Most of us don’t really worry about seeking help before we have a problem. But when you’re planning to join the workforce for the very first time, you may not know what you don’t know. It’s brand new!
For that reason, it’s important to discover all of the career resources available to you before it’s too late to utilize them. It’s never too early to meet with your assigned counselor to start asking for career help. Meeting with your counselor or heading straight to the career center, if your school has one, are two great ways to start.
If you’re still wondering exactly where your degree will take you once you graduate, start doing a little research on all your options. Your career center will be able to provide practical advice on what career paths may interest you.
You can also start with an online search. Idaho State University offers a useful online tool to help you find your dream career path. Visit “What Can I Do with My Major” and select your major to view a detailed list of terrific options you may not have considered before. Then you can go into your career center with an idea of how you can achieve your goals at your school.
Many career centers offer free resume review sessions to students. Make an appointment and bring in your polished resume. Don’t waste your and the reviewer’s time by bringing in something that you’ve put little work into. The reviewer is available to help you fine-tune your resume, not write it for you.
What many students tend to overlook or put off is creating a portfolio of work. A portfolio is an invaluable tool for job-hunters of all ages, but it’s particularly useful for those with limited career experience. The reviewer should be able to take a look at that as well.
You may also be able to schedule a mock-interview to help you prepare for the real thing. This may seem a bit scary for first-timers, but that’s all the more reason to do it.
The interviewer will pitch you common interview prompts: tell me about yourself, why are you passionate about your field, explain how you resolve conflicts. And you’ll need to respond as professionally as you’re able, as if it were the real deal. Then you’ll get the benefit of receiving their feedback on not only your answers, but also your attitude, posture, etc.
On-campus work programs
Looking for relevant work experience while you’re still in school? Author Chelsie McDonald explains in her article “5 resources you are not taking advantage of as college students” on the CengageBrain blog:
On-campus work programs are the perfect place to start. Not only will you be on campus and not have to travel far, you will also be working with people who understand that you are in school and that school is your number one priority.
Log on to your school’s website and check out available positions on their job board. If you can’t land a job through the school, check out a job fair. Look at your school’s calendar to find out when they will be having their next job fair and get your resume ready! On campus job fairs are nothing to be intimidated by: they know you are a student and that’s what they are looking for!