Make the College Experience Correspond to Your Career Goals

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Posted on January 4th, 2011

Many college graduates complain that their respective universities did not adequately prepare them for future employment. This is an obstacle that can easily be overcome! However, you have to make a strong personal effort to work toward your future career while pursuing your degree. If you make strides toward your career goals during college, you will find transition to the workforce much easier. Here are some tips you can utilize to increase chances for employment after college.

Develop Your Interests

You do need to have a vague idea of what you'd like to do in the future. Perhaps, you've dreamed of being a university professor since you were in the third grade. In that case, you are one of the lucky few with concrete career goals. Many people have no earthly idea what they'd like to do after college. Isn't higher education supposed to buy us extra time to figure out our futures? The answer is—Yes and absolutely not. If you need some time to figure out your interests, do it freshman year. Take a range of courses in subjects that spark your interest. However, after that transition period, you need to see which subject or department is most appealing to you. In addition to interest and appeal, also consider the subjects you excel in. You may love art history, but a C+ average in your major won't convince museum curators to hire you.

Research Job Prospects Related to Your Department

If you already know the departments you are interested in, skip ahead to this step! Now, it's time to see the jobs available in your field(s) of interest. What consulting firms hire political science majors? What companies hire mechanical or chemical engineers in your city? Does your local school district recruit for teachers straight out of college? Doing some research regarding potential employment, preferably before your first college summer, can be very useful. Usually, most companies or employers have information about recruiting on their websites.

Network Early

Let's say you find your dream job during your research endeavors. Unfortunately, you may still have three more years of university education to finish! Email the company's human resources department early. Find out what you can do to prepare yourself for the job. Are there certain courses they prefer employees to complete? Where and when do they recruit employees? These are all good questions to ask. Also, taking initiative to contact potential employers early will show you are highly motivated and interested in the job! You may even want to do an internship with them while pursuing your college degree!

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