First Agreement,” I see how I use the word against myself and my capabilities.

I use it when it comes to the things I can and cannot accomplish with my business. I use the word to gossip about others when I do not agree with their opinions. If someone uses the word against me and I agree, there I go again using the word to reject myself. In reality, the poison that person says to me has nothing to do with me, but has everything to do with them.

One example that I’ve encountered many times is at work. If my co-workers have disliked the boss or someone else in the workplace, it captures my attention and then off to the races I go with the belief that the person is whatever someone else said about them.

A couple weeks ago, the timing belt in my car broke. I had only bought the car a month prior to this happening. My cousin, who works on cars, checked the car out before I bought it. When I found out that fixing this timing belt was going to cost me around $3,000 if I’m lucky, I spread the poison to my cousin.

Since then I have apologized, but depending on what mindset he was in when I spread the poison, this could have been completely detrimental to him and what he thought of his abilities. Thankfully, he forgave me and realized that I was having a rough week.

“Mostly we use the word to spread our personal poison – to express anger, jealousy, envy, and hate,” Ruiz said. The word is pure magic – the most powerful gift we have as humans – and we use it against ourselves.

For me, there are two important actions that lead us to be more impeccable with our word.

The first one is creating positive affirmations with ourselves. When we feel good about ourselves and truly love who we are, we are more patient, tolerant, loving, and open-minded when it comes to others. Creating these positive affirmations can turn around our perspective of what is really ailing us that most on the inside.

The second one is surrounding ourselves around people who have similar goals: to become more spiritually free.

People always thank me for helping them on their journey and are surprised when I thank them. I thank them because they are open-minded to change, which continues to inspire me to do the same.

 

ChemDraw ~ Favorite Things Series

Imagine the capability of sitting in a chemistry classroom where a professor flicks information to the students, and the students flick their answers right back to the professor.

Through the use of ChemDraw and Chem3D apps newest feature, Flick-to-Share, this is how Professor Layne Morsch conducted his Organic Chemistry class this summer at University of Illinois-Springfield. He armed his students with iPads, and then drawing structures and reaction mechanisms were freely being exchanged in and outside of the classroom.

“I really liked seeing my students involved and engaged.” Morsch said. “One hundred percent of them were engaged.”

Prior to using Flick-to-Share, Morsch said, he noticed that many of his students were hesitant to take down notes.

“A lot of students didn’t want to write the wrong thing in their notebooks,” he said.

Adding the technology component changed that fear. With the increase in participation, Morsch said, he would look at the information shared by his students and give them feedback immediately or right after class.

ChemDraw software has been a staple in the scientific world to draw and share chemical structures since it was first launched in 1986 by PerkinElmer. The expansion of this technology makes the capabilities accessible for anyone.

“The launch of ChemDraw and Chem3D technology in a mobile form is a major milestone in the field of scientific computing,” said Michael Stapleton, Vice President and General Manager, Informatics at PerkinElmer. “As the global leader in chemical drawing, we can now provide all chemists – from research scientists to high school students – with cost effective, portable and accessible applications that capture and share their moments of inspiration. Now everyone, from relative newcomers to the most experienced chemists, can quickly sketch and save ideas and then easily share them, bringing the power PerkinElmer’s ChemDraw and Chem3D technology to the fingertips of researchers.”

Morsch said Flick-to-Share is very easy to use. Students do not have to use a stylus or anything. They can just use the swipe of their fingertip for the magic to occur, regardless of geographic location.

To find out how to tap into the technology at PerkinElmer for your school, call 1-877-PKI-NYSE or visit www.perkinelmer.com. Engage in the conversation online to keep up with how Flick-to-Share and other technology at PerkinElmer are breaking barriers of the scientific world at www.twitter.come/perkinelmernews.