How can your son or daughter get the best return on your
investment in their college education-a good job and launch into
their first career?
Good grades and the right major are important blocks in the
foundation of finding a job after graduation. There are, however,
other steps students can take to increase their value to potential
- Do an internship. Maybe the
most important thing a student can do is find an internship-get
real work experience in the field. Many employers look within their
own internship programs when they need to fill entry-level
That means, if a student does a good job while in an internship,
he or she may get a job offer from that organization. And, while an
internship could be the foot-in-the-door that a new grad needs, it
also gives a student a realistic look at the prospective job,
company, and career.
- Visit Internship and Career Services (ICS).
Research shows that tapping into the resources offered by career
services can increase the likelihood of getting a job offer.
While career advisors won't "place" a student in a job,
they teach students skills that will help them find their way onto
and up the career ladder. They teach students how to put together
winning resumes and cover letters, how to interview successfully,
and how to dress professionally. They critique resumes, practice
interview techniques, and post job listings. All services at
ICS are free to current students and alumni.
Plus, career advisors know the employers that hire on their
college campuses-they work with them on a regular basis-and can put
a student in touch with the organizations looking for new
Courtesy of the National
Association of Colleges and Employers.
- Start the job-search process early.
- Find the right major and start to plot a career path during the
- Start exploring internship opportunities. What's better than an
internship the summer after junior year? Multiple internships.
Freshmen and sophomores may find internships too.