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10 Things Colleges Don’t Want You to Know ( Admission and Academics)

Yes, there are things that Colleges and Universities doesn’t want you to know before getting admission in U.S. Universities. These things have huge impact on your cost and career.

Market Watch had this awesome article ( article not available at the source any longer)  that gives a different perspective about colleges. When you read, you will realize that college is a place to gain knowledge, but not kind of knowledge required to be have a successful career is taught in College.

If you are not going to learn the skills to ace the job interview what is the purpose of getting educated? College campus have career services, but I don’t think you can pickup required job search skills from career center to an extent that will have huge impact.

10 Things Colleges Don’t Want You to Know

  1. Expect empty seats.
  2. But you’ll still be competing with the whole world to get in.
  3. Prepare to write a bigger check.
  4. Our resources are dwindling.
  5. Grades alone won’t get you in.
  6. We’re watching your waistline.
  7. Our second-tier status may hamper your career — and your pay.
  8. Not everybody finishes.
  9. It isn’t our job to get you a job…
  10. And we fudge the stats on students who get jobs.

My most favorite item in #9 – It isn’t our job to get you a job.

Probably two things that concern you the most will be cost and job search skills. Agree?

Colleges will provide education and knowledge. But, its your job to acquire the following skills

  • Job Search
  • Interviewing
  • Crafting Resume
  • Networking

Students who have a job before graduation are those who spent time to acquire these extra skills on their own effort.  Here are some interviews to learn about job search tehcniques

See Also : Calling All Grads Turn a Degree Into a Job – Interview with Marco Buscaglia

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  1. I think I am correct in assuming most PhD applicants do not drop off their admission packages themselves in the admissions office of every university . Also it won’t be too far fetched to assume that most applicants do not have their bio stats mentioned in their CV, SOP, or any other material when they apply. How do the admission committee decide on an applicant’s waistline given such dire application circumstances especially when a person’s waistline is such a vital indicator of success in grad school ?

    Dear HSB , i like your posts usually , but do say no to hash the next time you sit down to write a post.

  2. I cudnt understand the following criteria…..
    “Grades alone won’t get you in.
    We’re watching your waistline.
    Our second-tier status may hamper your career — and your pay”

  3. That’s just crazy! They care how much a person weighs? If it doesn’t effect your work it should matter how much you weigh. That’s just stupid.

    1. Following is a Tweet made by a professor who received criticism

      “Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth.”

      Overweight graduate school applicants receive fewer admission offers compared with their thinner counterparts, according to a study published in May in the journal “Obesity.” Jacob Burmeister, a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University. (from the source)

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