Exactly 8000 days ago today (and yes I considered the leap years) I started selling Cutco Cutlery for Vector Marketing Corporation while on my winter break from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. I continued working around school and learned to manage my time well enough to get better grades than I was getting before working with Cutco. I also earned enough to buy a new car without the help of mom and dad. Not to mention what the experience did for my résumé. I'm still going strong with Cutco and Vector and have shown 1000s of students how to do what I've done.
The most common issue facing the young people our company recruits today is the reluctance many parents have about letting their sons and daughters work while attending college. But studies show that if a student finds work while they’re in high school, and then continues to work part-time through college, they’re much more likely to get a job when they graduate. Not working means missing out on important experiences—including disappointment—that can help them learn how to cope in the real world and shape their view of it.
Without some sort of work experience, college students often graduate without ever having to prepare a résumé or go through the interview process. They emerge into the real world assuming they’re qualified for a first-class job in a professional setting. Not so fast. It turns out most companies now prefer new hires who already have some workplace mileage behind them, to avoid having to teach them from scratch.
You’re going to make mistakes no matter where or when you launch your working life. Why not make them while you’re still in school and get that part of your education behind you?
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by John Wasserman
Proceeds benefit Children's Dyslexia Centers