SELU students prepare for life after college

Today from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Pennington Student Activity Center, Southeastern Louisiana University will be hosting its Fall 2010 Career Fair.

While it is considered to be a place where many young people begin to find themselves, college is not a destination as much as it is a pit stop. The entire process, however long it might be is a stepping stone to moving on into the work force.

As a lowerclassman graduation may seem far off but every hour earned in the classroom is a step closer to saying goodbye to professors and classmates and hello to managers and co-workers.

Kent Smith, an industrial technology major, admitted he was feeling the pressure as he prepares to make the transition, but also expressed some excitement about taking the next step.

“There is this career fair tomorrow that I’m pretty nervous about,” said Smith. “I went got some new cloths today and worked on my resume. I’m looking forward to it, definitely looking forward to a steady paycheck.”

Other students shared Smith’s monetary prospective. College is often advertised as an avenue that leads to higher salary expectations and many students make the investment with hopes of a profitable return upon graduation.

However when considering the ever growing number of students who move on to graduate programs the need for a larger return on that investment grows as well.

“I really don’t have a choice, I need to because of my major,” said Briana Kelly, a psychology major. “I think about how I need to go to grad school and all the loans I have to get.  The biggest change [after graduation] will be financially.”

To offset some of the cost of graduate school and other burdens some students like Bryan Perissutti, plan to find a job first then enter the graduate ranks.

“My plans basically include moving to Baton Rouge and I want to try and teach at a public school,” said Perissutti. “After that I want to start doing a graduate program.”

Unlike many students who are worried about finding work, Perissutti who is working on a double major in social studies education and history, is optimistic about his job prospects and anxious to enter his profession.

“I’m kind of ready to get on with my life,” said Perissutti.  “I like college, but I think I’m starting to get ready to move on to bigger things.”

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