Santa Cruz Good Times

Thursday
Jul 30th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Welcome to the Workforce

news3Recent college graduate uses social media to ramp up local job opportunities for his peers

When the words “college” and “graduation” come up together in a conversation, they are invariably followed by the word “job.” This is understandable, but also daunting for many recent grads, particularly in light of ongoing unemployment trends and financial uncertainties left over from the all-too-recent Great Recession.

As the most recent batch of UC Santa Cruz graduates hang up their caps and gowns and get that diploma framed, they may be wondering, “Well, what am I going to do with this?”

This is where Kabir Sehgal comes in. The UCSC alumnus hopes to provide an answer to that conundrum with Slug Jobs, a Facebook group he created about three months ago.

The concept behind Slug Jobs is simple: members of the group may post and share any information they have relating to finding a job in Santa Cruz, whether it be notice of a business that is hiring or posting a resume in the hopes of getting noticed or having it peer edited.

“When I graduated, all anyone was talking about was just figuring out how to get a job,” says Sehgal, who graduated in June and now works for Google as a product quality associate. “I was noticing that very few people actually knew what to do with their degree now that they had it. I am always looking for ways to help out my alma mater, and so I came up with Slug Jobs.”

Slug Jobs, which now boasts more than 4,300 subscribers, offers more than just information about local employment.

Although helping new UCSC graduates was the original inspiration for the Slug Jobs project, Sehgal sees is as a local solution that could serve as a model for addressing a national quandary.

“One of the things that I noticed about students that stuck with me was the amount of students who were in college just to have a chance at a decent paying career,” says Sehgal. “The thought process of current students is, ‘I need to go to college to get a job, I need a job to make money. I need to make lots of money so I can pay off my education.’”

“A bachelor’s degree isn’t worth as much as it used to be, and this is my way of combating that,” he adds.

Slug Jobs has begun to attract imitators, with the somewhat younger Spartan Jobs helping the alumni of San Jose State University find jobs in and around the Bay Area.

Sehgal is also putting the Slug Jobs model to use with his new company, Fieldstudy.net. Through the website, Sehgal plans to “create a new curriculum for students to allow them to take internships while in college for course credit toward their major.” Like Slug Jobs, the goal is to make the transition from college to the workforce a bit easier. 

“I'm doing this because there is a gap between learning in school and graduation,” he says. “[This gap] is the application of skills in the 'real world.’”

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Health Screening

Santa Cruz wellness expert releases app to improve workplace well-being

 

Leo Sun; Full Moon, Venus Retro in Leo; Saturn Direct

It’s a complex week of planetary movements, challenges, demands and callings. We’re in the time of the Leo Sun. Leo—fixed fire, gold, the heart, generous, strong, noble, the king/queen—needs appreciation and praise from everyone in order to move forward. During Leo we gain a greater sense of self-identification by recognizing our creativity. It’s therefore a perfect time for Venus retrograding in Leo. In Venus retrograde we review and re-assess values. Venus retro in Leo concerns our self as valuable, acknowledging talents, gifts, abilities and offerings. Friday, Venus re-enters Leo (29 degrees, a critical degree) continuing the retrograde to 14 degrees Leo on Sept. 6. Friday (Full Moon) is also the (8 degrees) Leo solar festival, Festival of the Future. Leo is the heart of the sun, the heart of all that matters. When attuned to this heart, we have understanding and inclusivity. The heart of the Lion is Mitra (think “Maitreya,” the coming World Teacher). Leo prepares humanity to receive divine love from subtle sources and later to radiate that love to the kingdoms. Sirius, Ray 2, where love originates, streams through Regulus (heart of Leo), into the heart of the sun (Ray 2) and into all hearts. The heart of Leo is Regulus. Joining Venus, the love underlying all of creation appears. Saturday is Sun/Neptune (confusion or devotion) with late night Saturn turning stationary direct. Ideas, plans and structures held long in abeyance (since March 14) slowly move forward. (Read more on Leo and the week at nightlightnews.org and Risa D’Angeles’ Facebook page, accessed through my website.)

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Jailbreak with Reality

‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ revisits one of the most notorious studies of all time
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Holy Cannoli

New bakery opens in Ben Lomond, plus Randall Grahm’s quest to grow 10,000 new grape varieties, and Mexican cooking classes

 

Is Santa Cruz turning into Malibu North?

It's got a ways to go before it gets wrecked like Malibu, but I think we need to be very careful about growth. Maria Mattioli, Santa Cruz, Psychotherapist

 

Bargetto Winery

A much-anticipated annual event at Bargetto Winery is the release of their very special La Vita red wine. June 7 was the day to be heralded this year, and I happily squeezed my car into their overloaded car park in eager anticipation of tasting the new La Vita nectar.

 

Margaritaville

Popular Capitola spot gets new owner and complete makeover