How to squeeze absolutely the most from your college dollars

College teaches coursework; that’s obvious. Did you know that college also teaches important skills to help you land, keep or create the career of your dreams?

It’s true. When you ask job recruiters to name what they seek in an ideal

Linus Pauling: good student (Wikimedia Commons)

Linus Pauling: good student (Wikimedia Commons)

entry-level hire, it isn’t academic brilliance (although that helps!). It’s a collection of qualities you had the opportunity to pick up in college but may have bypassed because they weren’t required for a grade.

Here are some simple things you can do to build great qualities that will put you ahead of a grad with a better GPA who doesn’t have them.

Get to class on time. Always. Punctuality is essential to holding a job or running a business. Our college, smack in between Los Angeles-area freeways and with a parking shortage, offers you lemonade from those lemons. It will build the habits of getting up, getting out and arriving early enough to report on time.

Do original work. College is a good place to plagiarize, if you must, because you’ll only fail classes and get sanctions for it. Try it in your career, and you’ll get fired – and you’ll get a reputation that may make it impossible to get hired again. If you’re inclined to claim others’ work as your own, work out those demons in college. Better yet, give yourself enough time to do your work — most plagiarism comes from rushing – and ask librarians and professors for guidance on research and writing.

Do your best. A common saying in the hallways nowadays is “Even Cs get degrees.” Some people interpret that as permission to party hearty and slack off. To others, it means following instructions and doing your best, and not hanging your head if the work isn’t brilliant. A lot of what you do in college More

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