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What’s Your College Degree Worth?

Here is what one jobseeker, Bea Dewing said rcently in an article for the Career Journal, “A degree isn’t any big guarantee of employment, it’s a basic requirement, a step you have to take to even be considered for many professional jobs.”

Having worked with hundreds of new college grads over the years, I am always amazed and how many of people still believe that the college degree is only the end of a dream. Granted, it is a big deal, but my role is always to remind them gently that although it marks a significant accomplishment, it is really just the beginning…again.

Except, that this time, you are armed with your new college degree!

As the job search wore on, Dewing pondered the value of her own college degree, when after a layoff from Sprint, she found it difficult to gain another job at the same rate.

The article continues on to say that Dewing now has a new appreciation for how insecure any job can be and how little a college degree by itself is really worth. “There is enough competition for entry-level positions that employers are going to ask, ‘What else did you do in college aside from academics”?

Let me be clear – academics are extremely important. However, new college graduates should know that employers want to see more than the college degree. They are looking for job seekers who have left a positive impact on their campus by being involved. The more campus involvement you have to show, the more competitive you will be.

The more positive campus involvement – honors program, student government, student professional organizations, study abroad, international programs, Greek life etc – the more competitive you will be.

So when we ask – How will your college degree be valued? By the quality of competitive graduates that are grad school ready or career ready.

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