Are Colleges making students career ready?

Posted by Neal Schwartz on May 07, 2022

For all the Mothers out there, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Today's generation of students are uniquely challenged. With the reality check that COVID gave many, the shift has focused in some ways toward practicality. This means that colleges that position themselves as career-focused will be particularly attractive to prospective students.

Schools like Northeastern have long stood out because of their co-op program that emphasizes real world experience. This structure allows students to get a traditional college experience while working in a professional context, helping them develop the skills that they will need for a professional life, alongside critical thinking skills. How many other schools have followed or will follow the trend?

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Topics: term abroad, internships, college counseling, college planning, career skills, Northeastern University, career-focused, co-op program, career counseling, communication skills, career guidance, experiential skills, time management skills

Why high school internships are the next trend

Posted by Neal Schwartz on February 04, 2022

The word “internship” evokes a couple of associations, and one of them is “college.” College students often intern in fields related to their major to have a competitive advantage in the work force. Internship experiences vary, of course, from administrative busywork to concrete collaboration and projects. Now, high schools are catching on to the advantages of internships at an even earlier age, some even making high school internships a requirement.

In the past, high school internships were rarely even considered, college internships being the norm. In college, students are expected to be more mature and therefore more capable of thriving in a professional context. However, times are changing.

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Topics: internships, college counseling, high school senior, high school junior, professional experience, college planning, entrepreneurial

New England Business Schools

Posted by Neal Schwartz on July 07, 2019

Three Business Schools – Babson, Bentley, and Bryant

I recently visited these three New England schools known for Business.  They each have some unique characteristics.  The key selling point is that these schools all deliver on the goal of preparing students for a job or career that matches the college investment. Many parents since the 2008 recession have looked toward more “practical” colleges for their children’s future.

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Topics: college, internships, college major, business schools, Bryant, Bentley, undergraduate business schools, Babson, Andrew Heath, David Heath, Boston Business Schools, Deca, Bombas

College term abroad has evolved

Posted by Neal Schwartz on June 14, 2019

Study abroad is more goal directed, shorter in duration, and less about just learning a language. 

When I was in college, I didn't take advantage of study abroad programs.  Today, most every top school makes study abroad an integral part of their college "pitch".  

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Topics: term abroad, college, study abroad, internships, college major


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