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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 or contact Mignon Brooks, Collegiate Career Coach, at (609) 932-0483.




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.


Free Workshop Starts This Monday

Free Workshop Based on The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz


Mondays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Location: The Recovery Center

108 Somerdale Road

Voorhees, NJ 08043


By Completion of this Workshop, You Will Feel Empowered to Let Go of Self-Limiting Beliefs Through:


v   Becoming Impeccable With Your Word

v  Letting Go of Taking Things Personally

v  Ridding Yourself of Making Assumptions

v  Always Practicing to Do Your Best


Contact: Mignon Brooks (609) 932-0483 or


Please come equipped with your own book. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz can be found at your local bookstore. Workbooks will be provided for you.

Study Abroad – Be Prepared for the Journey Ahead

By: Bianca Phelps

More and more young people want to get out to explore the world. They want to learn about different countries and cultures. It is tempting to leave the comfort zone and explore something new.

One way to do so, are the study abroad programs offered at many  colleges and universities.

It is a good opportunity to satisfy the travel bug, while earning credits at the same time. Students can either take a few classes or even earn a degree while staying in a different country. However, as anything else new, there can be some bumps and curves on the way.

A couple of years ago I was ready for a change.

In 2010, I decided to move from Germany to the United States of America. The main reason for my move was to visit my American family. While here, I also wanted to further my education and get some exposure to a different environment all together.

I am lucky by having family in the US to support and encourage me. When I first arrived, I left with family members for about a year. Many of the international students do not have families in their country of choice. That means it is very important to find a place where they feel comfortable.

Once I attended Burlington County College, it was hard to find a connection to other people at first. As a community college, BCC has many local students. What that means is that most of the students know each other from a very early age. They either went to school together or attended the same high school. That means that there is a strong bond inside those groups. As a newbie, it can be hard to break into these groups.

One main thing you should do once you are in a college or university is get involved in activities as quick as possible.

I accidently found the International Office around my second week at BCC. I signed up for a membership and support it ever since. The Office of the International Club in particular helped me a lot to adjust to the school environment.

There I found people with a similar background. With that, I do not mean the country of origin but the struggle of adjusting to a new environment, and while mentally still trying to concentrate my studies.  It can be your home away from home. Students have the chance to talk about their personal experience and get advice and understanding from others.

 For further information on how to get started as an International Student at Burlington County College go visit: This website gives you information about all aspects concerning your visit to the United States of America and BCC.

A journey like this is not always easy but worth the effort. It made me a bigger person. I am much more independent and am not scared of new challenges as quickly as I was before. My goal for the near future is to earn my Bachelor’s Degree and grow as a global citizen.



MLK and the Message to Help Others to Improve Your Job Situation

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, I decided to explore more about a man who stood for equality for everyone. For me, the most impressive part of his life was his selfless character and his spiritual mission to help others.

In applying this to my own life, I do not only look at this one particular day in which we remember him. I take it a step further and look for opportunities where I can help and be of service to others each and every day in my life, ad Martin Luther King, Jr. did.

Many of you might or might not know that I am a huge fan of inspirational quotes. And trust me; Martin Luther King Jr. has a lot of them that I hold so precious in my heart.

As a collegiate career coach, who works with clients in developing a plan to spiritually and clearly help others to identify the talents they have been blessed with and use them to live the purpose of their lives, I, of course, found a Martin Luther King Jr. quote that relates to my own personal ministry and the clients I have the opportunity to work with.

He said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”

This means that no matter what our job is, we have a responsibility to do it with passion. This might get difficult sometimes because there are many people who fit into the following categories: frustrating job situations, loss of a job, working at a job that seems not to click with whom you are, feeling unappreciated at work, etc. This list can go and on and on.

These stumbling blocks can be a heart-wrenching situation. I know from personal experience from some of the jobs I have had in the past. From my experience and the experience of many clients I have worked with, I do know this – accepting your situation and doing your best to be helpful to others can and will turn the situation around.

Don’t believe me? Try it! What do you have to lose? When you wake up in the morning, ask yourself, “How can I be helpful to others?” The more helpful you are at your job, the more you are actually fulfilling yourself as well. It is what I like to call a win-win situation.


Mignon Brooks

Collegiate Career Coach

(609) 932-0483