Experiences that might help make you more marketable include developing and communicating a career focus, participating in such activities as volunteer and shadowing and internship opportunities, obtaining career related part time employment during school and summer employment,and participating in career related professional associations to which people employed in your career area of employment belong.
It all starts with getting to know yourself better. Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps:
That's a great question. From personal experience both individually and as a father the approach I took was to think about everything you do in a functional experience way. For example, are you a team player? Are you a leader? Are you a great at time management? Employers are looking for folks that have these sort of skills so think about how you can either develop or quantify that you have these skills.
For example: If you played on a sports team (that was a team sport) you most likely had to be a team player. If you were captain of that team or some other organization your are probably a leader. If you balance multiple tasks and responsibilities (school, work, activities, etc.) you are probably great at time management. Quantify and articulate these experiences for marketability.