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Using On-Campus Services
Before you graduate, lay the groundwork for your job hunt by using campus job resources
Most people earn a higher education to help them establish a satisfying and sustaining career. Your college wants this for you, too; high job placement rates make for happy alumni and a good school reputation. That's why most institutions have an array of services to help you make good on your college investment and find a job after graduation. Here are a few such services you should take advantage of while on campus.
- Work-study. Work-study is a form of financial aid in which a student works on campus, or at a nonprofit organization off campus. Eligible students are often placed in jobs that match their majors and career aspirations. For example, a biology student may take a job in the science lab. Find out whether your school offers work-study, and, if so, whether you can apply and even request work in specific campus department or area.
- Career services. Your school probably has a career placement office that helps students make the transition from college to career. A career services office can be a great resource for students, providing job lists, employer contacts, and interview and resume assistance. Here are two important tips:
- Your school may have career offices by college (e.g., liberal arts, business, engineering), which helps you zero in on jobs in your field.
- Don't wait until your last semester to knock on your school's career services door! Get help with job placement early in your college career.
- Clubs. Colleges offer lots of opportunities to network by interest or job field, including student clubs. Look for these clubs and join up. You could make contacts that lead to opportunities down the line.
- Volunteering. Volunteering can be great for personal and practical reasons. You gain satisfaction in giving back to your community. You could also get job experience if your volunteer work is in your field. You could get job leads as well, which could come in handy when you're ready to leave school. For example, if you're an aspiring veterinarian, consider spending weekends at an animal adoption center.
- Internships. Leaving school with a degree or certificate is great, but leaving with job experience as well is even better. Internships (paid and unpaid) while in school are a great way to get direct on-the-job skills and familiarity within your career path. Remember the career services office mentioned above? Inquire with that office about available internships in your major and you may be able to get your foot in the door with a major employer in your field before you even finish your education.
- Professional association meetings. If you're enrolled in a major that has a trade organization associated with it, look for professional meetings around or near campus that you can attend. On another note, certain fraternities and sororities may be tailored to certain majors and career paths. Inquire with the Greek office on or around your campus to learn more.