You’ve spent almost four years and $80,000 on a college education, and you’re looking forward to graduation and earning some money to start living independently. You spend time with “resume experts,” craft the perfect resume, and then utilize LinkedIn to make the right contacts to find out who’s hiring. After months of work, you get a fantastic lead, and send your resume to “Integrity Prevails, Inc.” Two weeks later, you get a phone call from the Human Resources (HR) Department at “Integrity,” wherein they express great interest, and then schedule a phone interview with you. Phone interview! You’ve gotten that far! Shine through this and you’ll get an onsite interview! Three days later you get an e-mail indicating that “Although your credentials are noteworthy, we have found another candidate whose qualifications more closely match those for the available position.” What just happened?
I recently had a conversation with the Director of the Pre-Health Profession Program at a local San Diego University, and part of the discussion focused upon time management. Students entering college might receive orientation on a variety of subjects, however this is not one of them. As an Organic Chemistry tutor, I get to see crises generated from poor time management skills routinely. This article focuses exclusively upon what students must do to become and stay successful in college, and in their careers, especially in the physical and life sciences.
Those who teach in primary or secondary schools obtain degrees in a variety of subjects. With many schools, one need only take two college level courses to be certified proficient in the subject at the high school level. Career non-university teachers must take course work beyond the baccalaureate level, including education, in order to obtain their teaching credential. Quite ironically, professors at Universities are not required to take a single course in education to teach the subject most related to their Ph.D.
I remember back to my college days when I had thoughts of going to medical school. I asked what people majored in, and was told by the university counselor that ideal majors were biology or zoology. Then I asked what would happen if I didn’t get into medical school or lost interest when almost finished. It was another eight-year commitment. The counselor indicated I could get a job in biology or zoology. When I asked what else I could do with the degree, the counselor was stumped.