How to get hired right out of college
Entrepreneur offers tips on finding internships that pave the way
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With higher rates of
unemployment and underemployment among college graduates in recent
years, a national debate about the value of a college degree has
gotten louder, especially as tuition continues to rise.
The slow economic recovery has hit young adults hard. In 2012, 44
percent of recent college graduates with a bachelor's degree were
underemployed or working jobs that do not require an advanced
degree, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New
York. Other studies, including a recent one from the Center for
College Affordability and Productivity, have had similar findings.
"There's no question that an advanced degree gives college graduates
a tremendous leg up compared to those without one. Those recent
grads are working jobs non-college grads want – and graduates
typically find good work soon enough. It's just a matter of how much
of an advantage students demand right out of college," says Matt
Stewart, an entrepreneur and spokesman for
College Works Painting.
College Works Painting provides practical and life-changing
business experience for college students who have shown potential
for success. Interns operate their own house-painting business with
hands-on guidance from mentors.
"Unemployment for our alumni is less than 4 percent. This kind of
challenging yet fun student experience helps ensure a good career
for college graduates right out of the gate," says Stewart, who
offers tips for what students should look for in earning
professional experience while still in school.
Interns tend to be eager to learn, wide-eyed and optimistic
about gaining an internship somewhere. While simply being in a
company's culture has some value, many businesses simply want
students to do their lowest-level work. Grunt work, to some
extent, is a fact of life in most professions; however, students
probably aren't looking to gain experience in coffee-making or
cleaning. Consider an internship that gives you real
responsibility and provides experiences that will definitely
come in handy in your future career.
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industry recognition of a company. While college is
certainly worth the investment, it is costly, and you want to
get all you can out of the experience. Don't accept working for
free with just any organization; think about how the name will
resonate on a resume. If you can, get information on how other
former interns fared at a company who would have you.
you're an artist, athlete, musician, theater major, English
student or a student in the STEM fields of science, technology,
engineering and mathematics, it's much easier to get real
experience by simply doing what you love. But for business
majors and future entrepreneurs, getting experience often comes
with a heavy price, including the loss of personal or family
finances. Look for opportunities that provide guidance while
allowing you to apply skills to real-life challenges such as
budgeting, marketing and managing employees.
entrepreneurial students, real experience is crucial.
Matt Stewart co-founded National Services Group, which operates
College Works Painting, SMJJ Investments and Empire Community
Construction. Under the executive team's leadership, National
Services Group has grown from a small Southern California business
into a national leader in two industries and has been recognized as
an entrepreneurial leader by Ernst & Young, the Orange County
Business Journal, Entrepreneur and hundreds of other periodicals.
Stewart has received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award from
the Orange County Business Journal, was named to "40 under 40" and
has twice been a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The
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