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.
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.