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HPU Career Expert Writes Book on Transitioning from Campus to Career

Posted on May 21, 2013.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 21, 2013 – This time of year, many new college graduates are thrust into a new reality far different than life on a college campus; students often find the transition to the real world confusing and unfamiliar. Thanks to a new book written by Eric Melniczek, career counselor in the Office of Career and Internship Services at High Point University, students have a guide to help ease their transition into the real world.

The book, “Transition to the Real World,” focuses on the transition between a student’s senior year of college and their first year in the working world. The book features stories, tips, statistics and advice aimed at 20-somethings. Melniczek suggests that by understanding the transition from college to the workforce, students will be able to thrive as a post-graduate.

Melniczek notes that there is an unmet need in the marketplace for this type of resource.

“There are several things that one needs to do at work that are not found in a company’s employee handbook – I learned that quickly in my own transition from college to the work world,” Melniczek says. “For instance, understanding how to stand out in a crowd, how to get promoted, finding a mentor, volunteering to do work others won’t, demonstrating initiative – these are all necessary for success.”

Many career professionals, including those employed at other colleges and universities, have indicated how helpful Melniczek’s book is, including John Liptak, associate director of career services at Radford University.

“Because of his vast experience in the field of career counseling, Eric has a real grasp of what it takes to transition from college to a career,” Liptak says. “This is an extraordinary book full of practical and proven strategies, helpful stories, and tips for making a successful transition into the 21st century workplace. Eric’s own personal secrets for success are thankfully no longer a secret!”

Melniczek earned a Bachelor of Science in business management from Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah, N.J., as well as a Master of Arts in Education in educational leadership and policy studies with a focus in higher education and student affairs administration from Virginia Tech.

Melniczek’s book, “Transition to the Real World,” is available on Amazon.

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