Thinking about your career should be a constant process and you need to consider it from a very early age. Currently, you might be in school or college, but the industry you want to choose as your working sector should be decided as soon as possible. This will help you to learn the things that will serve your future career mostly. Well, you don’t need to know about your profession right now, but it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about it from the very beginning, right? A person who wants to be doctor or engineer starts studying on right after 12th grade, so why don’t other professionals do so!
After discussing with many education specialists we have come up with the following advice for the freshman/sophomore –
- As a fresher, you must attend all types of on-campus activities. From the first year more or less every university arranges several on-campus events. Such as, different clubs set booths to recruit new club members from freshmen and share knowledge about every club’s activity. As a freshman, you must participate in such events and get yourself involved in as many clubs as you can.
- You can consider your school’s career center as a useful one. Almost every single university and college have their own career centers that provide amazing career guidelines and assistance for students. It’s quite commonly seen that students who use the services of a university’s career club/center are three times as likely to get a job after they graduate from campus. Career centers can set you up for job interviews. Most importantly, they can also help you figure out what you want to do with your life and career. They do various assessments, students can help themselves identify their interests and skills and the types of jobs would match up with them.
- Keep in good terms with your professors. They are more involved in teaching, research, professional work outside the university and also many of them belong to industry-related committees. You must make time available to meet with professors individually. They can give you great advice and guidance, often even contacts to help you figure out what career you must go for.
- Many university and college reserve formal internships that count towards academic credit for students, but still you can look for a position in an industry that may be of interest to you. You think you might be interested in a career in research, look for a nearby local company have any opportunities to help out those who need to go for an internship. Even now a day many companies publish circular to hire interns for a time period, you may apply for them as well.
- You don’t have to start your career knowing exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life, even when you start graduation. Try to explore lots of options and keep your eyes on them. Learn about some courses that may seem completely out of left field for you but they might add more light to your CV. These extra qualifications will definitely help you later when you will step into the practical job field.
Even I had never worked in the same field that I have majored in. My passion and choice changed with time, ultimately I went for the dream job that I have always longed for.
Never think you can waste student life in vain or just by studying for a good grade. You have to be more dynamic and active. Remember a campus life is full of practical experience not only bookish knowledge is available there. In most cases, a good reference can lift you up to the pick of success, when a good grade alone can’t do so. Even if you are not sure about the major, whether it’s going to benefit you or not. A good reference will always help you.