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You are about to invest a lot of money for a college education with the expectation that a degree will land you employment after graduation. How will you best assure a return on this investment (ROI)? News flash! In today’s global workplace a degree alone is no longer a direct ticket to a professional job. Students must engage strategically outside the classroom as early as freshman year to become successful in landing employment after graduation. This means leveraging a whole new set of strategies not taught in the traditional college classroom. Related: 3 Ways To Emphasize Your ROI On Your Resume By the year 2020 over 40% of jobs will be contract work (The Intuit 2020 report). As more companies downsize full time employees and replace them with contract employees, the job search process will change considerably. Fewer companies will utilize placement offices at colleges and universities in order to find candidates. Instead, job seekers will rely more and more on social media, professional connections and professional referrals to locate work. Therefore, college students must start building and nurturing strong professional relationships the minute they step foot on campus. And, here are four strategies to get started.

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You’re a few years away from graduation, but you know you need to have internships under your belt before then. The only problem is, you don’t know what you want to do after graduation. How do you choose the right internship? RELATED: How To Make Internships Translate To Employers Displaying relevant work experience should be your primary goal. Those with internships on their resume tend to land jobs faster after graduation and tend to receive higher salaries upon graduation. This is because an internship can be a gateway to gaining skills, marketing those skills, and leveraging those skills to obtain better income potential with full-time commitment. Choosing the right internship for you comes down to a few eye-opening ideas:

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You already have a lot to do as a student. Exams, studying, socializing…with your busy schedule, it’s hard to imagine adding anything else but school. What you may not realize is that starting your own business in college is not just easier than you think, but it will give you a leg up on your career after you graduate. College provides a level of social connection, collaboration, and financial stability that you can use to your advantage. Related: 5 Things You Need Before You Start Your Own Business Although it might seem far-fetched, there are several excellent reasons why college is the best time to start your own business:

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