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For Young Adults Building a First Career.

College Degree, Crushing Debt, No Job. This is a very uncomfortable  time for young adults who are relying upon higher education to provide the jumpstart  they need for launching a great career. Anyone reading this message is very likely aware that too many graduates of today's four-year colleges are leaving with a staggering load of college debt (about $30,000 on the average) and a seemingly sluggish job market. Big debt and no job ... that's a nightmarish way to begin a career and adult life.

For those caught up in this level of disappointment, it is time to reassess everything you've been told in the past, and begin using some of the learning and critical thinking skills acquired in college to solve your current problem. Finger-pointing is never a solution, but active problem-solving is. This is one of the purposes served by Free-Ed.Net's Career Asset Studies program. Rather than trying to fix a broken situation, it is sometimes better to create a new one.

Or maybe you have just graduated from a trade or technical school with some great training for a critical, or at least, bourgeoning career. You have the diploma, you have the basic knowledge, and probably some hands-on experience as  well. Cosmetology, welding, computer programming, tourism, casino gaming, bartending, aircraft mechanics ... all in great demand. You just have to make sure you position yourself properly. Your school probably provided you with lists of prospective employers and  directed you to "career day" events. Even so, some graduates have difficulty "getting out of the gate." This is often due to some personal views that dull your opportunities and yet have nothing to do with the job market (other than the market might be located a half-continent away).  Free-Ed.Net's Career Asset Studies can help you get insight into getting over some bumps that seem to be getting in the way of aunching the career you've worked so hard to preparing for.

Whether starting off with a college degree, a tech school diploma, a high school diploma, or a GED, there are some requirements and procedures common to applying for jobs, participating in interviews, and presenting yourself as someone the company needs to have on board. Again, the Career Asset Studies Program is the place to go. We strongly believe that prospective employers conducting job interviews are totally put off by transparent dog-and-pony shows; however, many career resources recommend exactly such things. A second common mistake (as judged by the all-too-frequent complaint, "I send out a hundred applications a week, and still get no responses.") of submitting cut-and-paste applications. Insofar as possible, Free-Ed.Net offers job hunting advice as gleaned from studies intended for human resources people. Why bet your farm on second- and third-hand advice from someone who never had the responsibility of hiring people, themselves.

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David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015