Being in college during COVID-19 is difficult; not to mention being a college senior. Senior year is a time to network and explore possible career paths for after graduation. This can be both exciting and intimidating.
If you’re a current senior, don’t get overwhelmed; you still have a full year to buff up your resume! If you’re feeling lost as a college senior, or even if you’re an underclassman and want to prepare for senior year, here are 7 helpful career tips for college seniors to make senior year less stressful.
1. Connect with your career services center
This is the best piece of advice for any college student! Make sure you’re on a first-name basis with your college’s career services center. Don’t worry if you’re a senior and you haven’t spent much time at your career center – there’s still time!
Career centers are awesome resources to help you connect with alumni, build your resume, and help you figure out the career path you’d like to take. Not sure what you’re interested in? There are a number of online surveys that can help steer you in the right career direction. Check out Career Zone or Type Focus!
2. Create a resume
This is a necessity! By senior year, you should already have a resume that you are building. If you don’t know where to start, visit your colleges’ career services center for advice. Resumes should include areas such as education, work experience, extracurricular activities, and other skills.
3. Make a LinkedIn profile
Joining LinkedIn opens up a world of opportunities. Creating a LinkedIn profile and updating it with current work experience will help you get noticed by other LinkedIn members as well as companies. Make sure you also include a professional photo on your LinkedIn page.
LinkedIn is a perfect place to network and connect to college alumni. Get in touch with your career services center for possible alumni that you can connect with!
4. Network with college alumni
Make lasting connections by networking! Speaking to college alumni that have jobs in the field you are interested in will help you get a better sense about whether you would enjoy a certain career or not. Networking with alumni can also lead to potential internships or job opportunities after graduation. The more people you connect with, the better!
5. Apply For internships
Internships are a fantastic way to gain experience in the field that you’re interested in. College career services are often able to help students find and apply to internships. Make sure your resume is polished before applying to an internship.
Apply to as many internships as you can – there’s no such thing as too much experience. Internships also have the potential to lead to future employment!
6. Join clubs and other extracurriculars on campus
Building your resume is about more than just work experience. Employers want to know about who you are as a person and what makes you special. Do you have a hobby or special interest? Join a club on campus! There are often numerous clubs available for students on college campuses.
Volunteering is also an awesome way to boost your resume. Find a cause that you’re passionate about and research volunteer opportunities near you. Many volunteer opportunities are now available online as well!
7. Do your research
It’s okay to not know what job you want after you graduate! Don’t stress; all college students are in the same boat.
Utilize as many resources as possible in order to obtain as much information as you can. Take career quizzes, research jobs, and talk to people related to the field you’re interested in. For example, want to work in marketing? Research online what kinds of jobs are available in marketing in order to see if one would be a good fit for you.