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Tips to Prepare for Life After College

Tips to Prepare for Life After College
Tips to Prepare for Life After College

As you’ll be in your senior college year, you’ll want to start thinking about your near future. Your transition from a student to a fully-fledged profession may be smooth, or it may be rocky. Everything solely depends on you and your preparational efforts.

If you do not want for yourself the following:

  • Receiving constant rejects from most companies
  • Taking on jobs lacking in career prospects
  • Being late on your college loan repayment
  • Struggling with money, not being able to pay rent.

Then, you should start preparing for a job early on. It’ll help you immensely on your professional path, setting you up for success.

Pick What’s Right for You — Start Working or Continue Studying?

First things first, you need to understand at least somewhat what you’ll be doing with your life shortly. If you are going for postgraduate education, then you don’t need to prepare yourself as actively. The ones that are planning to get a master’s degree will want to dedicate most of their time to studying.

However, those that’ll be satisfied with only the bachelor’s degree have to start shifting their perspectives. Away from academics and toward the professional market. Such students should utilize all of our tips.

Consider the Subfields and Jobs Available in your Major

After choosing the professional field, you’ll want to think about the jobs available to people with your major. Just research the internet and look for options! Remember that there are many suitable jobs for you out on the market that directly correlates with your major.

A lot of employers disregard the major when hiring junior specialists. They’re looking for motivated and driven individuals with relevant skills. You can add to the pool some professions outside of what you major “gives” you.

Research the Professions and See What You Like

The next logical step would be researching the professions that you gathered further. Create a list of what you’d want to have in a job and cross-reference the jobs with it. After you crossed most out, you can talk with people who are working at the positions currently.

How do you find relevant professionals? You can do this via LinkedIn by simply searching up the position you’re interested in and reaching out. If you still can’t decide on a profession, we recommend you to try out quick internships. It’ll allow you to quickly dive into the work and feel it out for yourself.

Tailor Your Resume Correctly

Essay proofreading agencies often offer resume, CV, and cover letter help. Before you go out on the job hunt, you’ll want to get your application materials sorted. It means formatting it properly, including only relevant things, giving it a great design, etc. Also, don’t forget about the supplementary materials: the cover letter and the necessary certificates should be ready and easily accessible.

Sort Out Your Social Network Accounts

Get to know LinkedIn; it’s an amazing tool for creating a professional online presence. You can start growing your professional network by simply connecting with the people you know.

Use LinkedIn, especially active throughout your internships, adding as many people as you can to your network. This will attract the attention of recruiters after you finish your education and change the status on LinkedIn.

Although the days of employers studying your online profiles are ending, some employers still do it. So, we highly recommend polishing your other social media accounts. It means removing the following:

  • Excessive profanity
  • Compromising materials.

Start Building Your Professional Alumni Network

Who is your professional alumni network? It’s anybody who’s your acquaintance from the field and can potentially refer you. As soon as you enter college, you’re already building your professional network; you’re just not aware of it.

You want to make your professional self-known to as many people as it’s possible. The next places for growing your network would be internships, LinkedIn, and future places of employment. The most important aspect of this is never to stop advertising yourself and meeting new people. This way, you’ll always have tons of job offerings without putting much effort into job hunting.

Visit the Career Center

If you’re at an absolute loss to what you want to do with your life, then don’t fret. All you need to do is visit the next career fair at the college. There will be numerous representatives from various companies and fields. The job opportunities will be abundant, but it’s not a guarantee that you’ll find something you’ll like.

Search With Intent

The closer to the end of your final year, the more effort you’ll have to put into job searching. Hopefully, by this time, you’ll already have at least one internship under your belt and know where you want to go professionally.

Looking for a job and not knowing exactly what you want will only lead to you being frustrated and disappointed. We highly recommend using our methodology for narrowing the niche subfield for yourself. It’ll ensure that your job-hunting process won’t be awful.

Have Realistic Expectations About Your First Job

After all, that’s been said, and you must remember that your first full-time job isn’t going to be so important. It won’t be the defining one for all of your career. It’s not like 50 years ago when clear career development paths existed — it’s not the case anymore.

So, don’t put too much pressure on yourself; you’ll have all the time in the world to discover your professional self. So, follow our tips to ensure that you’ll get a job reliably.

About the author

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Tom Bernes

Tom Bernes is the Editorial Director at The Next Hint Inc.

Prior to joining The Next Hint Inc, Tom had a hand in a number of online and print publications, including InternetNews.com as chief copy editor and Government Technology Magazine as managing editor. He also did a stint in Sydney as group editor of RBI Australia's manufacturing group, which is when he also developed an affinity (a love, really) for cricket.

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