How to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Great Job After Graduation
Why are you going to college?
If you answered this saying the main focal point of going to college is get an education so you can get into graduate school or start your profession, you are right.
Many times, high school seniors and their parents are “brainwashed” into believing that the college the high school student needs to attend is due to the awesome beauty of the school, or the great tradition of its sports teams, or the lavish dorm rooms you live in your freshman year.
No matter what college you end up attending, it needs to be an institution that is going to give you the proper support in finding a job after you graduate.
So, once you start your college journey, you need to locate the university’s Career Services and start your research to make sure your college degree will get you employed.
According to a recent article, here are five questions you should ask Career Services:
1. During what year should I start career advising and is there a “structured” program?
Most career advising will not start until you are a junior or senior, but you can start your freshman year. Talk to Career Services and find out if it offers alumni and professor networking, research opportunities, or internships.
2. What is your ratio of career advisers to students, and what are the advisers backgrounds?
Check to see if these advisers have real world experience, and look for former managers, human resource professionals, and/or career testing experts. These people can provide valuable guidance in a competitive job market.
3. What percentage of students have paid internships, and how does the university help place you for these internships?
Check to see if the university has a list of companies with names and email addresses for your field of interest where they have had internships before. The experience you receive from an internship can be beneficial, and if you can get paid for it, it can cut your overall college costs.
4. Do organizations interview on campus or post job openings?
Find out what types of companies have a working relationship with the university you are interested in and research if those companies are something that fits your career plans.
5. Do you have a formal Alumni Career Network, and how does it work?
Some universities offer alumni mentor programs, job postings, webinars on career topics, links to articles, and career advisers so researching to see if the university offers an Alumni Network can be extremely important.
Let us know if you have any additional questions!