You Gon’ Get This Work: How to Snag a Career In College And Beyond
Whether walking fresh off of the grad runway or juggling hustles, there’s a workout plan fit for your employment status. Vixen addresses your career woes to help you stay on your job.
-- Adelle Platon
1. Going Major: Choosing Your Field of Interest In College
Even if your transcript reads "undecided," flaunt your freedom. Unlike a committed relationship, cheat on your interests by giving all of them attention, whether it’s entertaining your inner Love & Hip Hop stan by bringing the drama on-stage or scribing for your school’s newspaper. Most second-year students swap their concentration several times so treat the sophomore slump as a high note.
2. No Shots: Lacking Bullet Points On Your Résumé
Make like a Justin Bieber-sponsored blemish remover and be proactive. Most colleges house a career center that hosts panels and diverse seminars throughout the year for students to meet with individuals in a certain field. Even if your résumé mirrors a blank slate, use the tools you already possess like personality and educational background to win over a potential employer. Prep your elevator pitch by researching that person’s occupation and compliment them on an accomplishment you found inspiring. Being hands-on will reap benefits long after the firm handshake is done.
Getting schooled may not be an option for those who don’t see dollar signs for tuition or are bogged down by outside circumstances. Take on a 9-to-5 that hones transferable qualities, i.e. communication, public speaking and project management. Use any spare time to research your ideal position and scour the web for organizations and networking events. Leaving a favorable digital footprint via Linked In, Twitter or a blog will be a great step forward.
A stable check should pay your passions forward. If you’re holding on to a temporary gig to only keep the lights on, it may be time to cash out for a better opportunity. Before you slap that two-week notice on your boss’ desk, set up a cushion that covers your necessary funds for at least three months. Refresh your résumé and apply to all positions that pique even the slightest interest. Even if you don’t get the immediate call-back, trust that your struggle now will mean success later.