Why Is It So Important To Gain Work Experience Before Graduating College?
Start writing a post
Entertainment

Why Is It So Important To Gain Work Experience Before Graduating College?

School will teach you structure and concepts, yes, but in order to be prepared for the working field, you need to get your hands dirty.

309
Why Is It So Important To Gain Work Experience Before Graduating College?
rawpixel / Pixabay

What makes a college graduate ready to actually work? Is it really the classes they take or is it prior work experience? It could be both or either one, but it seems as though sometimes even when we get that degree we are still not able to find jobs.

Looking for a job requires a resume and what you put on it can determine your eligibility for that particular job. The problem many college students are facing nowadays is they don’t have anything to put on a resume. They were either privileged and their parents never required them to work for their money, school might have been more of the priority, or they simply didn’t have the jump-start they needed.

One door opens another, and so on. It’s getting that very first job that sets up your predicament for the future. Now, a suggestion for future teenagers would be to attempt to work a little bit in high school. The good news is that most of the time in high school your parents are supporting you, so you don’t necessarily need to get paid. Volunteering also looks good on a resume.

Any kind of outside work is a plus, not just for your resume. When you are working, doing something outside of school for a common purpose, you are building life skills. Sitting in class will definitely NOT prepare you for an 8 hour work day and doing mental and physical work with a small break. School will teach you structure and concepts, yes, but in order to be prepared for the working field, you need to get your hands dirty.

If you didn’t start working a little in high school, don’t worry. You can make up for it in college by getting an internship in your field to start you off. If you can’t get something in your field without a degree, consider getting another kind of job. It is very important to learn outside of the classroom. School is a different atmosphere than the real world. Yes, it is freer and you are more of an independent student so college helps you adjust to that kind of independence, but don’t forget the next step is creating your life.

To create the life that you want, you most likely will need money. If you want to travel the world before settling down, or even if grad school is your next step after undergrad, you’re going to need funds to pay for it. Unfortunately, life is built in the way that you need to earn your right to enjoy your life basically. You can live any life you want but you need to support yourself in order to do that.

When potential employers look at your application, they are going to be looking for any experience that has to do with the job you are applying for. Someone applying for a job needs to at least look like they can do the job at hand. My advice to current college students who haven’t worked yet would be maybe you think you know enough for your field, but in case you do get rejected, I would just get any job I can after college, even something that has nothing to do with your major. Also, you can look for an unpaid internship in your field where you can build the skills and work your way up. It’s definitely not over for you.

Internships and volunteering don’t go unnoticed in the work field. And even if you aren’t at your dream job by 21, it doesn’t mean you are a failure. Keep trying and keep building. Get experience in that field of yours and surely through a process you may get where you want to be. It is all a process no matter how it happens.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

TikTok Made Me Buy It: Flawless's Skincare Fridge

I bought and tested one of TikTok's popular products so you don't have to.

52191

I spend a lot of time on TikTok and I never know whether the products I see are worth it or not, especially when I'm looking at the price. For Christmas, my aunt got me a gift card to Ulta. I didn't know what to buy. I have way too many palettes and lipsticks. I have my essentials. What else could I need? Then it hit me that I saw a lot of people these past few months showing off their skincare fridges. So, the second I thought of it I went on the Ulta app and bought it. So, here are my thoughts.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

37 Cute And Unique Pinterest Board Titles

Let's be real, the hardest part about Pinterest is thinking of a cute title for your board.

26553

I don't know about anyone else but I have recently become re-obsessed with Pinterest. Like, I am spending a stupid amount of time on Pinterest daily now. While I have been binging Pinterest I have found that I love making cute and aesthetic boards but it is SO hard to come up with a name to match it. So, I scoured the internet and my brain for you. Happy pinning!

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

This Is What Type Of Person You Are Based On Your Favorite Cereal

Your cereal preference reveals more than you think.

16363
Photo by Nyana Stoica on Unsplash

Whether you eat cereal for breakfast or a late-night snack, you probably have a favorite. Little did you know that what you prefer says a lot about your personality.

Keep Reading... Show less
Alexis Hoffman

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know that cutting out social interaction has taken its toll.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Asked Instagram How 2020 Was, And Maybe It Wasn't The Worst Year Ever

2020 is a year to remember but it's not as bad as we made it out to be.

46340

It's finally 2021 and we're honestly all just happy that 2020 is over. I decided to ask my Instagram followers how they felt about 2020 and the results were a little more mixed up than expected.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ever since I watched "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days," I've been a major Matthew McConaughey fan. I've seen most of his movies, and I definitely got way too excited when he finally made an Instagram! So when he announced he would be releasing a memoir titled "Greenlights," I knew I absolutely had to get my hands on this book. And so did the rest of the world, as the book began to flood social media.

Truthfully, I would much rather read a fiction book and dive into another world than read a nonfiction book - even if it is one of my favorite celebrities. But I had a feeling this book wouldn't disappoint or bore.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

The Armie Hammer Scandal Discourse Is Kink Shaming And Harming Actual Victims

The rumors surrounding Armie Hammer has resulted in some very toxic and harmful discourse.

16044

Sex is something that occupies a very significant place in our lives. Even asexual people can have an active sex life. With the various types of people that comprise this world, it obviously results in various sexual interests. And unconventional people can engage in some pretty unconventional sex practices. Even the most conventional people on the surface might surprise us with their sexual fantasies.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments