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Why college students stop short of a degree?!

While reading this article, I was alarmed by the percentage of students that were dropping out of college. The article does go on to say , staying in college and going to a college ( you can afford) is recommended. Rather than leaving without a degree because of a financial burden or simply because you have to work at it.

(In my opinion) unless, you have that dream job on lockdown, STAY and complete your degree. The work force is way too competitive not to be a college graduate.

So to quote Thomson Jefferson “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/27/us-attn-andrea-education-dropouts-idUSBRE82Q0Y120120327

Stay strong and study hard,

Jennifer Cox

Account Manager

UD On Campus

#collegedropouts

#collegeexpenses

#determination

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Hiring of College Graduates Expected to Increase in 2012

CBS (MoneyWatch) reported yesterday, according to a survey conducted by Michigan State University, more than 3,300 employers said the hiring of college graduates is expected to increase 4 percent across all degree levels.  These findings resonate with what we’re hearing as well.

Alex, a May 2011 graduate from UNC said the results don’t surprise her. “I wasn’t worried during my 1st semester of senior year, but 2nd semester I started to worry when I wasn’t getting quality responses from employers.  With the market turning around, I have to think that employment numbers for college grads will continue to increase.”

Alex would consistently send 15 resumes and cover letters a week to recruiters.  She landed 6 in-person interviews from her search.  “I imagined a scenario where there was a guy sorting stacks of resumes in the back room,” she joked.  “I had to think that resumes with college degrees and internships went in pile 1, and non-degrees went in pile 2. A college degree didn’t guarantee me a job, but I felt confident in my search because of my internships and experience.”

Her advice for current students, and post-grad friends still looking for a job:  “Explore various fields and make sure your resume and cover letters have a unique look.  Pinpoint exactly how you’ll add value to a company, and research your interviewer.”

“Try internships,” Alex added. “As many as you can.  Many of my friends were offered full time jobs from internships they took, and I’ve learned that my ability to communicate in the work place, my positive personality, and all my different experiences really made me stand out when I was interviewing.”

Submitted by: Jennifer Balyint @ UDOC

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More Colleges Offer Tuition Guarantees

With rising costs of education and state and local budget cuts, students need to become more savvy shoppers when determining where to pursue their degree.  We hear too many stories of students’ inability to finish their degree in 4 years due to reduced course offerings and poor planning advice. 

The Wall Street Journal posted an article on 11/27 that stated, “more colleges are offering four-year degree guarantees, where you don’t pay extra if your child’s education spills over into additional semesters.”

“The guarantee is currently being offered by about 20 private colleges and a few public schools, says Tony Pals, a spokesman for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and an increasing number of schools are slated to offer the option in the fall of 2012.”  (Find article @ WSJ.com: “Schools Offer Guarantees.” By: Emily Glazer)

Larger universities are offering more career guidance for students, and in return we’ve seen the number of applicants for our internships increase exponentially in the past 2 years. For those students who are serious about school, all signs point to increased options for a quality education.

Submitted by: Jennifer Balyint @ UDOC