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How to Find a Strong First Job After College

How to Find a Strong First Job After College

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The social contacts that matter

Most of us, especially teachers, often assume that when students from low-income communities go to school, study well, and graduate, they’re likely to be on the road to economic mobility. That’s not always true.

We don’t account for behind-the-scenes coaching and developme...

Building social capital is critical for college students, especially first-generation students from low-income families. To be fair, though, this is a hard one. A lot of these college students feel awkward and unsure about networking or reaching out to strangers. 

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It starts with their immediate, personal network. This could include their peers, friends, professors, alumni, or an employer (if they’re working part-time or doing an internship). 

They should take a hard look at this network and see if someone they know can help them with what they ne...

A quality job is a job that puts a young professional entering the workforce on the path to economic mobility and helps them grow and advance in their career.

There are four dimensions to identifying a quality job.

  • It must align with your interests.
  • ...

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