As many seniors in universities across the country will tell you, there’s no shortage of bright and accomplished graduates from top schools, all competing for a shrinking number of opportunities. In fact, the competition for an entry-level position has never been fiercer. Newsweek recently noted that 2.8 million graduates will enter the workforce in 2016. The scary part is that 40 percent of the total number of unemployed in the U.S. will be made up of 18-to-29-year olds, an unemployment rate of almost 14 percent among that age bracket (almost three times the national figure). RELATED: What’s Up With College Career Centers? Tell Us YOUR Experience The not-so-secret weapon for college students to launch a career is a no-cost resource that is included with that tuition check your parents write every year – the Career Planning Center. Before you slap your head and go “No duh!” the point to be made is that the Career Center is only as good a resource as you make it. Here are six steps to maximize your experience with your school’s Career Center, and optimize your chances of scoring a top-tier opportunity when you graduate.
Deciding a major can be a daunting task for university students — especially for those who have yet to identify their own personal skills and interests. Related: Resumes When You Don’t Have A College Degree In this article, I will share with your several factors that you should consider before deciding on your major.
You finally get the interview for your dream job. You’re looking good, feeling confident, and then you get hit with what could be a fatal blow. The interviewer says, “The other candidates for this position had a much higher GPA.” Related: #1 Reason You Get Interviews But Not Offers
As a college student, your number one priority is to learn. What you need to realize early on in your college career is that your learning is not, and should not only be, located in the classroom. LEARN FROM EVERY EXPERIENCE! Better yet, learn from the successes and failures of others. To do that, you have to be intentional with your experience… and actually have learning experiences. Related: 3 Career Development Tips That Will Get You Ahead Of The Competition As an undergraduate student, I went to class every day, but I did little to get involved other than classroom time. I didn’t network with professors, I didn’t have a student job, I wasn’t involved in student organizations, and I didn’t volunteer. While other students were out making the college experience happen, I sat back and watched it. A year after graduation, I found myself selling coupon books door-to-door in the Chicago suburbs in a shirt and tie. Not exactly the dream job I had as a little kid growing up in small town Iowa. The reason I tell my UI STEP (University of Iowa Student To Employed Professional) class this story right when they walk in the first day is because they need to know what can happen if they just sit back and don’t take action as a college student. Here are some professional development tips for college students: