By Katrina Moton (BSPR ‘08)
I was recently reading an article by freelance writer Laura Cothran that talked about the trend of recent college graduates who return home after graduation. The term used was “Boomerang Generation”, and it describes college graduates who go back to live with their parents while they try to pursue their careers.
With everyone talking about the state of the economy, and its effect on the job search, it got me thinking. How is this “Boomerang Generation” keeping up with the skills needed for the careers that they want to get? If you were a graphic design major, and after you finished school you took a job at a department store in the meantime, what are you doing to continue honing those skills in graphic design?
This story takes a look at what one Gator Grad, who has a passion for art, is doing to keep on track.
There are different options that college graduates can use to sharpen their job-related skills. Just as Jermaine did, recent grads can offer their talents to organizations where, in return, you can have sample work to add to your portfolio and experience to add to your resume. Also, joining organizations, like the University of Florida Alumni Association, can put you in a great situation to talk with professionals. They may agree to be a mentor or give you information about a job or internship opportunity. Whatever the case, be active about reaching the goals that you have set for yourself. Don’t let your dreams be deferred.
As promised, the South Florida chapter of UF’s Association of Black Alumni is doing its part to give you a first-hand look at the people and issues that make up this great organization. To do that, we will be frequently offering you stories that spotlight these people and issues. So, if there is a topic that you would like us to feature or if you’re interested in becoming a contributor, send us an email at UFABA.SoFla@gmail.com.