College graduation is about to happen. Every year, a sea of young, hopeful men and women emerge with their diplomas and head out into the real world. The goal for these products of our higher education system is jobs. While some will go on to graduate school or advanced professional education, the target remains the same: Find employment that can support a desired lifestyle.
Some college graduates will make a nice segue from the academic world to the working world because of successful internships that have resulted in full-time employment. Others may have a series of follow-up interviews resulting from on-campus career fairs. However, I'm willing to bet that the majority of this spring's graduates will be in the prospecting mode, heading out to search for that first step on their life's-work ladder.