By Danielle Workman |Staff Writer|
Upcoming graduates might find themselves feeling lost when they think about post-grad life.
Between papers, finals and projects, seniors have little time to prepare for the next step into the “real” world.
The real world can take you by surprise and control can easily slip from your fingertips, so here are a few tips that can help you take control of your post-grad life.
First thing every student should do is update and refine your resumé at the Career Development Center, located in University Hall, 329.
The Career Center has a variety of options that can help get the leg up on job hunting by attending a resumé workshop or a resumé critique by appointment and walk-in.
A resumé critique is a one-on-one session, where you can receive help formulate and revise your resumé for the professional world to see.
“The Career Center is a great place to gain the skills and knowledge you need to advance in the work place,” said staff member Amber Williams.
Researching the company or business is another important task to do.
Do not apply to a job without knowing who they are, what they represent and how they run their business or company.
It is crucial to know who you will potentially be working for; one of the worst things that can happen is being stuck in a job that goes against everything you believe in.
Along with research, make sure to network.
Reach out to all the professional contacts you have made throughout the years, and inform them you are graduating.
Create a LinkedIn account and establish those connections on social media.
“LinkedIn is more professional. It lets you network as a business individual,” said student Christopher Dustin.
With LinkedIn, you are able to post your resumé, extracurricular activities and what you are looking for in a career.
“I think for students to have a LinkedIn account is very beneficial. It allows you to expand your pool of network. It’s basically an online job board,” explained student Jose Quintero.
Connect with your dream businesses, and see where it might lead you.
Finally, after revising your resumé and researching your dream job, figure out where you want to live.
Narrow your options to your top three cities and apply to jobs in those locations.
Once you have applied, and hopefully have secured a job, the next step is to find a place to live.
Talk with your friends and see where they want to live.
Whether you have lived at home during college and are desiring to “leave the nest,” or if you went to college far away and desire to go back home, now is the time to achieve your dreams.
Relocating can be scary, but it also sets the competition aside because it shows you are willing to travel and start fresh.
Like Lowell Lundstrom once said, “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
Hopefully, by using these tips you now feel organized and ready to enter into the working world!