The college experience is a great one! Stay up late, eat whenever/whatever you want, and just all around be responsible for every point of your life. In this short period of your life, the key is to prepare yourself for life after college. This sometimes takes a backseat to all the fun you’re probably having. When you pull up to your dorm for the very first time and you’re waving goodbye to your parents, you may feel like graduation is soooooo far away! However, it’s not as far off as you think.
I’m going to major in basketweaving!!!!
One of your biggest decisions is selecting a major. To do this you’ll want to combine your passions, interests, and the “common sense” factor. The common sense factor is will I actually be able to find a job in this field? Are there a lot of jobs that are available or will I struggle to find one anywhere? Will I need to relocate? Do I want to relocate? Many times, some of us select a major based only on it being a strong interest and we don’t take into account some of the other considerations.
Divide your time
Once you select your major AND have an understanding of the types of jobs you’re looking for, immerse yourself with knowledge about the positions and industry you’re interested in. Network with your professors (recruiters reach out to professors for job candidate recommendations), find an opportunity to job shadow and get an internship (this is very important). Candidates that have previous internships are highly sought after. Also try to join a student group. Your time is precious in college…you need to have study time, class time, and fun time. There are enough student groups and organizations in most colleges for almost every interest. The groups that you get most involved in should align with your future job and major. I understand you love to dance, but are you going to be a professional dancer when you leave school? No? Well I’d suggest not putting all your time into this particular group.
Get a title
After you join a student group and you understand what the group is all about, try to get a leadership position. This looks great on the resume and in some cases can help you prepare for a future career. You can always use this experience in a job interview.
It’s not too early to start thinking about these things. People always say, “oh you’re a freshman, you have plenty of time!’ But you really don’t. Your senior year will be here before you know it and what if you don’t have enough project work, internships, or leadership positions to fill up your resume?
Keep in mind this is a process and you may decide on a major your freshman year and change your mind in the next year. That’s ok! Start from the beginning and select your major, decide how you want to divide your time, and get a title again! Don’t worry…you have plenty of time! LOL just kidding
Desiree is a University Recruiter at T-Mobile USA. She is currently responsible for developing and implementing effective recruiting and branding strategies related to short and long term needs. She does this by partnering with business line leaders to build relationships and establishing realistic expectations. A big part of being a recruiter at T-Mobile is striving to position T-Mobile as an “employer of choice” and facilitate a world class recruiting experience for candidates. Desiree is also responsible for training managers and recruiters on the University and Internship Program. Desiree spends her free time spending time with family and friends, traveling, and volunteering with various groups. She also loves to read and trying anything that is new and fun.