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First-generation students encounter more hardships, new resources

The thought of heading off to college makes most teens feel excited, anxious and maybe a little scared. But first-generation students—those whose parents didn’t attend college—face a slew of other emotions as they prepare to step foot on college campuses across the country.

“It’s scary,” said Janet Gallardo, a senior at Whitney Young and future first-generation college student. “You won’t have anyone to tell you what it’s like.”

A few of the burdens these students face are balancing significant work and home responsibilities, financial challenges and a grueling workload that high schools in lower socioeconomic areas may not have prepared them for.

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InsideTrack and Chegg Partner to Bring Convenient, Affordable Career Coaching to College Students

This spring, it’s estimated that U.S. colleges and Universities will award 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees[1]. While the vast majority of students say they are attending college to get a good job[2], unemployment rates are 2.3 times higher for recent graduates than for college degree holders overall[3]. It’s clear that getting a job today often requires more than a diploma. To assist the graduating classes of 2015 and beyond in closing this gap, InsideTrack, a leading student success organization, and Chegg, the Student Hub, today announced a partnership to bring professional career coaching directly to students.

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With less than 40% of graduates ever using their on-campus career services centers[4], and the average ratio on college campuses nationwide at 1,889 students to each career services professional[5], a need exists to reach today’s students with digital tools that meet their expectations for on-demand availability. Through InsideTrack’s web and mobile-enabled platform, students anywhere, irrespective of the educational institution they attend, can now access the tools they need to manage their job search and prepare for long-term career success on-demand, anytime, anywhere.

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