Spring is in full bloom, and that means another graduating class of college students is preparing for final exams and life after university. Many students burn the candle at both ends right up until graduation day and end up burnt out when they’re applying for jobs and giving interviews. One of the best things students can do is think ahead and organize their thoughts, so they are ready to go out there and conquer the world after they finish those last few exams and quizzes.
1. Line Up Interviews
Local firms and employment agencies are looking for new graduates in May and June but have moved on to other things by the end of the summer. This leaves a lot of recent grads out in the cold who end up taking part-time jobs or jobs out of their field while they continue their career search. This becomes an issue for so many students because they’re totally focused on academics the last few months of their senior year and forget how important it is to line up interviews. A company is just as likely to hire in April or May as they are after graduation because they assume a student is going to finish their degree.
2. Investigate Internships
Some students may want to try an internship before making a career commitment, or they may be looking for more experience so they can apply for a full-time position or a graduate program. Most of these internships fill up long before graduation day so it’s important for college seniors to investigate where they could get an internship and make sure they’re networking in the right circles so they can make connections and get recommendations. Interviewing for an internship is just like interviewing for a full-time job, so students should take it seriously.
3. Trade Contact Information
The last month of college is also the last chance for students to network with peers and professors. Seniors should trade information with any other student who has their priorities in the right place. Social networking sites are a great way to keep in touch with people who move out of state, go into a different field, or get a job just down the road. Networking with other recent alumni is one of the best ways to get a foot in the door at a desirable company with a good starting salary.
4. Keep Stress As Low As Possible
Another thing college seniors should look out for in those last couple months is their stress level. It’s easy for stress levels to get out of control, causing seniors to be overwhelmed and drained for finals week and look tired and distracted at job interviews. Managing stress is certainly easier said than done but students are really encouraged to work on lowering stress using techniques that have worked in years past. Once college is over students will need to focus full steam ahead on their new career, so it’s important to have a balance at this point.
5. Look at the Big Picture
During this point, it’s also easy for students to be focused on the present and get overwhelmed with this incredibly important life transition. Questions will start to rattle around a student’s head and can make them second-guess themselves. Will I find a great job right away? What will my living situation be once I move out of student housing? Will I be able to pay my student loans when they come due? Instead, seniors are encouraged to look at the big picture and know that, although this transition is very high anxiety, exciting opportunities lie ahead for graduates with a good work ethic and a little bit of perseverance.
Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerd. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.