If you are beginning or even approaching the end of your academic career, you probably haven’t given much thought to life after college. But that’s okay; as there is still time, and you are already luckier than you think! Firstly, you have a head-start on a lot of people, as having a degree will make you far more employable. Although jobs are a lot more competitive than they used to be, having the right qualifications can make all the difference. Knowing that, here are a few more tips to what you should be focused on.
Experience is Key
Although you may think your papers or exams is the only thing to worry about right now, focus on other things too. Top on this list should be gaining valuable experience that you can later put on your resume.
For a lot of people, college is a time where you have the luxury of free time. Spending time with friends may be all you think about now, but put at least a few days of getting some all-important work experience.
Put the Time in Now
A lot of companies will offer you an internship for one or more days a week, and although they may not be paid, it will avoid having to do similar work once you’ve finished and are desperate for a salary to come in. If you don’t forward plan, you may be stuck in a wage cycle that is difficult to break, and in a job you don’t like.
The next bit of advice is to join college groups or societies, and no, not just sports or drinking ones. I’m talking about associations that can help provide you with valuable connections, provide you with information on your career path, and help get you thinking about how you can achieve what you want.
See What you Like
Lastly, I would say it’s all about finding out what you like to do before being forced to choose only because you need to pay the bills. Maybe what you’re studying isn’t the career for you after all. That’s okay! My advice is to get some experience in it as soon as possible to see if it’s right for you. This can help focus your attention on what specific thing you may want to do, what you could perhaps combine it with to make it more to your taste, or how you can start a total career change worst comes to worst.
Just try and remember to enjoy yourself as everything will most likely be just fine, but at the same time, make sure to take advantage of some of the spare time on your hands and all the great opportunities waiting to be found. Also, don’t just do whatever your friends are doing as they most likely have a little idea as you. It’s up to you to find out and no one else. So all I say to conclude is this: good luck and take the time to find what’s best for you!