As a college student, you have no choice but to live in the “now.” Coffee is your lifeline, you work a part-time job and you take a full load of classes. You’ve learned to juggle studying, working and spending time with friends. As graduation creeps up on you, it’s time to start looking ahead and planning ahead. One of the most stressful parts of graduation is finding a job and figuring out your plan after college. Many students wait until after graduation to think about these things, but it doesn’t have to be that way for you. You can be prepared and in charge of your future with this short term plan.
· Follow your passion but be realistic. Figure out what makes you tick. What would make you excited to wake up early in the morning and go to work every day? Answer these questions and then weigh in factors like relationships, marriage or family responsibilities. Think about the career that might be best suited for your goals in life.
Dig, dig, dig. You’ve figured out what type of work would make you happy, so now, it’s time to do some research. Find out what industries are growing, what fields are hiring the most and what type of experience you will need if you choose one of those jobs. You want a job that makes you happy, but you also want to be financially stable.
· Network. Networking is definitely the most important part of planning your life after graduation, as it’s one of the greatest tools you can use. Talk to professionals in the fields you’re interested in, let them know you’re looking for a job and be memorable. Searching the web can be very useful, but personally getting involved is so much more rewarding.
· Create your resume. It’s impossible to get a job without one, so of course you’ll need a great resume. Start out by putting on paper your past work history, skills and educational background; don’t worry about constructing it with the perfect font and printing it on the perfect paper. You can adjust the design components once you’ve completed the main guts of your resume. Remember to spell check and have someone else read it over when it’s finished to make sure there are no grammatical errors.
· Go for it. Make your dreams a reality; after all, you’re the only one who can. Now that you’ve done your research, networked with professionals, created the perfect resume and come up with a flexible plan of where you see yourself in the future, you’re more prepared for the big day. Believe in yourself! You’ve made it to this point because you’ve done what you needed to. Now, just continue doing that and you’re sure to be successful.
By: Eryn Tolley