Welcome Seniors

Seniors, your runway to graduation is much shorter than it was your Freshman year. The time is now to perfect the skills and practices that will land you a great job and help you to become financially independent over the course of your career.

if you're on track and confident, we have tools to help speed up your pace.

if you feel you're behind, DO NOT PANIC, we are here to help make the transition from campus to career.

Know that it is critical to:

  • Have an organized job search
  • Have multiple job offers by the time you graduate
  • Transition from campus to career economics strategically 
  • Continue to build your professional network via LinkedIn
  • continue to build your brand that will lead to employability over the course of your career

All of these things we can help with, whether you feel ready for graduation or not! This is an important year, and we will help you get to your goals.

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Job Outlook For The Class of 2016

NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (think college career centers partnered with employers) just released preliminary numbers that show:

  • 35.8% of employers will hire more students this Fall than they did last Fall
  • Only 8.6% will hire fewer
  • And 37% will hire the same

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How to Reject a Job Offer Without Burning a Bridge

The objective of every job search is to receive multiple job offers. These offers provide you flexibility,
choices and the option to select the best strategic opportunity for yourself. Jobs or roles within a company are two to four year career stepping-stones on track to your career destination.
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How to Read Your Interviewer and Questions They Might Ask

When going in for the big interview, it is important to set the right tone with your interviewer. You can do this by learning how to “read” your interviewer. Reading in this case translates to understanding how to best know what your interviewer is asking you, and how to relate to them. Below are some tips on how to do just that! Read More...

Debt, Both Credit Card and Student Loans - Some Quick Advice

How you manage money while you are on campus really affects life after college. By and large, students have been given NO personal finance training prior to college, and little to none on campus. Yet they have a mountain of decisions to make.

  • The average credit card debt per students in 2013 was $7,000 (not students loans, credit cards!) – CNN

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Being Money Smart: Lessons From 'The Millionaire Next Door'

I often quote the blockbuster bestseller (a bit dated in its research, but still completely on target) The Millionaire Next Door. The basic lesson is under-consumption for sake of long-term investment and your financial freedom. In this work, authors Thomas Stanley and William Danko researched self-made millionaires in America in order to find best practices that can serve as a guide to us all. Read More...

Should You Have Your College Logo on Your Business Card?

All you need on your business card is your name, email and cell number. If you have only those items, they do not become dated, and they will be relevant until your box of business cards runs out. I have seen some very elaborate and good looking cards with a lot of information: school, their year (Junior, Senior, etc…), graduation date, major, but all of that stuff is updateable from LinkedIn and that is exactly where the recruiter or hiring manager will go if they are interested in you. Read More...

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