I would like to comment on what you asked in “Street Talk” for your May 8 edition. Your question was “What advice do you have for the Class of 2014 graduates?”
The best advice that I can give to university students is to do as many internships as possible during their college years. Since I moved here three years ago from Southern California I have given scholastic internships to three students every semester. They put in 150 hours of their time and build up impressive resumes that are far above and beyond of just what their GPA is. Business owners are interested in finding out what they did during their four years to be fully prepared for the job that they are seeking the day they graduate.
There are hundreds of businesses in Missoula that can use the help of college students who “want to learn more about their chosen field.” So, I encourage all of your collegiate readers to start looking into internships. The university will also help them find what they are looking for.
Oh, by the way, when I lived in Los Angeles and San Diego I used interns for over 40 years and am proud to say many of my students have moved on to great careers in their chosen fields.