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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.

 

 

 

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.

College Student Shares Career Choice Anxiety

By Maria Elena Robles

For many students who are majoring in media, fine arts, photography, architecture, etc., finding a job after graduating for college is tough…or so I heard.

According to this article titled, “Don’t Let Your Kids Study These Majors,” by Danielle Blundell it states, “according to the Georgetown report, there’s a 12.6 percent rate of unemployment amongst recent graduates who majored in fine arts.”

Honestly, statistics like these allow me to doubt pursuing my goals. If this is for fine art majors, imagine what the statistics would be for fashion design students.

I remember coming to Burlington County College. I was so pumped and ready to learn how the fashion industry works. My fire was burning! Of course when anyone goes into something with the excitement I had, the result of becoming “burnt out” is can be a possibility.

My confidence level dropped so low like the stock markets in 08’. The fear of not being as great as my colleagues came to mind, as well as being screamed at by an authority in the fashion industry.

One of my instructors from BCC actually told me to pursue a degree in fashion merchandising instead because at least I would have a job. And in all in the midst of my doubt, confusion, stress, and depression, God was telling me to still go for fashion design.

I admit I do have concerns like seeing my high school classmates get a degree before I do or a full-time job before I do. I wondered, “How can I praise God with what I do?”

What I have learned is for someone to worship God doesn’t necessarily mean to raise my hands to the sky and sing. By using my gifts and talents is giving God praise and going to wherever He wants me to go.

So I do want to design clothing as a career, as well as do other artistic things like photography, crafting, jewelry, and maybe even teach. But I’m not sure whether to minor in business administration (to at least understand how business works) or minor in merchandising and textile. Merchandising includes business and fashion so I get the best of both worlds. I would also like to learn more about textiles and discover a way to use glass as a fiber again.

I’ve decided to take the fall semester off to work and earn money to attend Philadelphia University, find scholarships, and maybe take an accessories course at FIT in NY just to keep myself busy.

Yes, I could study for the areas that the article listed, get the income I would like to have, but what’s the point if all I’m going to do is wake up every morning and complain about my job? I don’t know about you but I want to live like every day is my first (not my last). Like babies, who come into the world, all they want to do is discover the environment that they’re in. I want to discover what God has to offer and have faith like a child.

 

 

Summer Interns at Dream Purposefully Empowerment Services

For many students not taking summer courses, the semester came to an end about a month ago. But that doesn’t mean they’ve taken their eyes off of their goals.

A few of my journalism students from the Spring semester have joined Dream Purposefully Empowerment Services for the summer to write blogs on their own personal journeys as students. It’s a win-win situation for both them and I and a true example of how education really works. We serve as teachers and students to each other, sharing our experiences and expertise.

So, look out for their writings. Who better to tell the journey of a college student than a current college student?

If you or any other college student you know is interested in blogging for the summer, please contact me at my personal email address mignon.brooks@gmail.com or call me at (609) 932-0483.

Dream the Big Dream

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Every time I talk to college students, I hear societal beliefs and stories that would throw anyone within a sinking habour of fear. The economy is bad. Jobs are not available. College students are not entering the workforce with the capabilities to work jobs. It will be impossible to get financial assistance for college. This list goes on and on.

If we accept these beliefs, we are in a world of trouble. The good news is that we do not have to accept the perceptions of others as our reality. We do not have to play it safe. The only reason anyone plays it safe is because of the fear of not being able to create secure lives for ourselves. It is only when we realize that external securities are not real anyway, we can let go and be the person the universe needs and wants us to be.

The world is not a big monster waiting for us to fail. Instead, each of us are pieces of a puzzle to link together and support each other. If we are not living our dream, we are actually being selfish. We are being that puzzle piece that refuses to share our gifts with the other pieces, leaving an empty space. That empty space does not just hurt the puzzle. It actually hurts us just as much.

H. Jackson Brown Jr. had it right. Disappointment does not come by the means of pursuing our dream and hitting bumps and bruises along the way. Disappointment comes from not trying. Even when the bumps and bruises of life show up, a mistake or bad decision has not been made. These situations show up to teach us that there is more for us to learn and more opportunities for us to do just as Brown said – explore, dream, and discover.

The learning process never ends. It is a continuous process that will last well beyond twenty years. So we might as well dream the big dream and have fun living it out.