Launch Your Career in College: Strategies for Students, Educators, and Parents

By Adele M. Scheele | Go to book overview

Chapter 1
Transforming the College Experience

Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.

— William Butler Yeats

College is an experiment in hope. It is also a risky investment of thousands of dollars and many years of study. Whether it is a matter of graduate or undergraduate school, a 2-year or an 8-year program—the 2000 Current Population Survey found that fifteen million people dedicate part of their lives to attending college. For the time and money spent, students rightly expect a great return in the form of a professional career. Having a college degree makes students nearly 40% more likely to gain access to jobs of importance and allows for quick career advancement beyond the entry level. Still, we expect even more: a ticket to the outside world and an enhanced identity.


MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Here's an example of someone who was a good student and did everything she thought was right. But she couldn't find a job after she graduated and thought she had wasted her college experience. This, like all the stories included in this book, is a true story.


Suzie's Story: Voulez-Vouz Fries with That?

Suzie was used to getting As. She graduated at the top of her small liberal arts college class with a BA in French—went to class and studied by

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