It’s a Rough Job Market for College Grads in 2014

Accenture, a global leader in management consulting, has published their 2014 College Graduate Employment Report. The employment prospects for recent college grads are still quite bleak.  Even amongst those who graduated in 2012 and 2013, steady and fruitful employment has not yet been acquired by most. Here are some of the highlights:
  • 26% of 2012/2013 college grads are making less than $19,000
  • 13% of 2012/2013 College Grads have been unable to find a job since graduation
  • 46% of 2012/2013 grads are underemployed in 2014, a 5% jump since last year
  • 42% of 2012/2013 college grads are living at home w/parents
  • Only 21% of employed 2012/2013 college grads are earning more than $40k
Clearly, the lingering affects of... Read More »

College Admissions Clinic Radio Episode #1- How we can help your family

May 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Podcasts

Dr. Marshall Shumsky and Hayden Shumsky discuss the college admission process and their method of helping find the right fit colleges for students and families. Topics covered include:
  • Dr. Shumsky's unique experience as a professor at Northwestern Univ. and Univ. of Virginia and the insights he gained into why students needed help with finding the right college
  • How College Admissions Clinic are different from High School College Counselors.
  • Treating student interests and future prospects as the centerpiece of our work.
  • Approaching students as young adults with in our adult-to-adult collaboration.
  • Creating trusting, open relationships with students.
  • Helping students take control of the college selection process and carrying that to the rest of their lives.
  • Helping students to figure out how they might fit into different kinds... Read More »

    Soon to be High School Seniors, Here’s Your Blueprint for Admission Success and a Stress-Free Summer

    May 26, 2010 by  
    Filed under Admission Tips

    Summer before Senior year is a crucial period in the college admissions process.  Spending your time wisely is very important.  The choices you make this summer will determine if your fall semester is a breeze or a disaster. If you have completed all of these steps, then you can relax and enjoy a peaceful summer:
    • Created a research list of 20 prospective colleges that fulfill my academic, social, and vocational needs
    • Reduced the list to the 10 colleges I will apply to
    • Have accurately categorized the 10 schools into Stretches, Targets and Safeties
    • Visited 2 of my safeties and know I can be happy attending either if I receive no other acceptances
    • Had tours at some target and reach schools
    • Had impactful interviews at my top... Read More »

      How to Gain Admission to the College of Your Dreams

      Each year some highly qualified students are rejected by colleges they should have been accepted to.  Yet mysteriously, some less-qualified students are accepted by schools that were seemingly beyond their reach. Do you want to know why? THEME, NOT NUMBERS IS THE KEY TO ADMISSIONS SUCCESS. Grades and standardized test scores are only the first standard by which admissions will decide to take a candidate seriously. Admissions’ interest in a particular student is only maintained if the application has a coherent theme.
      "All roads lead to and from the theme." -Karen Spencer, Georgetown Admissions Officer
      The families that have not understood this critical point (THEME, THEME, and THEME), will be surprised and disappointed by letters of rejection. If you rely on the data from... Read More »

      The Inside Story of How Colleges Evaluate Extra-Curriculars

      May 21, 2010 by  
      Filed under Admission Tips

      As college admissions have become drastically more competitive, the focus on extra-curricular activities has increased as well. Students today are getting involved in their high schools, communities, and on the playing field and in performance much more than ever before. Parents are programming their children from very early on to "get involved." High School counselors preach everyday, "more clubs, more activities, more service." Some of my clients have given me resumes that are 5 pages in length! And they haven't even graduated high school yet! At the same time, many students get overwhelmed by the wide variety of extra-curricular options and fail to get involved with anything in depth. Other students will ignore extra-curriculars entirely until... Read More »

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