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Old 01-27-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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Hello, I graduated in May 2011 but haven't found a job yet. I recently saw a job posting on the college website, so I went and applied for it. It's an administrative assistant job.

Is this kind of thing looked down upon? Do colleges fear hiring its own graduates because it's a sign that the college is not good at preparing its own students for the real world? I'd like to know if I have a better or worse chance of getting the job.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:50 PM
 
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Hello, I graduated in May 2011 but haven't found a job yet. I recently saw a job posting on the college website, so I went and applied for it. It's an administrative assistant job.

Is this kind of thing looked down upon? Do colleges fear hiring its own graduates because it's a sign that the college is not good at preparing its own students for the real world? I'd like to know if I have a better or worse chance of getting the job.
Why would they fear that? Do you think the position at the college is not a "real world" job? The only thing I would fear is living off of the pay. The administrative assistant positions I've seen posted at local collegs in the past pay about $25-30k (and strangely require a college degree and several years of experience).
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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Sorry I said "real world". I guess what I really meant was a job I would have gotten on my own rather than being handed one by the school. I thought there might me some unwritten policy of not hiring alums. It could be bad for the school's image when its own graduates aren't good enough to get jobs on their own or in their field of study.

The job requires college "and/or equivalent experience", and by that they mean "confidential and service-related". Pays $14.90/hr.

Would the fact that I'm an alum make my chances better or worse? Anyone else experience this before?
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:47 PM
 
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At least they won't reject you for having a poor education!!!
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:33 PM
 
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I started working at my alma mater 4 months after graduation. Several of my colleagues also started as coordinators (essentially administrative assistants) and they are now 6-10 years in and assistant directors or directors.

Is the job in a department you had connections with? Milk your connections for all that they're worth. If you worked in work study, ask you old supervisors for insight into the new department. I got my job because my old supervisor's boss called my current supervisor's boss. Of course, I interviewed well as well, but that's what got me hired from across the country for an entry level job.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:40 PM
 
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At least they won't reject you for having a poor education!!!
Don't be surprised. I'm sure most colleges know the education they give is overrated. Why hire a new grad when there are probably plenty of people with experience who need a job.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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I started working at my alma mater 4 months after graduation. Several of my colleagues also started as coordinators (essentially administrative assistants) and they are now 6-10 years in and assistant directors or directors.

Is the job in a department you had connections with? Milk your connections for all that they're worth. If you worked in work study, ask you old supervisors for insight into the new department. I got my job because my old supervisor's boss called my current supervisor's boss. Of course, I interviewed well as well, but that's what got me hired from across the country for an entry level job.
Wow, I've done work study before, why didn't I think of that . Though, it was for a different department. What should I say to my old bosses, just ask them if they can get me in there?
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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No not at all. In fact, being an alum can help you, especially in the development office, admissions or in student services.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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Wow, I've done work study before, why didn't I think of that . Though, it was for a different department. What should I say to my old bosses, just ask them if they can get me in there?
Because colleges often do a really bad job at teaching students how to network, so you don't think about it! My college was an exception, thank goodness.

What department did you work in and which are you applying for? There might be more connections than you think! I would approach your old supervisor (maybe ask him or her out to lunch) and ask to talk about working in higher ed. You will learn something about a field that offers fantastic benefits, gain a stronger connection, practice your networking skills, and hopefully get a leg up! As you are discussing the field, mention the job you are applying to.

It might even open the door to future employment in the office if this position doesn't work out! I interviewed from out of state and my old supervisors actually helped set me up in interviews for jobs that were not listed yet.

We have also now transitioned from a student worker - supervisor relationship to a colleague relationship. I find this incredibly beneficial in learning how to exist in an office environment as someone who was always either a student worker or intern.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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Sorry I said "real world". I guess what I really meant was a job I would have gotten on my own rather than being handed one by the school. I thought there might me some unwritten policy of not hiring alums. It could be bad for the school's image when its own graduates aren't good enough to get jobs on their own or in their field of study.

The job requires college "and/or equivalent experience", and by that they mean "confidential and service-related". Pays $14.90/hr.

Would the fact that I'm an alum make my chances better or worse? Anyone else experience this before?
Why would you think that? I worked at two well know universities that had both faculty and staff that were alumni.

I have to say I enjoyed one of those jobs(the other not so much due to office politics) than the other jobs I had at corporations. Working on a nice campus has its perks.

Nothing wrong with this at all.
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