Gap and study abroad experiences provide students with an opportunity to discover new cultures, try new things, explore their passions, and learn about themselves. And these benefits can give students who participate in a gap or study abroad experience a serious advantage – below are 5 ways they can move you forward in your career exploration!
The new school year is here – and for college students focused on re-acclimating to campus life, and re-engaging with their academic course-load, it’s easy to lose sight of their long-term professional goals. However, whether you’re a freshman or senior, the fall semester is a key time to position to launch your career, and to land the summer internship or full-time job you want.
One sentiment frequently expressed by recruiters and hiring managers is that, in order to be an appealing job or internship candidate, applicants must demonstrate that they have applicable skills that will allow them to immediately contribute to a company. In the recently released State of the American Internship, which “examines trends in the job market for interns,” Burning Glass reported that interns are expected to begin their tenures having already acquired certain skill sets. In short, interns are expected to contribute and these positions are no longer designed for learning on the job.
College graduation represents a defining moment in the lives of young adults. On the one hand, students and parents are filled with excitement and optimism as they celebrate a landmark achievement that has been many years in the making. On the other hand, college graduations often represent a transition to a time of great uncertainty for many grads. They are leaving the familiar place they have called home for the past several years, and many are leaving the world of academia that has provided structure to their lives since they first entered kindergarten. Students will be separated from close friends, both physically and emotionally, as they pursue different careers in different areas. And, as the majority of grads will move home – at least temporarily until they find a job and saved enough money to support themselves – they will also have to deal with the difficulties of navigating a relationship with their new roommates: mom and dad.
Oftentimes college commencement addresses can provide insightful, inspirational advice for students who are seeking to launch their careers. And so, with that in mind, below you will find some of our favorite quotes from college graduation speeches of 2017 – whether these speak directly to your career aspirations, or more broadly to your approach to life, we are confident that taking these quotes to heart can help all students and grads in their personal and professional lives. Good luck to you all!