TWO IMPORTANT WORDS FOR YOU: Career Services
Talking to second semester college seniors this spring, I have been floored by the number of them who have NOT taken advantage of the career services for which they and their parents are paying at their colleges and universities. The career service is one of the most important services at the college. Their services enable students to be job-ready in terms of resume, interview skills and attending on campus interviews set up by the colleges for them.
Contrary to popular belief, the career services offices are not just for seniors. In fact, the student who enters college with the end game in mind, should visit the career services center as a freshman. At that point, the student can get an understanding of the assistance they provide. They often help with gaining summer employment related to field of study as well as internships. Career services offices help students think about what is coming for which they need to prepare in terms of opportunities that will strengthen their job applications later.
Students who enter college with their employment goals in mind and who want to maximize their college investment, need to begin by visiting the career services offices at their college during their freshman year. I view the lack of preparation for jobs during college the same way I view any lack of planning for college during high school. Both of these behaviors have the potential to reduce future success which diminishes the return on the precious investment families make in higher education.