(Memphis, TN) – The day after a holiday is always busy… Workers scrambling to make the 8 a.m. meeting, and fleeing from the offices as 5 p.m. rolls around.
As an entrepreneur, the stress of the daily grind isn’t as prominent. We entrepreneurs like to think that we set our own schedule; travel the world teaching, edifying, and speaking, networking through a variety of opportunities whenever and wherever we can!
One such opportunity I have is with the University of Memphis. I serve on the Board of Visitors with many outstanding colleagues. We have the privilege of working together advising, enhancing, and growing the University of Memphis’ reputation and volunteer efforts in the community. The collective intellect of the group is impressive and we eagerly attack problems, brainstorm solutions and encourage appropriate actions. I think we all go to give, but invariably benefit as well from the interchange.
A college student recently asked me for guidance. He is a honor student at the University of Memphis, very involved in the community, and has completed one internship in his field. Yet, even though graduation is months away, he was nervous about the job search.
His reaction is perfectly reasonable. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, unemployment rate has increased by 13 percent from July 2007 to July 2013. In essence, those with full-time employment are fewer than ever. In fact, companies are now choosing to hire more part-time employees than before, and that is making a lot of college graduates a little paranoid.
The fact is… I can’t promise a college graduate that he/she will find employment immediately after graduating. Nor can I guarantee he or she will find a job in the career field they have a higher interest in. However, I can help them by giving them better negotiating strategies which will increase the possibility of successfully securing a job and launching a meaningful career.