When we are in our teens and make a decision to continue going to school, many of us believe that further education will lead to both a better life and financial security. We all hear the reports about how much more a person with a bachelor’s degree will earn than someone with only a high school diploma. We also hear how much more those with master’s earn than either a bachelors or diploma alone. We also hear that the success associated with earning a college degree depends on the school you choose AND how well that school prepares you for life after college. What we don’t hear, see or read is the one thing that can make or break a college graduate’s success after completing their degree; career management.
For years, Plymouth Teachers College and Plymouth State College had a de-facto career assistance program for our graduates. Many of our alumni worked in the very fields that most of our students were graduating from; teaching. We were superintendents of school districts, principals at elementary, middle, and high schools and teachers in the classrooms. When schools were looking for new teachers or administrators, people from Plymouth took care of their own. They knew the quality and commitment of these new professionals entering the field and were comfortable offering them positions in education. In fact, this still happen today.
But, the Plymouth State University of today finds itself graduating almost four times as many students with degrees other than in education. Compare this to the mid- 1960’s when almost 100% of our graduates held teaching degrees. We have experienced a gradual, but important change. We are now not only an institution that educates great teachers, but we educate great people in business, the visual and performing arts, recreation and communications. In fact, almost half of our graduates come from these fields. While we have evolved into an institution that educates many diverse people with varying degrees, we have not been able to evolve our support for assisting our alumni with their careers once they leave campus. Well, that is about to change.
Beginning this fall, Plymouth State University will have access to career management services through a cooperative program offered by the Office of Alumni Relations, the Plymouth State University Alumni Association and the Bagley Center, called Plymouth Careers. We have designed Plymouth Careers to serve as a one-stop-service center for your career assistance needs. Here, you can find jobs from thousands of pre-approved employers, post your resumes for the world to see, get assistance in researching a possible career change, post a job so other Plymouth alumni can get into your candidate pool, search for internships all around the globe and much more. Plymouth Careers grants you the opportunity to not only look for a job or post a job, but to network with thousands of other Plymouth alumni through Plymouth Connections, our professional networking service only available to Plymouth State alumni. Now you can reach out and connect with people in your filed, classmates, people in the place you live and more.
Back in January, we asked you what you thought we should be doing to help you. You told us that career assistance was the thing you wanted the most. Well guess what, we listened. Now it is up to you to use it. Log in to myPlymouth and click on the Plymouth Careers or Plymouth Connections channel and find out for yourself what PSU can still do for you.