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Students Need A College Career Plan Before Leaving High School Not After Graduation
College and Career Strategist Elizabeth Venturini stresses goal of landing a job after obtaining a college degree
Parents and their college-bound students have reason to be concerned about the employment prospects of future college graduates. Earlier this week an Associated Press analysis of government data reported that half of new graduates with college degrees find themselves jobless or underemployed.
“With high tuition costs and a tight job market, today’s high school student needs to be researching potential career possibilities before they leave high school—not after they graduate,” says Venturini. She points out that without a plan students often flounder in college, taking useless classes, and changing majors because they never really knew what they wanted to study in the first place. Many wind up spending additional years in college trying to make up for lost credits, which costs additional tuition money. A little planning could keep students from graduating with an unmarketable degree.
Venturini says, “Next to the purchase of a home, a college education is the second biggest investment parents will ever make. Most reputable colleges cost anywhere from $110,000 to $240,000 for four years. Parents can’t afford to spend a small fortune on the wrong college or career path for their student. My mission is helping them focus on the end result of their student graduating from college – a successful job.”