In the real working world, a college degree does not mean much. At least that is what John Gray, columnist for the Saratogian and news anchor on WXAA-Fox TV 23, preached in an article he dedicated to the recent college graduates of Hudson Valley Community College. The college just made a record of handing out 2,310 degrees, which means 2,310 individuals are now unemployed and currently looking for work.
Such a scenario is normal, according to Gray, considering these fresh graduates marched off into an economy plagued with troubles. The toughest market in recent decades, as Gray put it. In his article, Gray wished to provide the graduates some employment tips that might help no matter how weird or unconventional they might sound.
“In the real world, the working world, a college degree means very little.” – John Gray.
1. You are not the king of anything.
“Be proud you finished college,” Gray tells the graduates. However, he emphasized that there are thousands out there who also have degrees and have no job. You should be thankful if you land a menial job. You should also smile while doing it.
2. Life’s a ladder. Climb it.
Fresh graduates must not think too highly of themselves and station themselves above everyone else. If you are fresh out of college, you are in no position to demand a high profile position and salary. You and everyone else always start at the bottom rung. Be grateful you are even on the ladder to begin with.
3. Get your family involved.
Once you get out of college, you are going to need every contact or connection you can get your hands on. Start with your own family. Maybe your uncle knows someone who can get you a job. If so, then pick up the phone and ask for help.
4. Send a thank you note if you get an interview.
This is an imperative, according to Gray. Whether you passed the interview or flunked it, always take the time to send a thank you note. It’s the courteous thing to do. The upside if you don’t get the job, Gray said, is that people will remember you for your actions and that could lead to an opportunity in the future.
5. Understand the math.
Whatever you do, always bear in mind that there are 50 available positions for you and there are 5,000 candidates vying for the vacancies. “That is the math you are up against,” Gray wrote. Many people spend a few weeks of vacation after graduation. Gray recommends ditching the vacation and going straight to job hunting mode.
“Trust me, your competition isn’t going to Lake George with sun block and a 12 pack of Coors Light,” Gray said.