First-Gen College Grads Face More Hurdles in the Job Market

Students whose parents didn’t go to college often work instead of joining extracurricular activities, and can lag peers on skills like résumé writing.

Christelle Louis’ single mother, a Haitian immigrant and certified nursing assistant at a nursing home, never went to college. But she always pushed her daughter to get the education she needed for a good job—maybe as a doctor or an engineer.

Louis would learn, however, that this payoff is tougher to achieve for students like her, who are the first in their families to go to college, than for her better-connected classmates.

Despite good grades in high school, Louis couldn’t afford to enroll at a campus outside her native

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