Starting Your Career
Launching the Job Search
Before graduating, you can lay the groundwork for your job search using campus resources. Here are a few places to look.
- Career Services/Placement Office
Most colleges have an office dedicated to helping their students find jobs. Many times they can help you with resume writing and interview prep. But, don’t wait until your last semester of school … start early!
- Student clubs and organizations
Find one that fits with your interests and join up. Many offer great networking opportunities.
- Professional associations
Many colleges bring in guest speakers or professional groups specific to an area of study. Professional associations often offer student memberships as well. Watch for these opportunities and sign up.
Businesses and organizations frequently pursue college interns for part-time work. Some college majors even require an internship as part of their curriculum. Internships are a great way to learn more about an industry and career field, while building your network.
- Work study
It’s a form of financial aid, but it’s also a great way to learn more about different careers and gain work experience. Find out if you qualify and sign up early.
There are many great reasons to give back, including getting valuable experience in your field of study. And, you might make some great contacts who can provide references later.
- Talk to your professors
They often have great connections in their field and can provide suggestions for where to look for a job. And, you may want to ask for a reference letter from them too. You’ll need it later.