College Students, drastically improve your chances for a job! Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending a wedding and reception for a former client and great friend. She works in the HR department for Lockheed Martin, an "American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies
company with worldwide interests" that employs over 116,000 people.
Several of those in attendance work(ed) for Lockheed Martin and my wife and I had the pleasure of sharing a table with a current HR employee in charge of new hires as well as the former Director of the HR department. I decided to pick their brains to see what exactly they look for in a new employee. I have my selfish reasons for this having three sons, one who graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and it took two years to land a job, another that just graduated from college in the spring and the youngest will be heading off for his junior year in a couple days.
The current employee believes she has the best job in the HR department, she is the first face the new employees see, and everyone is obviously very excited to begin their new career. The majority of the new hires worked for the company previously as interns, and most are paid internships, some lasting through the semester and students can even work the jobs remotely and add it as part of their college curriculum. She mentioned that Lockheed is currently, and will be hiring a lot of young employees to replace their senior employees, the overage age of their employee is just over 50, which means there are a lot of employees nearing retirement.
Coming out of college it is more and more difficult to land a nice paying position, many graduates find themselves working in fields that do not require an education beyond high school because of the competitiveness of the job market.
And here is the GREAT ADVICE I received from the recently retired HR Director, he said that every single college student should be contacting their college career center, or career counselor as soon as they start college, the centers will help the students find internships which leads to full time positions in the majority of the cases. College is big business, and their number one marketing plan is how many students they can land in the professional world, the better they are at placing the students, the more recognition they get, the more recognition they get the more in demand they become, the more in demand they become the more desirable and the more money they receive from alumni and the more they can charge.
What does all of this have to do with real estate, plenty, plan your college career to get yourself situated for the best job you can find upon graduation. You will quickly be considering home-ownership and securing a high paying job will get you into the home of your dreams much quicker than waiting until you graduate to start searching for your dream job.
PS if you would like an introduction to the HR department at Lockheed Martin in the Denver area, let me know, I will see what I can do.