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Where to Send Your Kids to College if You Don’t Want Them to Move Home After Graduation

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We see a lot of it today: Degree-wielding kids fresh out of college and ready to take on the world, only to find out that they have to move back in with mom and dad. While the post-college job scramble is common, students at Temple University prepare for the job market while they are still at school with top-notch courses and extensive career counseling programs. 

Temple students don’t only graduate on time, but the university’s programs are designed to prepare students for a successful future. Student Liam Cleary, Class of 2016, served seven years in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, and took his interest in the environment to Temple’s landscape and architecture program afterwards. After commencement, he will begin a full-time position at an architecture firm. Plus, he and his wife are also expecting their second child in July.

“The quality of work expected in my program has always been at a very high level, which I think has ultimately prepared me to be a successful practitioner of landscape architecture,” he said.

That same reverence for classroom experience is shared by Gregory Jones, who was not only the president of Temple’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter, but also developed a research paper with Jamie Bracey, EDU ’07, ’11, director, College of Engineering while he was an undergraduate. Following graduation, he’s headed to Orlando, Florida to work for Hensel Phelps.

In addition to valuable coursework, Temple students are encouraged to find internships while they are studying. Temple’s career center as well as the counseling services at individual schools provide students with a multitude of resources to help them land internships and even receive credit for completing them. Students get first-hand experience working in their field before hitting the job market, which makes a world of difference.

Tiffany Skyes came to Temple’s Beasley School of Law with the goal of becoming a Air Force JAG—a Judge Advocate General. She got plenty of hands-on experience while she was at Temple.

“After working in the District Attorney’s office, I was able to walk into my JAG interview and say, ‘I’ve put up real cases, I’ve been a lawyer, I’ve put on expert witnesses … I know how a courtroom functions.’ That was big,” she said. She will attend JASOC—Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course—in Maxwell, Alabama.

School of hospitality and tourism management student Brandon Johnson, Class of 2016, turned an internship into a full-time position during his time at Temple. Johnson is the team operations coordinator for Bethlehem Steel FC, the United Soccer League affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.

“I couldn’t have been more prepared for this position, and that’s because of [Temple],” Johnson said.

Bill Kelly, a Lancaster native, also parlayed critical internship experiences at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and Defender’s Association of Philadelphia into an acceptance letter from Yale Law School. He’ll be heading there in the fall.

In addition to helping with internships, Temple’s career center gives students access to a variety of resources that help them succeed in the job market. Students can receive guidance on resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing and job searching skills. They can even set up mock job interviews and receive feedback that will help them market their best self when it comes time for a serious job hunt. Temple also attracts many employers for recruitment, both online and at on-campus job fairs.

With ongoing career support for students and alumni alike, students at Temple go on to find valuable employment. To learn more about the career services at Temple, click here.