College graduates should apply to jobs that ask for skills they don't currently possess so they can grow into the position and feel challenged, writes University of Texas at Austin professor Art Markman. Organizations expect new hires to ask a lot of questions and show that they are interested in growing with the job, he suggests.
When you find someone in your professional network you'd like to work for, don't ask for a job interview, writes headhunter Nick Corcodilos. Impress them instead with your knowledge of the job and desire to learn more.
The underemployment rate for workers aged 22 to 27 was 41.3% as of March, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. More graduates also are taking jobs that don't require a degree because they may actually pay more than jobs that do, notes economist Andrew Chamberlain.
Under a new federal pilot program, colleges and universities will be able to provide off-campus employment for students using Federal Work-Study benefits. The US Education Department also has announced its intention to expand Second Chance Pell Grants given to incarcerated students.
The number of high-school students taking dual-enrollment college classes has grown from about 813,000 during the 2002-03 academic year to about 1.4 million in 2010-11, according to data. Challenges persist for the efforts, some say, including whether there is enough rigor in the courses.
Joseph Harroz, Jr., University of Oklahoma's interim president, says he will focus on improving inclusion on campus after several recent racially charged events. Harroz has met with the campus diversity council and says he'll confer with faculty and staff to be "proactive" in preventing any further incidents.
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