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While attending college, what is recommended for college students to do outside of school?

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I was wondering what people do outside of college besides school work. Is it recommended for us to find jobs or internships while attending school? #college #career #jobs #internships

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Joel’s Answer

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Hi An, I think that's a great question and that's excellent to see you already preparing for your college experience. Here are my 3 pieces of advice for you: 1) College is a lot of fun, but the main purpose is to learn and do well in classes. Focus on getting adjusted to college life, being away from home, meeting new people, etc. Everyone adjusts differently and you want to give yourself time to feel comfortable with your classes and university life in general. 2) I strongly suggest joining at least one club or organization your Freshman year and maybe one more each additional year. This is a great way to meet people and make friends, explore the campus and community, and have unique experiences that many other students won't get (and you can add it to your #resume. I was involved in many groups in college and met some amazing people that way. I waited until a few months in to Freshman year before I joined because I wanted to focus on classes and getting adjusted first. 3) If you want to do an internship, I would suggest talking with your #career Services Department, Academic Advisors, and Professors (or members of any student organizations you have joined) and they will be able to provide you with good insight in to opportunities. I would begin researching Sophomore year and waiting until Junior or even Senior year to do an internship. I loved college and was very thankful for being involved in many different groups. Good luck!

Wayne’s Answer

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It sounds like you are definitely thinking with a view toward the future. There are several options to consider while you are in College which will demonstrate your leadership ability, initiative, community spirit and/or assist you in deciding if the career path you are on is right for you. You mention internships which are great in assisting with getting your foot in the door in your chosen career. There are recruiters from many industries that will either visit the campus or provide contact information to the various department heads so they can screen prospective interns and/or candidates. Take advantage of those opportunities and get to know your councilors and department heads. If you find an internship that sounds appealing, go for it. Even if you don't get it, you gain from having tried.
Every time you go thru an interview, you gain experience and they become more comfortable so use this time to get familiar with the process. Remember that an interview is a two way street and you are evaluating the company/position at the same time that they are evaluating you. Use that time to ask questions and find out more than "how much does it pay?" Use your time during the school year to participate in extra-curricular activities. Your resume will benefit in that you can demonstrate your leadership capabilities by describing what you accomplished by being engaged.
Community service is another opportunity to demonstrate your willingness not only to learn, but to give back. Remember, you are building your resume which is your story. What you have to say in your story depends on how much material you have to work with so do the things which make you happy and also provides data to show what type of individual you really are. Recruiters and hiring managers are used to seeing resumes for recent graduates who have little to no actual work experience so you must differentiate yourself and give them facts and examples of how you utilize your abilities in areas other than a work environment. Good luck!