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From College to the Workplace: How Are Recent Grads Adjusting to Professional Life?

A new school year has begun at most area colleges and universities. Those schools, of course, seek to create a friendly, accommodating environment for students. As such, some recent graduates may find it challenging to transition from a college campus into the workplace. There’s always been a certain amount of culture shock that comes with […]

Rice University's Lovett Hall seen from the east near dusk. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaA new school year has begun at most area colleges and universities. Those schools, of course, seek to create a friendly, accommodating environment for students. As such, some recent graduates may find it challenging to transition from a college campus into the workplace. There’s always been a certain amount of culture shock that comes with entering the workforce full-time. But is it more pronounced today?

We discuss what the workaday world expects of new graduates, what students, in turn, expect of the workplace and what faculty see about how students’ attitudes and expectations may be changing.

We talk with: Trey Strange, editor in chief for The Cougar, the University of Houston’s student newspaper; Dr. David Worth, director of forensics and senior lecturer in humanities at Rice University; and Joe Bontke, acting deputy director of the Houston district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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