CSUSB grads face stern reality check

By Angelina Garibay |Staff Writer|

You may have heard it said, “Don’t quit your day job.” It is usually said in a sarcastic tone, hinting that you wouldn’t make it anywhere else.

That is good advice for those graduating next week because unemployment rates are up to 11.9 percent in California and 13.3 percent in San Bernardino County, according to the Employment Development Dept. of California.

Graduation can be a rewarding time, as you finally get your diploma after years of hard work, and of course there’s the gifts.

Hopefully you get cash. After all, who wants a gold pen with your name engraved on it?

Life has been all about you and achieving your goals toward your chosen career.

Your head is in the clouds over all the commencement speeches clamoring for you to reach out and grab your dreams.

Now comes the reality check.

Campus life is over, real life is about to happen.

At the top of the graduate’s list of things to do, getting a job is number one.

Not only does a college grad have problems finding a job in the depressed economy, but now they have to compete with other grads and experienced job-seekers for the few that are out there.

If you are currently employed don’t quit to look for another job. Keep it while you are looking.

In the meantime, work on the people skills that will benefit you in any job. Are your customer service skills at their highest level?

Even if you don’t work with the public you still have to deal with people in any career. Are you making your employers look good?

Another issue that fresh grads have to deal with are their student loans. The New York Times states that the average student loan for a bachelor’s degree is $24,000.

That is a hefty sum to pay back and some have to pay back much more especially if they receive their masters or doctorate degrees.

Some grads want to have their own place to start living their lives independently which takes more money.

Then there are the lovebirds planning on getting married right after graduation. Unfortunately the old adage “two can live as cheaply as one” isn’t really true anymore, especially if both have student loans.

Can we all take a page from our economy’s mistakes and not go farther into debt?

Stick with your beat-up college car. It won’t matter for job interviews. Weddings are for the couple getting married, not the hundreds of people on your guest list. Keep it simple.

There is some good news on the horizon for college graduates. According to the U.S. Census Bureau they have a better chance of making more money per year than high school graduates.

Innovation is the name of the game in this web driven economy. The new entrepreneurs are making money starting up websites with little capital to begin with.

Find a need and fill it is the way these companies find their niche in today’s economy.

The money will come eventually to the hard working individuals who apply their hard earned college education wherever they find employment.

And hopefully the graduate also comes away with a lifetime love of learning so that they never stop learning through the rest of their life.



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