Colin Roderick February 11, 2009
Last week, Dr. Ruocco spoke to us about life after studying engineering at Roger Williams University. He spoke about what employers are looking for in a potential candidate to work for them. He spoke of the skills, knowledge and techniques that people need in order to obtain a job. He gave us the realistic statistic that 25% of people leave their jobs within the first year of getting hired. There are many reasons for this, including personal and interpersonal reasons. He also talked about what we as potential graduates hold as our priorities while thinking about where we want to go and what we want to do after school. These priorities include our job, the location of our job and the lifestyle that we choose to lead. Dr. Ruocco gave us a small insight into how much money we will be spending while living on our own and what fraction of our paycheck will be contributed to each piece of living, including housing, food, transportation and utilities. He also talked about how we have the choice to choose everything about our future, including where we want to live and what we want to do.
One Major Strength
I think that the major strength of this lecture was the credibility that Dr. Ruocco holds. He has gone through this himself and would obviously not be telling this if it was not true.
One Major Weakness
I can’t think of a weakness of this lecture. It was very relevant to our class and was also very informative including numbers and statistics.
I think that it would be helpful to hear this perspective from someone who has completed their job selection recently and is now living on their own. I think this would have helped to relate these ideas to our class even more.
I didn’t think that out of a person’s income that they had to pay so much in taxes. I figured that taxes would be around 10-15% of ones income, not 15-28%.