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Life in College Matters for Life After College

Presented to TAP Summer Academy 2015
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J Cirrito

on 20 June 2016

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Transcript of Life in College Matters for Life After College

Life in College Matters for Life After College
The study found that when students were actively involved in extracurricular activities and organizations, had an internship or job in college where they were able to apply what they were learning in the classroom, and worked on projects that took a semester or more to complete, their odds of being engaged at work doubled.
Yet only few college graduates that Gallup studied achieved the winning combination.

In conclusion, the experiences you have as a college student can profoundly impact your life and career even decades after college. The time is now; seek out campus resources to support your goals. Start with visiting Fullerton College's Career and Life Planning Center and check out how to begin the Career Planning Process: http://careercenter.fullcoll.edu/about.html
A Gallup-Purdue study "Great Jobs Great Lives" shows that the type of institution college graduates attended matters less than what they experienced there. See http://www.luminafoundation.org/files/resources/galluppurdueindex-report-2014.pdf
In the 2013 State of the American Workplace report, Gallup found that only 30% of employees are actively engaged at work. Gallup defines "engaged" employees as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and contribute to their organization in a positive manner. It continues to hover around 30% today. See more:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/180404/gallup-daily-employee-engagement.aspx
This means that 70% of American workers are "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" and are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.
As a college student, would you believe that how you spend your time in college strongly relates to how engaged you are after college, in the workforce?
14% of graduates were supported by professors who cared, who made them excited about learning, and who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams.
6% of graduates had an internship or job that allowed them to apply what they were learning, worked on a long-term project, and were actively involved in extra-curricular activities.
3% of graduates had all six of these experiences during their time in college.
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