4 Things Every Student Should Do Before Graduation

Graduation will be here before you know it. If you want to start putting that college degree to use with a job in your field right away, there are a few things that can keep you one step above the other college grads.

  1. Volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to meet people, practice and learn new skills, and it’s a major resume builder.
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    Spring criminal justice graduates (from left) Jaimee Neerland, Taylor Swenson, Michael Lenzendorf, and Mollie Kallas with criminal justice program chair Wayne Strong.

“New graduates often find themselves in that Catch 22 where they need a job to gain experience, but they cannot get a job until they already have experience,” said Director of Career Services Elizabeth Disch. “Volunteering with an organization closely related to their field of study can be the perfect solution to this conundrum. It provides the opportunity to gain tangible experience that enhances their classroom knowledge, which in turn, makes them instantly more valuable to an employer.”

There are numerous organizations to work with and no matter what field you are studying, there is a related volunteer opportunity out there. Visit www.volunteeryourtime.org to begin your volunteer search.

  1. Network. Many times it really is who you know, not what you know that can land you a job. As a student there are endless opportunities to meet new people and add them to your network. Each field trip, career fair, and club activity you participate in brings new faces your way and gives you the opportunity to connect with professionals in your field.
  2. Clean Up Your Online Presence. The internet is here and it isn’t going anywhere soon. By now, we know that what we put online is out there for the rest of the world to see, including potential employers.

Professional Communications instructor Gabriel Neely says, “Employers are looking for ways to distinguish potential candidates in a very crowded market. It is common for employers to do a web-search of prospective candidates, and students should be mindful of their online presence. In addition to making sure your online presence is clean and professional, consider other ways to enhance your profile. Getting involved in community organizations, professional organizations, or related events also increases your activity or notoriety in the area and in terms increases a positive online presence.”

  1. Meet with Career Services. Globe University offers career services for life. Get to know your career services team and make sure at the minimum you meet with them at the beginning, middle, and end of your program.
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    The Globe University-Madison East Career Services Team: Elizabeth Disch (left) and Julie Christensen

“Job searching in a new career field can be daunting, to say the least,” Career Services director Disch says. “Career Services acts as a partner to students and graduates so they don’t have to walk that path on their own. We make sure students have a compelling resume, strong interviewing skills, and the ability to conduct an effective and efficient job search.”

They are also well connected. Perhaps there is a company you are interested in working for—let your career services team know. They might already have a contact there they can introduce you to.

If you follow all of these steps prior to graduation, you will have a much easier time finding a job in your career field.