By: Kamryn Campbell
Planning for your future and for your career begins in college. Career services is here to help, and we are giving you the 10 career strategies to lead productive undergrad years.
- Keep Your Grades Up
Even if you were a 4.0 student in high school, college is different. If you just studied the night or even hours before an exam in high school, you will most likely have to put forth a little more effort since this is a higher education. When you apply for jobs and graduate school, they want to see the effort you have put forth in school, so show them a high GPA that will get you hired. They want a candidate who has a great work ethic, not an individual who “tried their best.” C’s may get degrees, but A’s will get you paid.
- Explore Who You Are
College is a time of finding yourself and choosing a career that you will enjoy throughout your life. This being said, career services is a great resource to help you discover all of the available career opportunities and help you find the job you believe that you are destined to have. We will help you assess you’re your skills, values, and interests to get you your dream job.
- Explore Career Options
Throughout college, connections are essential. Your best way to gain said connections is through our Job and Internship Fair. We host a fair every spring and fall. We also host a graduate school fair every semester, so keep your eyes open for these among other hiring opportunities! This is also a good time to begin job shadowing and researching jobs you may be interested in. Begin forming contact with schools or employers. Having them know your name will be better for when they are hiring. They are more likely to hire a familiar face than a new stranger.
- Get Involved on Campus
Wittenberg is known for having an involved campus. When it comes to sports and clubs, you are likely to run into people often as everyone is overinvolved. This being said, job seekers look for leadership skills and involvement when hiring. They want to see your ability to work as a team member and demonstrate problem solving skills. You could even start a student organization. Be proactive and get involved!
- Give Back to the Community
Lucky for you, Witt requires that you complete community service to graduate. In addition to this, campus is always hosting opportunities to be involved and give back. Whether these items are placed on your resume or not, they will be beneficial to you when you step into a work environment. They may even be a topic of discussion for your interview. These experiences will help you become in touch with the greater area, putting you a step ahead of your non-volunteering competition.
- Develop Computer Skills
In today’s society, computers and technology have become an everyday necessity. With your career, you will likely being making spreadsheets or typing up documents regularly. Learn the necessities for having a professional career and work on keeping grammatical and sentence structures in check. Learning how to make presentations and resumes will also be beneficial when searching for your perfect job.
- Build Communication Skills
Out of the ten most sought after skills that recruiters look for, verbal and communications skills are among them. Wittenberg offers services such as the Oral Communication Center and the Writing Center to help you reach your full potential.
- Complete an Internship
Internships are a great way to gain insight and experience on a job site. Come in and talk to us about our job and internship board. Feel free to make connections through our annual fairs, but we also offer the job and internship board to post internships and jobs that you may not be aware of. Our Facebook page also posts opportunities, so follow us on social media to learn about all of the experiences available for you!
- Prepare for a Diverse World
The workforce is drastically different from the life of a college student. Work for ways to emerge yourself into a new environment such as a job or a study abroad program. It may be different from your desired career path, but becoming acquainted early will lead to better success for yourself.
- Use Career Services All Four Years
Career Services is not just for seniors. We are here to help with every process of your career development. Come see us to make your resume, schedule a mock interview, or design business cards. We offer numerous opportunities to help you find your dream job and help you get hired. Visit us for walk-ins or schedule an appointment Monday through Friday in Shouvlin 210. Get your career started today!