You have to make stuff.
— David Carr

The quote above was the nugget of practical wisdom given by journalist David Carr when asked if he had any advice for students. Carr is right. If you’re graduating college soon (and you’re not trying to become a doctor, lawyer, or accountant), you need to heed his advice and begin making something now. A degree isn't what it used to be. An employer, today, wants to see more than a BA in Marketing.

When I’m looking for hires, I too want a candidate that has taken the initiative and built something, started something, created something. I want to see that he has taken an idea and made it happen, regardless of whether it was successful or not.

Yes, a degree is something, but it’s no longer enough. You have to make stuff.