When you start college your freshman year, you’re just a kid. A kid that doesn’t have a clue. You are overcome by the independence you are suddenly introduced to, and your young eyes are bright and ready for the future… And then, you’re a senior. Senioritis isn’t giving you a break and you get the same question every time you go visit family or friends, “So, what are you going to do after graduation?” Getting the following things done can help you answer that question with confidence.
One thing I was always told to do my first semester of college was visit the career services building of my university. The speaker my professor brought in warned us about all of the college kids that waited until their senior year to go and how much they regretted it. Unfortunately, my naive freshman mind could only handle so much information at once, and that went in one ear and right out the other.
Now, here I am as a senior, scrambling references and writing clips together to get a decent resume for future employers. I beg of anyone who is graduating soon, or even graduating years from now, to go to that career services building. It may seem daunting and maybe even unnecessary, but it will help you in the long run. The people in those buildings are there to help you find jobs, get internships and build the perfect resume. Plus, it’s included in your tuition.
If you are someone who isn’t quite sure where you will be moving after graduation, one of the first things you want to do is search the job market, neighborhoods and apartments. After graduation the only thing you want to have to worry about is applying for jobs and getting that response. If you get offered a position you want to already have a good mind of nice places to live and things to do.
One thing you don’t want to forget to do before leaving college is networking. You want to make sure you have the right people in your contact list if you ever need to reach out. Networking can help you find jobs, get you excellent references and can also serve as a refresher when you’re finally out in the field. Having someone you can call when you’re confused about something, can’t recall a step to a problem or just generally want advice can be extremely helpful.
Graduating college is a big thing. You worked so hard to finally receive that degree and the only thing you want to be doing after graduation is celebrate, not stress about the things you forgot to do.