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Posted March 07, 2018 by

The advantages one employer found to leaving their on campus recruitment behind

 

I recently participated in an online discussion with university relations leaders for Fortune 1,000 companies and federal government agencies, college career service office professionals, and others with a passion for the world of college and university recruiting.

One talent acquisition leader asked which U.S. schools they should visit to recruit Polish and Arab engineering students. His company would send those students to their home countries to work at the company’s facilities there. Below is my response. (more…)

Money in a jar for a college fund. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Posted February 23, 2017 by

17 strategies that can help you graduate from college debt free

 

College is expensive. And student loan debt is on the rise. While many believe the only way to graduate from college debt free is by receiving an academic or athletic scholarship, there are actually several strategies one can implement to graduate from college debt free – or with much less debt than the average college student graduates with – which is just over $30,000.

It’s not easy and it could make the path to graduation more challenging, but it can be done. It starts by planning in advance and digging deep to find ways to accomplish this goal.

“The days of going to college without any real pre-planning or self-evaluation are over,” says Bob LaBombard, retired CEO of GradStaff, a company that helps college students and recent college grads identify where there skills fit in the job force  “It’s just too costly and risky.”

Consider these facts: More than half of college students change their major at least once. Further, recent data shows that only about 56 percent of students entering college graduate within six years; almost half drop out.

“Clearly, lack of a clear-cut plan often causes students to waste time, precious tuition dollars and, ultimately, interest in completing a degree,” says LaBombard.

There are many strategies that can help college students cover the high costs of obtaining a college degree, and if done correctly, graduating debt free. We highlight those strategies here:

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Posted March 03, 2015 by

4 Engineering Degrees for the Technically Minded Individual

Portrait of a smiling engineer in a construction site

Portrait of a smiling engineer in a construction site. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

College students who want to get on the fast track to success would do well to consider majoring in engineering. People who graduate with engineering degrees will find that they never have trouble finding work, and engineering is one of the most lucrative fields as well. There are lots of different choices when it comes to engineering majors, and it can be difficult to decide which one is the best. Here is a look at four of the top engineering majors that students should consider. (more…)

Posted February 17, 2014 by

Looking to Major in a Field with Good Starting Salaries for Entry Level Jobs? Major in Engineering

College students majoring in engineering are likely to find good paying entry level jobs.  Learn more in the following post.

Want to be sure you land an awesome starting salary right out of college? Major in engineering. Of the top 10 best-paying college majors, seven are in areas of engineering, according to a report issued recently by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). (Click here to tweet this thought.) Petroleum engineering is the top-paying undergraduate

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Posted October 21, 2013 by

Major Decisions: Choose Wisely

How much can your education or the major you choose impact your future earnings?  The following post includes an infographic that provides an indication of what these factors mean for college students and recent graduates. (more…)

Posted September 24, 2013 by

Technical Degrees Lead List of Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2013 Grads

Petrochemical workers at a refinery plant

Petrochemical workers at a refinery plant. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you have graduated from college in 2013 with a technical degree, you may be earning one of the top salaries in the job market.

Technical majors, especially those in engineering, head the list of top-paid majors for the Class of 2013, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE’s September 2013 Salary Survey found that seven engineering majors are among the 10 highest-paid at the bachelor’s-degree level. (more…)

Posted August 06, 2013 by

Mechanical engineering is a sizzling degree for college grads

Mechnical technician operating machine

Mechanical technician operating machine. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

May brings more than Memorial Day and Mother’s Day. It is also when a whole slew of college graduates throw their caps in the air and then cross their fingers in the hopes they can find a job.

While competition for jobs may be stiff — the National Center for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov, 2012) says more than 1.7 million bachelor’s degrees were conferred in 2010-2011 alone — there is one group of students that could have little problem landing a position right out of school. Those students are engineering majors, and within the field, mechanical engineering grads are some of the most coveted. (more…)

Posted April 30, 2013 by

Top Paid Grads From Class of 2013 Are Engineering Majors

Marilyn Mackes of the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Marilyn Mackes of NACE

Technical majors head the list of highest-paid majors for the college Class of 2013, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

In particular, NACE’s April 2013 Salary Survey—the first look at starting salaries for the Class of 2013—found that seven engineering majors are among the 10 top-paid for the college Class of 2013. (See Figure 1.)

“Engineering majors are consistently among the highest paid because the demand for them is so great,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. (more…)

Posted September 27, 2012 by

Hiring of Class of 2013 Projected to Increase by 13%

Class of 2013 Who Is In DemandHiring will be up for new college graduates, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 survey shows that employers anticipate hiring 13 percent more Class of 2013 college graduates than they hired from the Class of 2012.

“While employers are seeking graduates from a broad range of disciplines, this fall they expressed particular interest in hiring new graduates with business, computer science, and engineering-related degrees and are looking to college campuses to supply their hiring needs,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.  (more…)

Posted September 07, 2012 by

Starting Salaries Up 1.7% to $44,259 for Class of 2012

Marilyn Mackes of the National Association of Colleges and EmployersClass of 2012 bachelor’s degree graduates are better paid than their Class of 2011 counterparts, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

In its September 2012 Salary Survey, NACE reports that the overall average salary for Class of 2012 bachelor’s degree graduates inched upward 1.7 percent to $44,259 from the overall average of $43,521 posted by the Class of 2011. (more…)