Making College Pay
How can your son or daughter get the best return on your investment in their college education-a good job and launch into their first career?
Good grades and the right major are important blocks in the foundation of finding a job after graduation. There are, however, other steps students can take to increase their value to potential employers.
- Do an internship. Maybe the most important thing a student can do is find an internship-get real work experience in the field. Many employers look within their own internship programs when they need to fill entry-level positions.
That means, if a student does a good job while in an internship, he or she may get a job offer from that organization. And, while an internship could be the foot-in-the-door that a new grad needs, it also gives a student a realistic look at the prospective job, company, and career.
- Visit Internship and Career Services (ICS). Research shows that tapping into the resources offered by career services can increase the likelihood of getting a job offer.
While career advisors won't "place" a student in a job, they teach students skills that will help them find their way onto and up the career ladder. They teach students how to put together winning resumes and cover letters, how to interview successfully, and how to dress professionally. They critique resumes, practice interview techniques, and post job listings. All services at ICS are free to current students and alumni.
Plus, career advisors know the employers that hire on their college campuses-they work with them on a regular basis-and can put a student in touch with the organizations looking for new hires.
- Start the job-search process early.
Find the right major and start to plot a career path during the first year.
Start exploring internship opportunities. What's better than an internship the summer after junior year? Multiple internships. First-year and sophomore students may find internships too.
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.