If you are like me, you’re on your last semester of college and starting to think about all of the things you are about to be forced to start doing like looking for a job, continuing your education in some way or simply looking for a new place to live. Even if you still have some years left in college it is never too early to start thinking about what you are planning on doing once you are done with your Undergraduate studies.
I always knew that I wanted to continue my education one I was done with my undergraduate degree, but for many that is not the case and they need some guidance. Many schools offer career services which serves to help you find internships while you are still in school, however, many also offer help getting a job after you graduate. My university’s career center is open to all students but also to all alumni so we have access to the same opportunities even after we graduate and leave. Universities like mine also do giant career fairs twice a year, once each semester to help us network, broaden our horizons on what kinds of jobs are available and help us narrow down the kind of job we may want. It would also be helpful to attend a class that helps to tailor your resume and cover letter so you are putting your best foot forward with new job opportunities.
Those resume classes would also be helpful if you are trying to continue your education, whether that be getting a master’s degree, a PhD. Or going to medical school, they are all going to ask for an undated resume to see what qualifies you for their program and you don’t want to be submitting a resume that has typos or grammatical mistakes. Depending on the type of program you are trying to get into and for what, you may have to submit a writing sample or published works. Make sure that these items are checked and double checked before sending them in. Again, you do not want to make a bad first impression.
Graduate school looks for past experience in the field that you are trying to get into so it is important to try to either have an internship, volunteer work, or a job in that field. This goes back to utilizing your school’s career services to try to set you up. You are trying to sell yourself to another school and using your past school to do so is the easiest way to go about it. lastly, make sure you are abiding by the school’s deadlines and guidelines for the applications. Every school is different and wants different things, essays that are different lengths, different topics, supplemental writing, numerous letters of recommendation, etc..
This can be an extremely stressful time in your life if you are not prepared for it, so get prepared. Look into the schools you like, clean your resume up, talk to your professors about potentially writing you recommendations, follow up on the resumes you have sent to potential jobs. It is only as stressful as you make it.