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What happens if I get a college degree, but have no experience outside the classroom?

I ask because this because I am a full-time student, spending all my time on class work, but do not know if employers will look for something else besides a degree from me. #graduate #employer

Thank you comment icon I am in a very similar boat! I have been told (just as Matilde Zelaya told you) that experience means a lot to potential employers. I believe that you can still get a job with your degree, but they will be more inclined to go for someone that has at least a little bit of work experience, even if it isn't in your field of choice. Other things that are of interest to potential employers, and count both towards experience and class are certifications. I have a couple (as per suggested by my professors, and genuine interest), depending on what you wish to pursue, seeing if your university has an certification programs might be of use to you. As well as looking into summer internships or part-time jobs. I hope this helped! Ashley

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Dr. Liz’s Answer

You may need an internship that your counsellor could help you to find. In addition, to participate in different clubs related to your field and if you can lead one, it could be great, because you can show your leadership during your study time. I don't know your field, but may be you can look for certifications that could help you during your search for a job.
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Beth’s Answer

Mario,
you didn't mention your field of study but experience is important. Although you'll get experience once you've landed the job, having some experience may be what opens the door to the job you want.

As hiring managers review resumes, they look at the combination of education and experience. If the position requires a degree and all candidates have the degree, work experience may be the deciding factor for the hiring manager.

Your counsellor may be able to point you to resources or opportunities for summer internships and paid or volunteer opportunities. You might also reach out to a favorite professor and ask about the possibility of being a Teaching Assistant (TA).
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Matilde’s Answer

Mario, experience is as important as a diploma, depending on what you are studying, and what your major is, I recommend that you obtain a part time job or an internship during your last year in College, if this job relates to your courses in college that's even better. I think the sacrifice of being a full time student and a part time worker will payoff, you are young and have all the energy to accomplish that. Good luck in finding that internship or part time job.

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