Are you a college junior? Use these tips to prepare for your career while you are in school.
If you are pursuing a college degree to gain the skills employers want, keep in mind that getting good grades is not enough to impress most employers. Follow the strategies listed below to better prepare and promote yourself to prospective employers.
1. Begin Preparing for Life After College
At this point, you should be preparing for life after college. Make a list of the positive and negative elements of the internships, courses and opportunities you were afforded. You should then visit your institution’s career center website as well review any printed resources to research career options. After researching career options, also research potential employers in your area of interest and record the common traits that these employers are looking for in an ideal candidate.
If you have the opportunity during the academic break to shadow someone in your interested field, you should take the opportunity to do so. In the interim, you conduct an internship search; talk with the Career Center about resources, process and paperwork; work with academic internship advisor to complete the required paperwork.
2. Gain Experience
You should begin developing your resume and have it reviewed by a career center counselor or administrator. This is going to be your college profile and speak to your accomplishments to date. You should bring this resume with you when you attend relevant career related workshop on job search topics. At this time, you should also, continue on-campus and off-campus work that is related to your major. Whether that is participating in an internship, performing a research project in your major, participating in a student professional organization or attending a conference, you should be looking for ways to improve your skills and experience to enhance your resume.
Don’t forget to sign up for a mock interview(s) and attend on- and off-campus career fairs to network with employers and learn about the types of jobs they offer. While you should research scholarships and fellowship since your freshman year, don’t forget to ask him if they offer any tuition assistance programs for their employees!
3. Preparing for College
As a junior, thinking about graduate school should not come in your senior year. If you are planning to enroll in graduate school immediately following your bachelor, it is important to know that the enrollment process of graduate may take up to a year to complete. Therefore you should begin your research by attending a graduate or professional school workshop. Talk to faculty and family members about graduate within your academic field. You should also take this opportunity to visit the graduate school programs in person. It is important to know that each graduate school programs, does not fit the current life style of every applicant.
With these tips in mind, beginning in your junior (of earlier) you should begin building your professional wardrobe to be really for any interviews. Remember, there are companies that may hire you in your junior with anticipation that you will graduate within a set period of time.