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Condoleeza Rice pushes for better work training at colleges

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Many college students ask themselves, "Is this what I want to do when I graduate?" But former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice said colleges should think about whether they've done enough to make sure students can land jobs.

Rice is just one of the speakers during a three-day discussion Wake Forest University is having about whether colleges and universities are doing a good enough job preparing students for the workforce.

"If we are more rigorous in the way we train our students in writing, they will be better off when they go into the workforce," Rice said.

Mercy Eyadiel's job is to help Wake Forest students find a job. According to her, one problem is many students don't seek out internships until their junior or senior year.

"We're actually encouraging them to start much earlier so they can get acclimated to the world of work and start to really hone in on what their passion and what their interests are," said Eyadiel.

Eyadiel said students need to network more and effectively communicate their point of view in order to be successful.

Dr. Rice made similar points but also said even successful universities need to make changes sometimes to make sure students succeed.

Victoria Hill is a senior at Wake Forest University studying political science. As graduation approaches she's getting more concerned about her future, so she asked the former Secretary of State for advice.

"You spoke about the importance of finding your passion. I was wondering when you think you found it, and, then, a few years down the road (if) you're not so sure that what you thought was your passion is your passion anymore. What do you advise? Do you stick it out or do you find something new?" Hill asked.

"I would hope for a little while you stick it out, but maybe you try some other form. By all means there's nothing that says you have to have the same job and career for your entire life," Rice said.