The ultimate goal of learning in your programs is to apply that knowledge and obtain a position in your field of study. Below are 5 things that you can do now to assist you with getting that position when you graduate.
- Schedule an appointment with someone in Career Services and someone in the field. When you take your resume in and have it reviewed ask the person to give you specific feedback on if they would hire you for a position in the field. Compare it to job postings when possible and see where you are lacking in experience or knowledge. With this knowledge you can start searching positions that will enable you to build the skillset that would help you get the position that you are looking for.
- Network, network, network! We encourage you to network as soon as possible. Consider researching associations that you can join to meet people in the field. Look for conferences or meetings that you might be able to attend to meet people in the field.
- Tailor class assignments to your field of study. Whenever you have the opportunity to choose the topic for a project, tailor it to your field of study. This will enable you to learn more about the field and it will bring you a step closer to gaining experience. For example, if you are studying HR and have to do a business plan, then you would want to look at something relevant to HR such as talent acquisition and/or training and development opportunities.
- Volunteer for opportunities in the community. There are lots of opportunities that you can take advantage of that might not be in your field of study but could develop your skill set.
- Schedule an appointment with someone in your field and ask permission to do an “informational interview”. Prepare some questions that you would like to know about what it is like to work in the field, what that person likes best about it, what they wish they knew when they were just starting out in the field. Make sure to write a thank you note afterwards.