College teaches you how to think. However, unless you are engaged with your campus Career Center, college teaches you virtually nothing on the subject of career development. Think about how many courses you took in your major, and then think about how many semester-long courses you took on career development? A rare few colleges offer, at most, one or two courses on the topic. You spend time more time at work than in any other aspect of your life, but college teaches you barely anything on how to start, build and manage your career. Without the Career Center, you will be left on your own to figure out what you are suppose to do with your life. The transition is difficult because there is no syllabus for success. Here are my 50 tips to prepare you for the realities of working.
- Go to the Career Center on campus at least once a semester and then every month when you are a senior.
- Believe in yourself, believe in something and have someone believe in you.
- Success comes from inside of you.
- In addition to your college degree, employers will want to see multiple internship experiences. Your competition has them.
- Start building your resume early in your college career. Don’t wait until you get back from spring break of your Senior year.
- Be nice to your faculty. You’ll need them someday to serve as a reference for graduate school or a job.
- Get clarity and focus on the three types of jobs you will pursue: 1) Ideal Jobs, 2) Back-Up/Realistic Jobs, and 3) Survival Jobs.
- Come up with your own personal and professional definition of success and don’t let anyone else define it for you.
- Your first job is a period of adjustment. It’s like being a freshman all over again. Be patient and learn the ropes.
- Think of your first job as a stepping-stone that can help you get closer to your Ideal Job.
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