College is about learning, meeting new people, growing as a person and, of course, it’s also about getting ready for the work world. Since finding a job after college is so important to students, most universities are prepared to help by offering a career services center. Take a look at some of the ways your career services center can help you make your move toward a successful future!
- Gain awareness of your interests and talents. Every person has his or her own unique set of skills and areas of interest. This is a great place to start when you’re thinking about what you want to do for a living. A career counselor can help you examine your talents and skills in more depth, so you become more aware of where you excel!
- Know what fields are out there. You probably know the basics about different career paths. But, most likely, there are so many industries and specialty markets that you haven’t even heard of, yet. Your career services center can give you information and help you search many different job types, so that you can start finding a few that fit your passions and strengths.
- Create a résumé. No matter what your major is, creating a résumé will most likely be a part of your job search. Making sure your résumé includes all the information you need (and leaves out the information you don’t) is something career services can help you sort out.
- Prepare for interviews. Get sample questions, tips on what to wear and hints on how to make a great first impression at your university’s career center. By practicing your interviewing techniques, you will be developing both your verbal and non-verbal communication skills. That way, when it comes to your actual interview day, you will feel more comfortable asking and answering questions.
- Visit career fairs. Your college’s career services center is the place to find dates and locations for career fairs. And career fairs are the place where future employers can find you! So don’t miss the chance to meet a potential boss, even if your résumé and interviewing skills still need some work. Showing up at a career fair with an enthusiastic, positive attitude may actually go a long way!
There is probably a career services center nearby just waiting to help you on your personal path to your dream job. The first step on your path is to take the TOEFL® test. Find tips and advice for test day at the TOEFL® test page on LinkedIn.