023 Alfred Poor – How to help students prepare for college and life after college

Alfred Poor head shotAs parents, we wonder what we can do to help students prepare for college, and then for life AFTER college. The key is in doing the right things WHILE they are still students, whether that be in high school or in college. Student preparation expert, Alfred Poor spoke with the Mighty Married Moms to share fascinating insights about what kinds of things current students can do to be ready for the next step, whether they are currently in high school or currently in college.

Biography of our guest 

Alfred Poor is a full-time speaker and author. A graduate of Harvard, he speaks to audiences about strategies for success in college and career. He has programs for high school students and their parents, college students, and employers. He is the author of 7 Success Secrets That Every College Student Needs to Know! which gives young people practical information on how to prepare for the workplace, get a good job after graduation, and make a valuable contribution in their work.

In this episode:

Alfred shared some tips that are a little counter-intuitive, but they are based on his own experience and research as a long-time student advisor. Here are some of them:

  • When asked, employers are not as interested in the prestige of the college or university you attended, as they are in you proving what you have already accomplished.
  • Grad schools, on the other hand, are interested in your undergraduate institution, as well as with which professors you studied.
  • Attending a large state university is most helpful for getting local jobs because local hiring managers probably attended there too!
  • Parents can really help kids think about their future by exposing them to the myriad jobs that people do, and by helping them build a professional network.
  • The biggest complaint of hiring managers is that young people are not skilled communicators, so encourage your kids to talk to adults, and ask these three questions:
    • What do you do for a living? (Everyone loves to talk about their work)
    • What was your first job?
    • How did you get from there to where you are now?
  • Young people need to hear that they will have to work hard and make sacrifices, initially, and that very few careers follow a straight line; you don’t have to have the “perfect” major!
  • The most important major for your child to pick is the one they will finish, preferably in 4 years! Pick the degree you will finish!

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