A Degree Doesn’t Mean a Job: You Need a Career Plan!

Spring is almost here. And for many college students, graduation is on the near horizon.

While they’re busy getting back into study mode after winter break, many students are also struggling with this thought:

“I’m going to need a job”.

Sadly, and despite all the evidence to the contrary, many students still think “All I have to do is survive college. My degree will make me employable.”

Wrong. Dead wrong.

Don’t believe me? Ask the millions of recent graduates who are unemployed and living with their parents. Or the under-employed, barely surviving while waiting tables or working in a warehouse. Right now… their degrees are not helping.

Succeeding in today’s ultra-competitive job market requires a comprehensive career plan – and some of the most successful students and graduates begin implementing that plan during their freshman year. (Is it too late if you’re already a senior? No… But you must begin cramming, right now.)

Year-by-year, here are the steps you must take to dramatically increase your chances of being employed in your chosen career field immediately after graduation:




Does this list look like a lot of work? Yes, at first.

Taken one step at a time, however, these steps are easier to manage than you might think. In fact, several only take one or two hours, or a mere couple of hours per week – well worth the investment!

How many of these critical tasks have you completed? Do you have a “Career Plan”? Or are you still thinking – like millions of other college students and recent graduates that have come before you – that a degree alone will get you a job?


Mark_AuthorAbout the Author: CEO and Founder of YouTern, Mark Babbitt is a serial entrepreneur and mentor. Mark has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Forbes and Under30CEO.com regarding job search, career development, internships and higher education’s role in preparing emerging talent for the workforce. A keynote speaker and blogger, Mark’s contributions include Huffington Post, Switch and Shift, The Daily Muse and Under30CEO.

Mark has been honored to be named to GenJuice’s list of “Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors” and was recently featured on HR Examiner’s “Top 25 Trendspotters in HR” and several top blogger lists, including JobMob’s “Top Career Bloggers of 2012”. Contact Mark via email or on Twitter!




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