Articles about College Graduates

Personal Finance

How speaking up changed my financial future

Are you talking to anyone about money?

Personal Finance

The best college in each state for getting a job in 2018

It’s becoming more important for graduates to prepare for a competitive workforce. This means choosing the right college to attend in the first place.

Personal Finance

My husband doesn’t care that his student loans will keep us in debt forever

You can’t do anything in the interest of “us” if you’re not already on the same financial page – especially when it comes to student loans.

News

Survey: 15% of Americans don’t use anything from their college major in the workplace

15% of Americans don’t use their college major in the workplace and half said that "educational requirements" make it harder to switch careers.

How To

7 ways to stand out during your internship

This 8- to 12-week assignment gives hiring managers a snapshot of your personality, skill set, ambition, communication skills and of course intelligence.

News

Survey: ‘Entitlement’ is the top complaint about intern performance

Recent data from Korn Ferry shows that 37% of working people think "entitlement" is the top "intern performance dealbreaker."

10 tips for anyone attending business school

Here are my top 10 tips for getting the most out of your MBA program.

Job Search

Teens are working less this summer, except for in this industry

For teenagers summer time means freedom from those long school days and just fun in the sun. However, for many of them, paying for all that fun in the sun requires money which their parents are sick of shelling out. In the past that meant one thing: the classic summer job. However, according to new data from Pew Research Center, teens are working less than ever during the summer months. 

college graduates

Why a double-major might beat you out of a job

Two majors are better than one. That is the conclusion researchers are beginning to reach. Does this mean all students should double-major? Probably not.

Personal Finance

Women are carrying two-thirds of America’s outstanding student loan debt

In 2016, the average woman left college owing $21,619, compared with the average man owing $18,880 when he left college.

How To

From campus to career: 5 tips to stand out during the job search

Regardless of all of the wonderful advice you will hear about resume content, what to wear, and interview questions, there are other components of interviewing that can set you apart:

Job search

10 social media rules for new college graduates

If you’re serious about your career you should treat your social media profiles as an extension of your resume. Our social profiles are representative of our personalities, pastimes, and interests, so it’s vital to be conveying the correct image of yourself to current or prospective employers.

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.