The post-grad life can seem foreboding. As you enter uncharted territory, you must draw on your past experiences to navigate this new world of uncertainty. Once you graduate from college it is up to you to secure your next step, so don't let your future sneak up on you. Employ these strategies to make the most of your college experience and build a foundation for the career you've always dreamed of.
1. Become friends with career services.
Every college has a center for career services and students often procrastinate until their senior year to take advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer. Get to know the people who work there by name, and absorb all of their advice. The more you stand out in a person's mind, the more likely you are to be recommended for internships or job offers.
2. Attend colloquium speaker events that relate to your major.
Most academic departments on your campus organize some type of speaker series. Not only are these presentations inspiring and filled with excellent advice, they can also be an opportunity to network. The speakers are usually highly successful in their field and often encourage students to ask them questions about their career. By engaging with speakers and establishing a connection with them, you can build a contact list that will help you progress in your future career.
3. Join clubs that spark your interest.
Clubs are an easy way to build a network of friends who share your goals. In addition to boosting your resume, clubs allow you to explore your interests without making a huge commitment. Taking part in activities on campus will expose you to new experiences that may be influential in helping you to decide on a career path.
4. Stand out in class and build relationships with your professors.
Taking on an active role in your education is the most essential part of your college experience. By impressing your professors and getting to know them better, you will increase your chances of receiving glowing recommendation letters and even getting selected for fellowships, scholarships, and internships.
5. Surround yourself with people who motivate you and will help you advance in your profession.
Building a strong network of friends, co-workers, and superiors will benefit you immensely in the long run. By knowing people who are willing to go to bat for you, you will stand out among employers because there are others willing to express their confidence in your abilities.