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:

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