So here we are, new semester, new year, new you! Right? What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you’ve upped your gym game, maybe you’ve made a pact with yourself to be in bed before 11 on school nights, or maybe you’ve decided to give your mom a call more often. These are all great resolutions, but I have a suggestion for another: why not start prioritizing your career? For those of you who are freshmen or sophomores, don’t stop reading now! This post is not just for seniors. There are all kinds of ways you can start preparing yourself for your next steps after graduation, and the time to start is now. Here are just a few easy steps you can take to get started:
- Register on Career Connection! For those of you who don’t know, Career Connection is a job and internship database specifically for Georgia College students. What does this mean? These employers are posting jobs to our site and they want YOU! Once you register, you can upload your resume to the database for employers to view. You’ll also be able to apply to jobs and internships that are posted using your uploaded resume.
- Get involved! What kinds of student organizations can you join? Community service? Undergraduate research? Leadership opportunities? Figure out when that club you heard about meets, and go to a meeting! Looking good for employers doesn’t just mean doing well in the classroom – in fact, many employers value experiences that show skills like leadership just as much on a resume – if not more – than a good GPA.
- Visit the Career Center. We have a ton of resources that you can pick up to help you create or update a resume/cover letter, provide information about job and internship search strategies, or help you start research on graduate school programs. If you would like to have a one-on-one conversation about any of these things, you can schedule an appointment with a career advisor.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list – there are plenty of other ways to begin thinking about your career – but we know thinking about the capital-F Future can get a bit overwhelming. We hope that these three steps feel manageable enough, and will likely start to open doors for you that make the “Future” a bit easier to tackle.
We hope you’ve all had a fantastic start to this semester, and we hope to see you around on campus or in the Career Center!