How am I supposed to have all this “experience” for careers after college, if I’ve only focused on school for 4 years?
We’ve all seen or heard it, “required bachelor’s degree and at least 1 year experience in blah blah field for entry level position”. It leaves you with the question, “how was I supposed to focus on outside career experience, while being in school?”
I have a secret for you guys: not only is it possible to gain experience while in school, most experience can be achieved in or through college classes.
Here’s a few tips:
- Talk to your professors and stop by career services. They have been where you are and have connects to doors you want to knock on when you graduate. Just walk in and ask them to help with your resume or help you with a job search related to your goal and degree.
- Stand out when in class. Don’t just go to class and become mute. Engage in discussion, write notes, make yourself known to the professor in a good light so when it comes time for recommendations or connections, they won’t hesitate to consider you because they know you are driven. THEY ARE YOUR RESOURCES
- Get involved in internships and volunteering related to your career path! Internships are a great way to get that experience while in school without it taking too much focus from your studies. They create opportunities to get your foot in the door and they serve as reference points in the future. Make that resume glisten!
- Lastly, the best advice I can give on this matter is, IGNORE THE REQUIREMENT. Employers want to see and feel you have the skills and professionalism they are looking for. If they require minimum 1 year of experience and you only have 6 months, put that resume in anyway and shoot your shot. Get your foot in the door, meaning the interview, and sell yourself face-to-face. Make them want to give you a chance.
by Monecia Harris, Junior, student
“Put your future in good hands — your own”. -Author Unknown