You’re a senior? When did that happen?! Time sure does fly. It’s scary to think this year is going to be over before you know it. Take advantage of the time you have left! Spend time with your friends, create a bucket list, do all the fun things this great city has to offer…but prepare for what comes next! Here are some tips to keep in mind as you get ready for the professional life that lies ahead:
6) Start with research, and then create a job search strategy for yourself:
Research the industry and company you want to be in and target your search around these companies. Consider what you like about the company, but also contemplate average salaries, cost of living, and other costs you might be incurring. Utilize NUcareers, online job boards, company websites, and your network!
5) Prepare early:
Utilize LinkedIn, Husky Nation, and go on informational interviews. Set yourself up so that you have people willing to advocate for you come application time.
3) Stay organized:
I am a big fan of spreadsheets…but do what works best for you…that might be a journal, a color-coded calendar, or maybe Google Docs. Keep track of important dates like when an employer is going to be on campus, when an application is due, when you need to follow up, and who in your network might be a good point of contact.
2) Take advantage of all the student discounts while you still can:
Professional organizations offer some great student discounts. It is very affordable for students to join as a member, and attend conferences. It’s the last chance you’ll get for these great prices…but what’s even better are the networking opportunities that will come out of this. Be a part of the conversations on ‘hot topics’ your industry is talking about.
…also make sure you get your fair share of discounts for restaurants, retail, technology, and entertainment.
1) Visit Career Development!
We have a network of employers that are eager to recruit seniors like YOU! Take advantage of information sessions, panel discussions, and interviews that happen right here on campus. Go to events, workshops and walk-in appointments. Attend the Senior Career Conference on 1/22 and the Career Fair on 2/4 – both great opportunities to learn and network with employers. Still unsure about what to do? Schedule a 1-on-1 advising session with a career advisor! We are here to help!
Emily Norris is a Career Advisor at Northeastern Career Development. She loves working with students and guiding them to make informed career decisions that will lead to personal happiness. She enjoys hiking and a good workout, but also loves cooking and baking for friends and family to ensure a healthy balance! Tweet her @CareerCoachNU