Author : lailahussain
Laila Hussain is a Fulbright Scholar who moved to New York City to study Media, Culture and Communication. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, she has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration as well as an MBA in Marketing.
SAT Prep? Check. Best Colleges for X? Check. Every student has at some point interacted with the Princeton Review. Well-known for its college ratings, The Princeton Review recently released its newest college guidebook, titled The Best 376 Colleges – 2012 Edition. The usual ratings ranging from “best professors” to “best administered schools” are all there, along with the “top party schools” and schools with the “best cafeteria food.” What I found particularly interesting and of pertinent use was the rating on “best career services.” According to a 2011 survey by the Princeton Review, 61 percent of college applicants and parents of applicants believe that getting a job or a higher salary is the biggest advantage of going to college. This means that students are now more career focused than ever and look for college degrees that will directly contribute to their chances of finding and securing a job after graduation. According to Rob Franek, author of The Best 376 Colleges, mindsets are changing among students today: “College is extremely expensive, and that has got students thinking more strategically about what college to go to,” Rob explains. “They want the best overall fit and the most value for their money.” I sought Rob’s help to understand the role of a college career center and how students can best take advantage of the career resources on campus.