Career Planning for College Students

Unless you are nearing graduation, you probably haven’t put too much thought into career planning. Although many students know what kind of field they’d like to go into, most have not planned any further. This common approach works, but if you plan ahead, you can give yourself an advantage for the future. Let’s find out how you can give your career a jump start while you’re still in school.

Talk to your college’s career counselor. Just about every college has an office for career and placement services. These counselors represent an excellent resource for career planning at any point in your college experience. They can help you choose majors, secure a great internship, and let you know which major employers you should target your education and job search to. Additionally, your school’s career counselors can help you take a look at graduate school and prepare you for your job search.

Research your potential careers. Take the time to consider all of the careers that are related to your degree. By figuring our what you’d like to do in the future, you can take steps now to plan your degree program, activities, and internships so that you’ll be well prepared when it’s time to get a job. Assess your skills and interests to find out which careers would be a good fit for you. Your career services office will most likely have online assessment tools to match you with a career, and there are online tools as well.

Get involved in career activities. You’ll be much more attractive to employers if you have experience and show an interest in your chosen field. Become a part of student groups related to your career, join professional associations, and participate in other groups that are career related. Take the time to pursue interships that interest you, volunteer, or seek out a mentor for one on one career development. You can even look for summer work that’s related to what you’d like to do. All of these activities will build your experience and help you become better prepared for your future career.

Although you may not be rapidly approaching graduation, any time is a great time to start focusing on your future career. By making an effort to plan for your career now, you will be better prepared for success when you’re ready to start working. Take advantage of these tips to make the most of your career planning in college.

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