I put up a post once a year on this topic and this year will be no different...
While not a "to do" this is simply a game plan to help close the gap from student to s&t....
- Take care of your grades.. while a good gpa may not get a job, a bad gpa will not even get you an interview in most cases. While not the norm, you do find sub 3.0 people every once in a while who do in fact get a posh job. I am one of those and it took me twice as much work to make it happen. Do yourself a favor and take care of your grades.
- Make your schools career office work. Hit them up, email them, ask questions. Your paying for it so make them earn their keep. No question should ever be off limits. Get to know them and what they can and cant do for you
- Network. With classmates, professors, people that have left school recently and 2,5,10 years ago. The connection you make via a college can help get you over the hump on your search. The best networking I done have been via email. "Hi, Could I steal you for 10 minutes to learn how great you are? " I would say its almost 100% going to work. Think about it like this... if someone emailed you and wanted to take you out to hear how bad ass you are. Would you say no? Highly doubt it
- Internships... just get em as early as you can. Does not matter as much in freshman and soph summers but please do something. Also winter breaks are a good time to try something for a few weeks. You have to work to line these up but dont be focused on $$.. focus on exp. I did not make a dime until my junior year internship but did something every summer. Work to build a resume that shows you have done something.
- write down your goals and check them off. could be as simple as making it to class on time or finding some leadership in a club. write down goals and track how you do to meeting those goals. dont worry if some take longer then others. I am working on one goal that is rather dumb but quite important to myself. make your goals a point in your life to check off. and if megan fox is on your list..... your not alone. happy hunting
- Relax and live a little.... the most fun i had in college was when I went on a few random road trips with my friends. Dont forget these are the years where you still have a great deal of freedom and free time. Use it to the hilt. Some of the best times in college were the random chats about random shit at 3 am at taco bell, jack in the box, etc etc.