College is a great time and you could be at the top of your game, moving through each semester successfully. No matter how strong you might feel as a college student, you can’t forget about the end goal. Especially in this day and age, it’s becoming harder to get a job straight out of college, and who dreams of graduation and moving back in with the parents? You have to work towards things that will land you a job when it’s all set and done. Keep up the good work, but add a couple of these tips to your yearly plan.
1. Build Your Network
Making connections doesn’t always mean going to sanctioned functions, having enlightening and intellectual conversations over dinner, and then boom you have a contact. Building your network can start with knowing your professor. It’s always important to know your professor to get ahead in classes but as said before, you have to look at the bigger picture. Professors are professors because they have been in the industry a lot longer than you, and are your industry professionals. This also means that their connections can become your connections. They can write you amazing recommendation letters, be a great reference on resumes, or let you in on great job opportunities. Before all of this, you should add them to you LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, MAKE A LINKEDIN PROFILE!
2. Land An Internship
Internships are one of the most effective ways to land a job after college, especially if you’re interning in your dream industry. Internships can grant you more connections and you can showcase your talents. If you’re lucky enough (or play your cards right) you could even be offered a job by the end of your internship.
3. Learn Another Language
Why not? If you’ve already put in the work towards four years of Spanish in high school, utilize those powers! This could lead to study abroad opportunities which sets your resume apart from all others. Trust that you will find far more opportunities after college or employers looking for that “little something extra.” If you do end up wanting to master your foreign language for the workplace, read our tips from You’ll Be Awed If You Study Abroad to help get you started.
4. Maintain A Clean Profile
Nothing on the internet is private and nothing is worse than losing the position your interviewing for because you had a little too much fun at college parties three years ago. It’s easy to just make all your social media profiles private yes, but go that extra step to look polished. Change your Facebook settings so that people can’t tag you in pictures without your permission first. A nice dinner with your friends while you’re drinking wine seems nice when you’re studying abroad and of legal age, but not so much to people who don’t know the situation. Avoid cursing up and down your statuses, pictures, and tweets. It doesn’t add anything to what you want to get across or to your social image.
5. Utilize The Career Office
Your career office is much more valuable than you might think, regardless if you may not be a business, accounting, or marketing major. They always know about alumni looking for young, ambitious students to hire. Better yet they can help you with the tools to succeed like improving your resume, practicing for an interview, and overall being your career coach.
It’s okay to have fun in college and you should have fun in college, but just remember these few tips to land your dream job after graduation.