Congratulations, Class of 2013
NBC News wrote an article about the class of 2013 where they profiled three soon-to-be graduates about their post-graduation plans and how the economy was affecting those plans:
During my senior year of college, the class of 2013 were freshmen (wow, that makes me seem old), and I was a peer adviser to a group of them in my school.
It’s odd to think that the freshmen I advised have now been through college and graduated. I hope that the advice I gave them helped, especially when they began their job search.
What advice did I give them? A lot of the stuff I mention on this blog: don’t just focus on academics, join clubs, do internships, and that it’s never too soon to begin thinking about your career.
While NBC News’ article describes how rough the economy is for the class of 2013, I actually think they were lucky in that they began school after the Great Recession started.
They came into college knowing how bad the economy was and how tough it was for recent graduates to find a job. And they had four years to prepare themselves for the job market while the economy improved.
I told the freshmen I was advising not to presume that the economy would fully recover by the time they graduated, and unfortunately, I was right. Job hunting is still rough for recent graduates, as NBC News’ article attests to.
But, as the 20something profiles in my blog demonstrate, it’s always possible for twenty-somethings to find rewarding jobs, even in a weak economy.
So congratulations, Class of 2013, and best of luck in your careers.