No university student has a lot of free time during their undergraduate career, especially not in the final year. You have your coursework, final exams, internships, volunteer work and of course, parties. The schedule is full all the time, and it can be hard to look beyond graduation. It’s essential, however, to start developing yourself professionally before receiving your degree.
Here are 3 simple things you can do while still an undergraduate to maximize your final year in college.
1) Make the most of what your college has to offer
With thousands of students passing through each year, colleges have all the resources to transition into the working world. Your success is an investment to them. Take advantage of all the resources they have on offer! University career service offices will not only review your resume and cover letters. They can also coach your interviewing skills and help you access programs at partner schools. Build relationships with faculty. A professor can give you a huge boost towards future career success. They can provide you with advice and help you to foster contacts with people in that field. They can also offer a chance to support their research, giving you valuable experience.
2) Find ways to connect with people in the field you’re interested. Look for non-traditional settings.
By attending industry events and networking effectively, you’ll make connections in your field. These connections can help you get a job much faster. College is the best time to start making connections. Many universities host career fairs for their students throughout the year. Go even further by finding casual ways to meet with others who work in your industry. They may use campus facilities. For example – if you know people from a company you’re interested in play pickup soccer on your campus, check it out. Make connections with people doing something you enjoy. Once they know you and what you’re about, they’re all the more likely to support you in your career.
3) Highlight transferable skills you’ve obtained and how you have set yourself apart.
Many college students worry that it will be tough to find a job after they graduate due to lack of experience. Deal with this by reconsidering the experience you have had thus far! Your resume should display your internships, projects, and side jobs as professional experiences. Highlight the transferable skills you will be able to use in your professional life. In the interview, discuss the accomplishments that put you above and beyond the rest.
Your final year of college is a huge turning point. It’s full of opportunities for making fun memories. It’s also full of opportunities for setting the tone for your professional career. Don’t neglect to develop your professional life for partying and graduate with regret. Take advantage of all the services offered to you and start getting organized. The transition to the real world won’t be such a shock, and you can still enjoy your last months as a student.
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