So college is coming to an end…now what?

KristinWelcome our new marketing intern Kristin. She joins us for the next few months while finishing up her last semester of college at the University of Mary. Here is her first blog entry and she is going to offer up some of her tips if you are close to finishing up college and wondering what to do next.

So college is coming to an end…now what?

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last 16 years of your life reading textbooks, studying, taking notes, passing (and failing) exams, and pulling all-nighters to write that paper you’ve put off all semester, then you’re probably also thinking “what in the world am I going to do now?”

Graduating from college is both exciting and scary, because you’re about to step into a whole, new world of freedom and responsibility: which basically means that you have to get a job. Now, I’m no expert on getting that perfect job, but as a graduating senior with some amazing mentors, I can offer a few suggestions and ideas for what to do after you flip that tassel to the other side.

TRAVEL:
Have you ever been out of North Dakota before? Or even traveled to another part of our state? Experience different outlooks on life and varying cultures then bring them home to share with family and friends.

GET AN INTERNSHIP:
If you didn’t have an internship in college, now is the time to get one. In North Dakota, a large percentage of internships are paid, and it gives you an opportunity to get hands on, professional experience, and everyone around you understands that you’re learning. I can’t stress the importance of having an internship enough; it’s one of the most valuable “resume building” tools.

FIND A MENTOR:
Or two, or three. Finding a couple of professionals who are willing to offer you advice in your job search is crucial. Not only will they rip apart your resume, but they’ll give you sound suggestions for what employers are looking for, they’ll offer interview tips, and help you to build some “street cred” in your new area of expertise.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
I could write about this topic all day, but more than likely, you’ve probably already heard it all. But seriously…make a LinkedIn account and USE it, clean up Facebook, use Twitter in your job search. I found this nifty little website the other day that includes the most popular hashtags for job seekers.
http://blog.resumebear.com/college-graduates/50-hottest-twitter-hashtags-for-job-seekers/#comments

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