Are you graduating from college in 2020? At this point of the year, your thoughts will begin to turn to the future and your life post-college. Will you travel, continue your studies or go straight into the world of work? If it’s the latter you’re interested in, then preparing yourself now could help set you up with a job in time for graduation.
Get your career off to the right start with the following ways to prepare for your job search in your final year of college.
Go and get some work experience
Some work experience in your final year of college can be beneficial for many reasons. Firstly, it helps to show you what work is going to look like, while secondly, showing you what a certain role or industry is like. Finding work experience in college can involve internships and shadowing, providing some tasters that can benefit your resume. Having a job, even if you’re working in a bar or a coffee shop, can also boost your resume and make you more of a desirable candidate for your first job out of college.
Put a resume/portfolio together
The next thing you need to do is start putting a resume together. This can help you send out job applications and make sure your skills and academic achievements are recorded properly. Putting a resume together for the first time doesn’t have to be difficult, there is a lot of guidance out there to help you. You can even get someone to review your resume on your behalf to make sure that everything looks correct.
Get some interview coaching
Going for job interviews can be daunting, especially if the last time you were interviewed was back when you were making your college applications. A bit of interview coaching can help prepare you for the kinds of questions you could be asked on the day, and how best to answer them. Interview coaching can make an unfamiliar situation more comfortable, making it easier for you to succeed when it comes to a real interview.
Explore different career options
Do you know what you want to do post-college? Deciding on a career for the rest of your life is a big decision, and it’s one you’ll want to think about to make sure you’re making the right decision. Remember that you’re not tied to a single career path, there are different options you might not have considered before. In this article, you can learn more about jobs in the field of accounting, showing that a degree in accountancy doesn’t always end with you being an accountant. It’s good to take a look at multiple types of career to help you find the path most suitable for you.
While there are a lot of things to know before finishing college, it’s important to think about what happens next and where you’d like to see yourself. While there’s a lot of hard work ahead for you, remember to enjoy these last few months too!