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Career Planning for College Students [Video]


Do you desire to land a great job after college? Majority of students attend college to obtain a degree and get the required skills employers desire. It does not suffice to get good grades. You can follow the following steps to plan out your career while still in college.

Evaluate yourself

Employers aim to discover why you are perfect for their company. You should invest in learning how your personality type, hobbies, skills, affect your career choices. You can ask for assessment in your college's guidance services or free online assessment tools. The more you know about yourself will assist you in interview preparation and writing resumes easier, according to Minnesota State Careerwise Education.

Attend mentoring programs

One best method is to visit the college career center. Majority of career centers have varied career exploration resources. These include career assessment to work-shadowing alumni in fields of interest, according to the website of Penn State University.

Career-mentoring programs can be found in many colleges. Various stakeholders volunteer as advisors or career mentors in these programs. These include parents and alumni. This opportunity provides parents and students to get involved together.

If you university or college does not have an existing career mentoring program, you can start with some alumni of the institution.

Find careers associated to your degree.

Searching for your job should begin even before graduation. If you have not performed yet, you should seek find careers that are associated to your major or program. You can interview with people who are in your field or those who are hiring people in your desired career path. You can verify if your degree and co-curricular activities are included in the job specifications of your employers.

Career planning does not mean doing it after graduation. Proper career planning while still in college can make one's career path the best or the worst depending on your choice.

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