'Little Tricks' Help Disadvantaged Students Plot Career Paths

'Little Tricks' Help Disadvantaged Students Find Career Paths 1

Jason Greene for The Chronicle

Milinda Ajawara (center right) and fellow students celebrate their first year at Hamilton College at a dinner for First Year Forward. The program gives low-income students an early start in the career-planning process.

Some students start college with such savvy parents and strong connections that landing well after graduation is all but guaranteed. For their less-advantaged classmates, translating a new degree into a solid career can be a challenge.

Mary McLean Evans noticed that disparity among young alumni of Hamilton College, where she is assistant vice president and executive director of the career center. The difference was most acute, she says, for students who hadn't plotted a course during