HOORAY! First and foremost, thank you so much for stopping by my site. I am beyond excited to finally launch my resume creation and career development business & blog. This has been a dream of mine that I’ve been sitting on for a long time. A passion that has finally come to fruition. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.
As one of my first posts, I want to share some wise wisdom with you, especially if you are still in college. Are you ready for this? This will be mind boggling…. you need to be working while you’re studying.
I know, I know… it seems silly to think that you have to work and study at the same time, but I promise you that it will only come in handy once you graduate and are out on your own. Working while you’re in college doesn’t only provide you additional income, but it also gives you something that money can’t: experience.
It’s a tough world out there. You will have a lot of education (and loans!) when you’re out of college, but there won’t be as many jobs available to you. You’ll be competing with people with more experience than you for the same jobs. I won’t sugar coat this: you’ll be backed into a corner and scratching your head because companies won’t hire you due to not having enough experience, but you need them to hire you so that you can get that experience. So, how do you get that experience if they won’t hire you? Well, here are 5 easy tips you can follow to get that experience while still in college:
- Work in the industry that you are most interested in getting into. Just be honest with yourself: you won’t start at the top. You won’t be anywhere near the top, but you will be in the industry gaining that experience you’ll need to keep going.
- Realize that you are NOT too good for an entry level position. Additionally, starting in an entry level position while in college will also give you a slight upper hand out of college because you may become qualified for the next step.
- Apply for Work-Study programs. It’s a great place to get work while on Federal Assistance, get experience, and network! One of the best things you can do is network with associates not just in the career path that you are interested in, but also those outside of it as well. You never know when those paths will cross.
- Get an internship. Even if you don’t get credit for it or it’s unpaid, you are still gaining valuable experience and establishing strong networks (which I talk about in my last note below). Internships give you a small glimpse into the world that you are interested in being a part of. Even if you get an unpaid one, it will still be worth it (believe me, I’ve had to do that before). In addition to the on-the-job skills you learn, you will also learn incredible skills on how to budget your money and manage your time more effectively.
- Network. Any person you come in contact has the potential to be the key to getting your job. It can be a friend of a friend’s, someone you met at your local religious group, or a group of people who share the same passions and hobbies. It doesn’t matter who or where you meet these people, but establishing that network and tie with them will help you gain employment in the future.
I don’t give you these 5 tips because that’s what the research and professional articles suggest… I give you these tips because these are tried and true concepts that have worked for many people I know, including myself.
Now tell me, what is it that you want to do when you graduate? And, what are you doing now to gain the experience for that job? And for those who have already graduated: How many times did you change your degree plan? What was it like getting your first job out of college?