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Graduate Sues College Because She Hasn’t Found a Job

posted by Mark on August 6th, 2009

Graduate Sues College Because She Hasn't Found a JobEarlier this week, CNN.com reported that Bronx resident Trina Thompson, 27, had filed suit against her alma mater, New York’s Monroe College, because she hasn’t found a job in the three and a half months since graduation. Thompson graduated on April 16 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and claims in her court filing that the Office of Career Advancement’s counselors “have not tried hard enough to help me,” citing the fact that they didn’t “call the graduates that recently finished college for an interview to get a job placement.”

Because of this supposed oversight, Thompson claims that she hasn’t found employment, despite her 2.7 grade point average and “good” attendance record. She is suing the college for the $72,000 in tuition she paid, plus $2,000 for “the stress I have been going through looking for a full time job on my own.”

Thompson’s case highlight the frustration of a post-graduation job search. You’ve done “the right thing” by going to college, and you expect immediate results when you finish, but that doesn’t always happen. In fact, it usually doesn’t. A job won’t necessarily be waiting for you when you graduate, but there are steps you can take to maximize your chances of finding employment.

  • Plan ahead. Don’t wait until graduation to begin your job search. Make it a habit to visit your school’s career services office regularly, as job listings change all the time. Talk to career counselors about what you can do while still in school to increase your employment options.
  • Be proactive. Don’t assume that your career services office will do all the work. Use the Internet to look for employment options on job search web sites like Monster.com and classified listing sites like Craigslist. Make potential employment contacts by networking through clubs, fraternities and other organizations.
  • Consider an internship. You might not get paid much — or at all — but an internship during school or immediately following school is one of the best investments of time that you can make. When it comes time to hire, companies favor interns who’ve proven their merit by working for them for several months.
  • Be flexible. Expand your options by not restricting your job search to a certain type of company. You might be surprised at the types of jobs available in industries you would never have considered. And don’t restrict yourself to a certain region; employment opportunities might be scarce where you currently live, but if you’re open to moving, you might find the grass is greener elsewhere.
  • Don’t panic. The average job search takes four to seven months, especially in the current economic downturn. If you get frustrated, don’t do something silly, like suing your college. While a stunt like that might gain the attention of some employers, it might also signal to them that you’re a malcontent who’d turn on your own company if things don’t go your way.

Also, in Thompson’s case, her employability isn’t helped by the numerous grammatical and spelling errors (“tutision”?) in her court filing.

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