When I was in college, I never worried about my future career. Admittedly, I was not the most prepared or studious student, and rarely researched jobs for college students that would benefit my future career. I did not even know what my future career was going to be, and chose my major based on a variety of factors, none of which was my future career. I always knew I would find a job doing “something”, which is not the best planning, for sure, but I did have a great time at college!
Nowadays, competition is fierce, and jobs are scarce. Students need an edge over their peers when they graduate, because there is no guarantee that they will even get a job. In fact, a census report issued in September of 2011 casts a shadow over the long-term impact of the recession on today’s youth. During the last decade, the unemployment rate for young people spiked to the highest levels since World War II. Only 55 % of Americans aged 16 to 29 have jobs, a 12 % drop from the employment rate in 2000. Faced with a grim outlook, many young people aren’t leaving home until their 30s; the number of Americans aged 25 to 34 living with their parents jumped 25 % during the recession. Recently, The New York Times called the collective youth “Generation Limbo,” but after seeing the new census data, Harvard economist Richard Freeman takes it a stage further. “These people will be scarred, and they will be called the ‘lost generation’ in that their careers would not be the same way if we had avoided this economic disaster,” Freeman told The Associated Press.
There are three things you need to do while in college or university to ensure you set yourself up for success after graduation. The first is to look for summer jobs for college students that will actually benefit your future. One such job for college students that will give you an edge over your peers upon graduation is being a franchise manager with College Pro Painters or College Pro Window Cleaning.
For over 40 years, College Pro has been providing exceptional management and leadership training to young entrepreneurs through real-world business experiences. Thousands of students have successfully gone through their training programs, and they are often referred to as a “Real World MBA”. With College Pro, you’ll learn business skills you can take with you into any future career, like leadership, sales, marketing, project management, effective communication, employee and customer management, and financial management. It’s not just another summer job. The real life business experience you acquire with a summer of hard work will set the foundation for many future successes.
Another thing you should definitely do for your future is cultivate mentors. You will be surrounded by smart, dedicated people, including professors, faculty, internship directors, advisors, work supervisors, etc. Successful students graduate with one or more mentors who have taken a personal interest in them, who can give them advice, serve as references, or write letters of recommendation. As a manager with College Pro, you are paired one-on-one with a General Manager who will train, coach and mentor you every step of the way though one-on-one weekly coaching calls, and classroom and in-field training sessions. You will be surrounded by like-minded students who want to grow and succeed and challenge themselves. After a summer with College Pro, you are going to come away with career training and business experience. You also make connections, and acquire friends, mentors and stories you will have for life.
Lastly, college is the perfect time to learn to take risks. I know…taking risks sounds very intimidating and can be scary. Think about it this way: You could have a “safe” college career with a “safe” major and a “safe” job that doesn’t challenge you at all. But…would you be happy? How would that really help your future? A smarter thing to do is to learn to take smart risks. The students who are willing to take risks and challenge themselves while in college are the ones who will transform during their time in college, and who inevitably get the great job upon graduation because they are smarter, more talented, more confident and better supported by smart people than those who played it safe. A lot of people may think learning how to run a small business with College Pro while in college is a risky proposition. Ask any recruiter and they will say it is the smartest risk you can take because the experience and skills you gain far outweigh the perceived risk.
Want to beat the stats, pave your own future, and set yourself up for success? These three steps are easy ways to get yourself headed in the right direction, and, no matter where you want to go in life, a summer as a College Pro manager can help you get there. You will come away with real business skills, friends, mentors, and stories you will have for life.