Archive for September 10th, 2012

September 10, 2012

A practical college action plan to prepare for employment in the real world

by Grace

The Wall Street Journal offers a practical college action plan to help prepare students for employment in the real world after graduation.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Start during freshman year to think about what will enhance your chances for employment after graduation.  Developing relationships and polishing communication skills should start on day one.
  • Even if you are unable to secure an internship during your first two summers, look for jobs or volunteer activities that add practical experience and networking opportunities in your field of interest.  For example, if you’re considering a healthcare career you could apply for a clerical position in a hospital.
  • Learn practical math skills.  Even basic accounting knowledge can be applicable in many jobs.
  • Focus your time on a few extracurricular activities where you can stand out instead of on many where you’re just a face in the crowd.
  • Network, network, network.  Continually work on developing relationships with professors, alumni, and working professionals.


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