A New Frontier - Melanie Charyton

A New Fontier


By: Melanie Charyton

When students at the University of Georgia are finally able to walk under the arch after graduation, they face a new chapter in their lives, one filled with real-world challenges.

The job market is once again resembling pre-recession times. However, through poor financial decisions, their new independence can be thrilling, but can vanish in the blink of an eye.

“I don’t want to make any mistakes, [there’s] probably a bit of a learning curve in the first six months being out of college for that sort of stuff” – John Buckley, UGA Class of 2017

As seen below, the amount of college graduates entering the workforce has been steadily increasing for several decades.

With more graduates, comes more opportunities for them to kickstart their financial independence.

With all of this in mind, can our alma maters step in and help? With the ample resources available on college campus, preparing students for the practical knowledge they need outside the workplace can prepare them for what is to come.

According to the Wall Street Journal, college graduates will utilize nontraditional resources such as apps and blogs rather than university resources for financial advice.

UGA has robust career development resources, but upcoming graduates can avoid making major financial mistakes if they simply utilize all of the ample, yet lesser known resources on campus.

John Buckley, a senior entertainment and media studies major argues that perhaps a mandatory class to prepare seniors for the real-world may end up being burdensome and not useful.

Instead, he agrees that optional campus lectures outside of regular class time could give students more flexibility to learn more about what they foresee as the biggest challenge for them, such as filing their own taxes.


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