I recently went back down to 'The Burg' to speak to graduating seniors about what to expect in the real world once they leave JMU. Students had a chance to ask questions and learn about the most common challenges that new college graduates face including:
- Resume tips and how to turn negatives into positives
- How to prepare for the interview
- Maintaining professionalism during office hours, and after close of business
- Preparing for housing costs
- Learning how to budget and live within your means
- Understanding your credit report
Students are stepping out when our economy is facing tough times. They'll be facing a world of job offers while others are being laid off. Many of them will graduate with thousands of dollars of debt including student loans, and credit cards. As alumni with real world experience, we were able to share our lessons learned in hopes that the soon-to-be-grads are able to successfully build upon their strong educational foundation.
The Washington DC MetroDukes will be sponsoring our annual Job Fair, held Friday January 9, 2009 at the Tysons Corner Mariott from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Employers can register online, and job seekers can email their resumes directly to MetroDukes@gmail.com. This event is open to the public. Washington DC area JMU alumni who are currently looking to hire fellow JMU alums may also post their job openings on the JMU Alumni Professional Network job positings website.