If you're anything like me, you're about to start your last semester of college -- and you're totally freaking out about it. I know my last semester will likely be the most exciting one yet. I'll be finishing up my year as the Online Media and Communications Coordinator for the St. Michael's College Founders Society -- a role that I've truly enjoyed taking on so far -- and I'll be writing a book for my senior research project as a Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts major. By the end of the semester, I'll have graduated from my dream college a smarter, wiser, stronger person and I couldn't be more thankful.
And as excited as I am to be embarking out into the "real world" soon thereafter, a lot of stress and pressure tend to accompany the idea of taking the "next step". As I start preparing for this myself, here are a few of the tips and tricks I've found helpful and hope you will as well...
1.) Update and/or beef up your resume and LinkedIn profile.
As crazy as it sounds, you'll be applying for real world jobs soon. Make sure you're putting your best foot forward and effectively representing your accomplishments and professional identity.
2.) Keep an open mind.
If you're one of those college students who doesn't have an exact idea of what they might want to pursue post-grad, you are certainly not alone. I'm right there with ya. As you're searching around for job opportunities, keep an open mind about where you're looking and for what. Chances are you won't find your perfect, lifelong career straight out of the gate. It may turn out that the career you'd always thought you wanted isn't all it was cracked up to be, and another one is everything you'd ever hoped for. Leave your options open.
3.) Make an appointment with your college's Career Services center.
Get professional advice on every step of the process- resumes, job applications, interviews, what to look for, what to avoid, etc. This person won't have any personal relation to you, so he or she won't have any preconceived bias or preference on where you end up and what you end up doing.
4.) Confide in your friends.
Talking with friends of your's who are also graduating can be helpful as well. They're going through the same stresses, experiencing the same anxiety and confusion, and have the same questions that you do. Take comfort in knowing this is a step we all take. Four years in college doesn't guarantee it will be easy, but it will guarantee that you are prepared to go through everything it takes to find your first post-grad job.
Best of luck!
What are your post-grad hopes and dreams? How will you get yourself there?