On Thursday I attended the Honors program banquet for graduating seniors. I asked one of the students at my table what he was doing after graduation. He responded that he had just started looking for a job yesterday and planned to send out lots of resumes this week.

Then after graduation on Friday, I was walking back from the arena when I heard a graduate talking to his mother. What building is that, she asked? The young man replied: “I think it has Career Services and other weird stuff. I don’t go in there.” Pray for his mom.

If doing something about getting a job wasn’t important enough to you before you graduate, why would an employer believe you are going to be motivated enough to think ahead on their behalf once you are on the job?

Paul Jarley, Ph.D., is the dean of the UCF College of Business Administration. He blogs every week at http://www.bus.ucf.edu/deanThis post appeared on December 17, 2012. Follow him on Twitter @pauljarley.