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What are some ways to prepare for my final semester at college?

I have one final semester to go at my current school in order to get my Bachelor's Degree. Are there any steps I should take during this final semester? Should I join any clubs or get involved with any other school activities? And if so, do those ultimately affect my career search after I graduate? #college #college-student #student-clubs

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Amanda!


You are asking a very important question!


The most important thing that you can start doing (if you are not already doing it) is to network. 70 - 80% of people who get jobs get them from networking: Here are some suggestions:
http://www.wikihow.com/Network
https://www.themuse.com/advice/everyone-feels-awkward-5-more-networking-truths-thatll-make-it-so-much-easier
https://www.themuse.com/advice/2-little-words-that-will-up-your-networking-game


Places where you might benefit by using networking:
- contact the head of alumni relations and arrange to talk to people that graduated from you school in your area of interest so that you can talk to them to see what they are doing and how they got there and how you feel about what they are doing.
- talk to you favorite professors to arrange to talk with people that they know from whom you could gain valuable information.
- talk to the reference librarian at your library or talk to you favorite professors to learn about professional organization to which people in your career interest area might belong so that you could go to meetings and mix and mingle.
- talk to the appropriate people at your school to identify intern, coop, shadowing, and volunteer programs in which you could participate so that you could mix and mingle and learn about the inside of your career area of interest.
- let everyone that you meet that you are interested in further exploring you area of interest and find new people with whom you can network


Networking will allow you to gain valuable knowledge about the inside view of your career area of interest and make relationships that will benefit you throughout your life.


Remember - a job and career area might look one way on the outside and another from the inside.


Best of luck! Please keep me informed. I would like to follow your progress.

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Caroline’s Answer

I would say that your last semester of college should be spent figuring out long term goals as well as networking. If you have not gotten involved in clubs I would say to opt out of joining one now but you can look for volunteer projects related to your major and goals. I did a few in my time and found some of the things I’m most passionate about. Good luck!!
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