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How to land a job at Google

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Ever want to work at Google? Well, you could either A) check out The Internship, a film where Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson try to get jobs at Google, or B) read this New York Times interview with Laszlo Bock, who’s in charge of hiring at Google:

How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2 (nytimes.com)

Bock offers some interesting perspectives, not only on getting hired at Google but also on the value of a college degree. He advises prospective students not to go to college just for the sake of going. Instead, they should know what they want from their education to make the most of their investment: Read the rest of this entry

What college graduates regret

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What’s the biggest regret that college graduates have? You might think it’s picking the wrong major, but according to this article, the answer is gaining more work experience:

What College Graduates Regret (theatlantic.com)

In a Pew Survey of college graduates, 50% of the respondents chose not gaining enough work experience as their biggest regret, while only 29% chose picking the wrong major. Other regrets include not studying enough (38%) and not looking for work sooner (30%).

This survey also found that one-third of college graduates who majored in social science, education, or liberal arts regretted their major, while 24% of science and engineering graduates regretted their major. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Christine

projectlighttolife_1369890987_44-3This post was written by Christine, a college senior who studies English and communication:

When you tell someone that you are a liberal arts major, he or she will typically offer one response: “Oh, and what do you plan on doing with that?” Normally, the person asks this question in a kind way, but I like to imagine that he or she says the word that as if it is a piece of food that should be spit out as quickly as possible.

Sometimes, I like to picture the question accompanied by a nervous chuckle. Whether this skepticism is real or imagined, for me, it doesn’t matter; ever since I was a little kid, I have known that I want to pursue a career that involves writing and editing. Read the rest of this entry

Construct meaning from experience

David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace (Photo credit: Steve Rhodes)

A commencement speech that David Foster Wallace gave in 2005 had been making the rounds on the Internet as a short film entitled “This Is Water.” In his speech, the late author discussed how education frees us from the tediousness of day-to-day life:

“Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about teaching you how to think is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.”

Hear Part 1 and Part 2 of Foster Wallace’s speech.

And click here for more great excerpts of commencement speeches.

Are liberal arts degrees useless?

This piece from The Atlantic (dated April of 2012) states that over half of America’s recent college graduates are either unemployed or working at a job that falls below their level of education. The article also mentions a disparity in the employment of liberal arts graduates and graduates with more practical degrees:

That said, not all degrees are created equal. The AP reports that students who graduated out of the sciences or other technical fields, such as accounting, were much less likely to be jobless or underemployed than humanities and arts graduates.

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