Graduation is fast approaching. It is to celebrate all of those years of hard work and finally get that chance to be a professional in a particular field. But before that day comes and you get exposed to pure professionalism, there might be some things you need to learn first to avoid having any regrets in the future. So here are four things you should prepare before graduating:
1. Get Your Resume Ready
You might think that just because graduation is still far, it’s better to start early by preparing your resume and making changes along the way. Resume writing won’t be that hard, especially now that our technology has made resume samples and formats accessible, which can help you get started. But even with the help of these templates, the main content is what’s important. Learning how to make the best resume is the deal to getting the job.
If you started making your resume months early, don’t forget to update it when preparing to pass it to a company. It includes your contact information and professional social media links or websites. And if you had any part-time or internship experience during your graduating year, add it to your list in the experience section.
2. Practice and Prepare for Interviews
I’m sure most have their dream company or dream work. To be able to get that job, your CV shouldn’t be the only impressive thing. You must also make an excellent impression on your employer. Applying to a job before graduation or even if it’s just an internship, can help you gain experience and help shape your resume. The career coaches at the university can assist you in getting ready for common and uncommon interview questions. It’s always a good idea to examine your qualifications and be prepared to discuss your achievements.
3. Stay Connected With The University
A few benefits of keeping in touch with your university include assistance in completing a certification exam, connections for possible employment, or support with financial aid inquiries. The school could also want to get in touch with you to see how you’re doing on the employment front or to let you know about alums- or business-related activities. Joining the alum association can also be a helpful resource, and you can consider doing so even before you graduate. Alumni networks from schools can assist with job leads, career support, and chances for social and professional activities.
It is also good to stay in contact with your professors, instructors, or any staff that might help you in the future. They don’t have to be your favorite person in the establishment as long as they are friendly, decent, and mature. A letter of recommendation from a previous instructor could show how dedicated you are and why you would make an excellent employee to a prospective company. Before and after you graduate, stay in touch with your teachers to let them know your professional aspirations.
The last and the most important of all is to prepare yourself. Yes, you’ve been through different struggles in University, and professional and real life are different. There might be instances where you wish you knew something before and regret things but experiences are different. And these experiences will help you grow throughout your journey. Prepare yourself for an overwhelming experience. Yes, aiming for your goal is good, but expect the unexpected to happen.
Don’t also lock yourself in a small space with a small dream. Go broader and wiser. Professionalism might be hard in some situations but being optimistic, especially when you love the job you do, is essential. It is also why you should never leave out having fun. You can be busy on days but don’t forget to have fun or have some healing alone. Don’t forget to celebrate too, if there are special occasions or good news!