What do students need to know about the "real world" of life after college?
That it's dog eat dog world, and who you know counts far more than what you know! Be prepared to swallow your pride when offered a low-paying entry level position, and consider sales as a way to supplement your income. If necessary, take some night classes to enhance your resume, and don't bitch about the fact that some kid w/a high school diploma is making more than you. In the real world it's experience that counts more than anything. When I first got into financial services in 1977, I looked so young (I was 32), that I grew a goatee to add age to my appearance. Now it's 2012, and I look a lot older, but still less than my soon to be 67 years belies.