posted on Mar, 29 2012 @ 04:23 AM
I feel bad about saying this but I will say it anyway. I'm glad most of the other college students are under the impression that simply going to
college will get them a good job. Because when we both apply for the same job, my chances are going to be much higher than theirs. I mean seriously,
you can't just take out student loans to go to school and hope that by going to school you will get a job. It doesn't work that way.
You need to stand out, make yourself known. Work hard in school, maintain a good gpa, anything under a 3.0 is terrible for your future. Your goal
should be to graduate with over a 3.5 gpa. Even with the gpa, your chances are slim if you have no references. This is where making yourself known
comes into play. Join clubs relating to the field you want to work in, if there isn't one start one. Put yourself out there, talk to instructors and
professors outside of class, if you're a good student and he/she likes you they usually wont mind writing a letter of recommendation. Ever hear of
internship? Yeah, that can help a lot. Do this and be willing to relocate and you will find a good job in your field. Oh and one more thing, I hope
you aren't expecting to earn whatever a quick google search leads you to believe the "average" pay in your field is, it may very well be the
average pay in the field but you probably aren't going to start there.
I hate it when people try to tell others not to go to school because student loans will crush them. That is, in my opinion, a half truth. Lack of
responsibility is what will crush you. You have to be smart about it. If you don't have a completely free ride you might no be able to major in
History, English, Bluegrass, or Basket Weaving - the jobs are scarce. If you know for an absolute fact that you can and will be responsible enough to
do what is needed, then fine, go for it, plan to be an English professor, just be willing to relocate. However, if you aren't going to prove that you
are one of the best men/women for the job and do not want to move to the job, don't pick something that there aren't many jobs available in.
At the end of the day, even after landing an acceptable job in your field of choice, you are still going to have to learn to live within your means,
especially while paying back student loans. I don't care what you do, you are going to have to pay. If you do things correctly you will still have
more money in your pocket even with student loans, than you would have if you just jump into a job in fast food or a grocery or department store. And
remember, trades do still exist, a pell grant will pay the costs of learning a trade.