When I graduated from college in 1998, the job market was booming. The “dot com” bubble had not yet burst. AOL was hip. Flip phones were cool. Google was a noun – not a verb. The world was flat.
If someone had asked my 1995 pledge class from North Carolina Epsilon if they were worried about “life after college,” most would have responded that they were more worried about whether we would be able to book a good band for spring formal.
The truth is that all of us were blissfully myopic – and naïve about how hard it would eventually be to transition from the bubble of college brotherhood into independent men.
SigEp’s Life After College program gives undergraduate brothers from all across the country the opportunity to learn from accomplished alumni about how to handle job searches, craft a personal budget, invest wisely and build a professional network.
This past November I was honored to participate in the Life After College Southeast program with my best friend and SigEp brother Humes Franklin, Davidson ’98, and a host of other alumni and more than 100 college attendees from all over the southeast. The highlight of the workshop for me was the opportunity to work in small interactive groups where I could help facilitate individual personal narratives that might help students distinguish themselves in the current competitive job market.
The Life After College program reminded me that while much has changed in nearly a full generation since I joined, brothers helping brothers is still an immutable part of the Fraternity.
To learn more about facilitating at Life After College, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brother Colin K. Kelly, Esq., is an attorney and a facilitator for the Life After College program.