As a Junior in college, you’ll begin to feel the urgency of the graduation deadline. You’ll be out in the “real world” in less than 2 years. What have you done to prepare yourself for the career search? Here are some things that you should be doing as a Junior (in addition to what you should have already done your Freshman-Sophomore year):
- Industry Focus – By now, you should have confirmed your interest in 1-2 industries. All the research you’ve done over the past couple of years will now begin to pay off. You’re starting to figure out what you want to “be when you grow up”. Having your focus narrowed down to 1-2 industries will allow you to gain even more insight from others. Don’t be afraid to ask people in that industry if they enjoy their career and how they got there.
- Career Fairs – As a Junior, career fairs should be a two-part approach: 1. To land your second internship (whether it’s 2nd year at the same company or new company) and 2. Get serious about full-time opportunities after graduation. Don’t wait until the Spring career fair to do this. When schools starts in the fall, recruiters are in hiring mode, filling positions for the next summer and fall management classes. Don’t miss your chance.
Is this all starting to make sense? Again, this is simply my take on student preparation. Others have said similar things on the subject. I’d be happy to help where I can. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/kbaumann) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/kbaumann). Keep working towards landing your dream job!