Articles about College Graduates

Personal Finance

The schools with the highest return on investment in every state

The average return on investment for all 50 schools (plus Washington DC) is an eye-popping $595,000, and the average loan amount is just under $29,000. That means that, on average, going to a high-value school gives you roughly 20x return on your money. Try getting that in the stock market.

News

Survey: The most popular early jobs and universities of CEOs

New LinkedIn data shows that the role of a consultant is the most popular first job among CEOs. In terms of the roles they filled before right getting the position for the first time, the research found that 72% were directors or higher up on the corporate ladder.

The Whole Human

Your desire to succeed should be as great as your desire to help others succeed

The most important lesson for any new graduate, someone early on in their career or even a savvy veteran to understand is that success only works in a reciprocal manner. What that means is, our desire to succeed should truly be as great as our desire to help others reach their big goals.

Commencement Addresses

Sheryl Sandberg: ‘It’s not enough to have a good idea … we have to know when to stop a bad one’

Here is the transcript of Sheryl Sandberg's commencement speech to MIT's Class of 2018.

Career Advice

The Do’s and Don’ts for writing your first post-grad resume

As a post-grad, it can often feel like the whole world is at your fingertips, but you have no clue where to start the career search. To help you set yourself up well as you kick off the beginning of your career, we’re tackling the first and greatest hurdle you might face: writing your resume.

News

Survey: After college, women are more likely to get stuck in jobs they are overqualified for

After you graduate from college, your job prospects may be slim. In the need to be employed, you may take a job you are vastly overqualified for, thinking "this will just be for a little bit." But the first job you take in your career sets the tone for the rest of it.

News

Researchers find that good grades are bad for female job seekers

According to new research, the better the grades a female student gets, the less likely she is to land a job interview. One would assume it's the opposite — and it is ... for men.

Salary

Survey: These are the majors that will help you get you a job the fastest

Here's the full list of majors that are "the most in-demand" at companies seeking to employ recent grads this year.

Job Search

This is the No. 1 mistake new grads make during the job application process

You may have landed the interview right after graduation, but it doesn't mean you will get the job

Commencement Addresses

George Saunders: ‘What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness’

Here is the full transcript and video of George Saunders' commencement address to Syracuse’s Class of 2013.

Commencement Addresses

Jeff Bezos: ‘It’s harder to be kind than clever’

Here is the full video and transcript of Jeff Bezos’ commencement address to Princeton’s Class of 2010.

Commencement Addresses

Ellen DeGeneres: ‘As you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Ellen DeGeneres' commencement address to Tulane's Class of 2009.

Commencement Addresses

J.K. Rowling: ‘Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of J.K. Rowling's commencement address to Harvard's Class of 2008.

Commencement Addresses

Conan O’Brien: ‘Through disappointment you can gain clarity’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full video and transcript of Conan O'Brien's commencement address to Dartmouth's Class of 2011.

Commencement Addresses

David Foster Wallace: ‘You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t’

It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of David Foster Wallace’s commencement address to Kenyon College’s Class of 2005.

Technology

From supermodel to super role model: Karlie Kloss’s effort to get more women in tech

We are constantly told there are not enough women pursuing careers in the STEM fields. Part of the problem is the pipeline issue. This is something model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss has been tackling since 2014 when she launched her foundation Kode With Klossy to help teach young girls to code.

Books

Author Frank Hanna on why college shouldn’t be our best years

It's a tale as old as time: enjoy college, graduate, then watch younger people have all the fun you used to have as you struggle through your 9-to-5 job. But one author believes that there has to be a lot more to life than that.

Commencement Addresses

Justin Trudeau to NYU’s Class of 2018: ‘Do you want to win an argument or change the world?’

Here is the transcript (and video) of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's commencement speech to NYU's Class of 2018.

News

These are the best cities to start a new career

WalletHub analyzed 182 American cities in terms of "Quality of Life" and "Professional Opportunities," then assessed each in terms of 27 different factors — including the availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to workforce diversity — to ultimately come up with their rankings.

News

Here are the best colleges under $20,000 in each state

From a geographical perspective, there are affordable top-ranked programs in every region of the country. The West tends to have a higher number of inexpensive universities, like the University of New Mexico ($7,146) or Montana State University ($7,150), but similar price points can be found out East, too.

News

2018 college graduates will earn an average salary of $50K

A new analysis by global organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry shows that members of the Class of 2018 will rack up $50,390 a year on average — up from $49,000 last year.

Commencement Addresses

Tim Cook to Duke’s Class of 2018: ‘You must find your fearlessness’

Here is the transcript (and video) of Tim Cook's commencement speech to Duke's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Oprah Winfrey to USC’s Class of 2018: ‘Declare war on cynicism’

Here are excerpts and video of Oprah Winfrey's commencement speech to USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Chadwick Boseman to Howard’s Class of 2018: ‘Take the harder way’

Here are excerpts and video of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman's commencement speech to Howard's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Condoleezza Rice to High Point’s Class of 2016: ‘Don’t let anyone else define your passion’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Condoleezza Rice's commencement address to High Point University's Class of 2016.