“Let’s Do Lunch” with Darius the Intern – Call it What You Want

Happy Monday UAlbany Great Danes! Hopefully you tuned in last week for the inaugural of my lunch time career-related advice. Today I would like to switch gears slightly to inform you of some vital information that all students in higher education should be aware of.

Today, I got the pleasure to attend a press conference with Congressman Paul Tonko. He came to address the interest rate increase of federal loans for students, and if you’re unaware, this is exactly why I wanted to share. Interest rates for federal student loans have doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent — so if we’re talking dollar amount it’s estimated at an average of an additional $2,600 per student.

Some of you may be wondering how this is significant for career advice. Well, Congressman Tonko spoke about the issue that students are (and will be) seeking careers based on a return on investment over genuine interest and passions. And while a sustainable salary is important, doing what you have a passion for will likely benefit you further than choosing a career primarily on pay.

So here’s my suggestion for today talk with a Career Counselor to exhaust the many possibilities of your desired career path and don’t allow a surface level perspective deter you from your dreams. Career Counselors are familiar with the various options that are available in majors and careers so explore them all.

Bill Cosby said it great, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure”. So the next time someone ask you what you want to be and why, confidently say it and then let them know that you’re going to do what you love and love what you do!

Until next time stay tuned, keep up and “Let’s Do Lunch”.

Darius the Intern

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